While there is no federal law that protects against discrimination on the basis of marital status or parental status, New York law does provide such protection. New York City and State Human Rights Law prohibit employers with four or more employees from treating workers or applicants differently because of their status as single or married or because they are parents.
An example of marital status discrimination is when an employer refuses to promote a woman because she is married (assuming that she places her spousal obligations above her work obligations), while the same employer promotes married men and/or single employees. An example of parental status discrimination is when an employer does not hire an individual because she is a woman with young children.
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