Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 10, 2023||
referred to codes
Senate Bill S4549
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Codes Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-S4549 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-S4549 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S4549 SPONSOR: GOUNARDES TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to libel and defama- tion actions PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To protect victims of employment discrimination from libel or defamation suits when they file internal complaints about the discrimination they are experiencing SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of this bill amends Section 74 of the Civil Rights Law which provides the circumstances in which defamation suits may not be pursued. This bill amends this section to say that victims of employment discrim- ination are protected from defamation suits when such suits are based on "protected allegations" of unlawful discrimination made to the employer or his or her agent by the victims of unlawful discrimination or his or
2023-S4549 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4549 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 10, 2023 ___________ Introduced by Sens. GOUNARDES, BROUK, HOYLMAN-SIGAL, JACKSON, KRUEGER, MYRIE, RAMOS, RIVERA, SALAZAR, THOMAS -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to libel and defama- tion actions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 74 of the civil rights law, as added by chapter 310 of the laws of 1962, is amended to read as follows: § 74. Privileges in action for libel OR DEFAMATION. 1. (A) A civil action cannot be maintained against any person, firm or corporation, for the publication of a fair and true report of any judicial proceeding, legislative proceeding or other official proceeding, or for any heading of the report which is a fair and true headnote of the statement published. (B) This section does not apply to a libel contained in any other matter added by any person concerned in the publication; or in the report of anything said or done at the time and place of such a proceed- ing which was not a part thereof. 2. NO CAUSE OF ACTION FOR DEFAMATION CAN BE MAINTAINED BY ANY PERSON OR ENTITY, AGAINST ANY PERSON OR ENTITY, WHERE THE SUBJECT OF SUCH ACTION INCLUDES A PROTECTED ALLEGATION, WHETHER SUCH PROTECTED ALLEGA- TION IS FORMAL OR INFORMAL, ORAL OR IN WRITING. "PROTECTED ALLEGATION" SHALL MEAN AN ALLEGATION MADE TO AN EMPLOYER OR ITS AGENT BY A PERSON PROTECTED BY THE NEW YORK STATE HUMAN RIGHTS LAW OR NEW YORK CITY HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, OR SUCH PERSON'S AGENT, OF (A) AN UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE AS DEFINED BY THE NEW YORK STATE HUMAN RIGHTS LAW OR NEW YORK CITY HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, WHERE SUCH ALLEGATION RELATES TO EMPLOYMENT, OR (B) EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION (INCLUDING RETALIATION) PROHIBITED BY ANY FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL LAW. § 2. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03096-01-3
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