Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Anticipating federal restrictions on reproductive choice, states and cities have been looking to implement legislation that will protect reproductive rights. New York City recently enacted a bill that prevents employment discrimination based upon sexual health choices.
The bill summary notes:
"The bill would prohibit discrimination in employment, and discriminatory harassment or violence, based on an individual’s sexual and reproductive health decisions. Sexual and reproductive health decisions would be defined to include any decision by an individual to receive services, which are arranged for or offered or provided to individuals relating to sexual and reproductive health, including the reproductive system and its functions. Such services include, but are not limited to, fertility-related medical procedures, sexually transmitted disease prevention, testing, and treatment, and family planning services and counseling, such as birth control drugs and supplies, emergency contraception, sterilization procedures, pregnancy testing, and abortion."
The law will go into effect on May 20, 2019. To read further commentary, click here.