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New laws fight gender discrimination

ALBANY — New York’s governor has signed several pieces of legislation intended to strengthen laws on sexual harassment, domestic violence, sex trafficking and gender discrimination when it comes to pay and pregnancy.

The laws passed this year after being held up by a fight over an abortion rights measure that remains in legislative limbo.

They include provisions expanding the state’s prohibition on sexual harassment to businesses of all sizes; banning discrimination against employees with children; protecting domestic violence victims from housing discrimination; and requiring companies to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers.

Another new law increases penalties for sex trafficking and makes it easier for victims to get help.

Cuomo, who signed the bills on Wednesday, says they reflect New York’s long commitment to ensuring equality and opportunity for all.