New York-Specific Resources

New York-Specific Resources

  • This letter requests a “reasonable accommodation” under New York City’s Human Rights Law. A reasonable accommodation is a change at work that will help you stay safe and allow you to do your job. You can also use this letter to ask for time off to take steps to address the violence.
  • This letter is drafted to challenge, under New York City’s Human Rights Law, a firing, demotion, or other change in how you are treated at work because your employer knows you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. It also requests “reasonable accommodations,” or changes at the workplace, to help you stay safe and do your job.
  • Employment Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking Working in New York City.
  • Brochure for Advocates on How to Help Clients Stay Safe and Employed in New York City.

  • This sample letter provides a guide for domestic violence victims to ask for reasonable accommodation from their employers under state law.
  • This sample letter provides a guide for domestic violence victims to challenge firing by their employers under state law.
  • Domestic or sexual violence often affects victims or survivors at work. Victims may need time off to address the violence. They may also need changes made at work to stop the abuser or perpetrator from harassing them at work or to make the workplace safer. Some victims are illegally fired because of the violence. There are many laws that give victims working in New York City important rights and benefits. This guide answers some common questions.
  • Under federal welfare law, New York State receives a block of money from the federal government to design and run its welfare program. New York decides who qualifies for welfare, how much assistance a family can receive, how long a family can receive assistance and the types of programs that will be available to help welfare recipients. In New York, families can receive cash benefits for up to five years (with the possibility of continued assistance in the form of vouchers after that time – called Safety Net Assistance). New York requires every adult welfare recipient to participate in a work or training activity as a condition of receiving welfare unless an individual is excused. In addition, welfare recipients are required to assist the state in collecting child support from non-custodial parents. The work requirement, the time limits, and the child support enforcement cooperation requirement may pose problems for survivors of domestic violence, but exemptions may be available. This guide explains welfare provisions that can help domestic violence survivors
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