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Harassment Added to Law Firm Bias Rules in New York State Update

June 14, 2022, 6:44 PM

An update to New York’s law firm discrimination rules adding harassment provisions and lowering the reporting requirements was adopted by the state intermediate-level appellate courts on Tuesday.

New York’s Rule 8.4(g) of the Rules of Professional Conduct previously barred unlawful discrimination in the practice of law, including in hiring. It also outlined a comprehensive process for filing of complaints.

While the old rule required exhaustion of administrative remedies before a complaint could be brought, “that requirement is now eliminated,” Stephen Gillers, who lectures on professional responsibility at New York University School of Law, told Bloomberg Law Tuesday.

In addition ...