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Legal Protections And External Remedies

Aside from the internal process employees may also choose to pursue legal remedies with the following governmental entities at any time.

New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR)

The New York State Human Rights Law (HRL) applies to employers in New York State with regard to discrimination and sexual harassment claims.  A complaint alleging violation of the Human Rights Law may be filed either with DHR within one year or in New York State Supreme Court within three years. DHR’s main office contact information is:  NYS Division of Human Rights, One Fordham Plaza, Fourth Floor, Bronx, New York 10458, (718) 741-8400, www.dhr.ny.gov.

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The EEOC enforces federal anti-discrimination laws, including Title VII of the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act (codified as 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.).  An individual can file a complaint with the EEOC anytime within 300 days from the harassment.  Contact the EEOC at 1-800-669-4000 (1-800-669-6820 (TTY)), www.eeoc.gov or via email at info@eeoc.gov

Westchester County Human Rights Commission

Westchester County enforces laws protecting individuals from sexual harassment and discrimination. An individual may contact the Westchester County HRC at 112 East Post Rd., 3rd Fl. White Plains, NY 10601 or (914) 995-7710.

Office of Civil Rights

The Office of Civil Rights addresses questions concerning sexual harassment, misconduct and discrimination including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Questions concerning civil rights may be made to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education, Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-1100 or call the OCR main numbers (800) 421-3481 FREE, TDD or (800) 877-8339 FRE or email the OCR’s New York office ocr.newyork@ed.gov or by telephone at 646-428-3800.

Whistleblower Hotline

Employees of Iona may also report instances of harassment or discrimination or any violation of policy to the Whistleblower hotline. Reports made to the hotline will be reviewed internally by Iona personnel. Phone: (877) 472-2110; reports@lighthouse-services.com; Fax: (245) 6893885;www.lighthouse-service.com/iona.