Civil Rights and Accessibility

Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the state of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment and equal access to all programs and services without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, military status, disability, marital status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, arrest record, previous conviction record, and any other status or condition protected by law.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services complies with State and federal civil rights laws and is committed to providing its programs and services without discrimination in accordance with:

  • New York State Human Rights Law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, military status, disability, marital status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, arrest record, previous conviction record, and any other status or condition protected by law.
  • Executive Order 187: Ensuring Diversity and Inclusion and Combating Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace, which provides the Governor's Office of Employee Relations (GOER) shall be responsible for conducting all investigations into employment-related discrimination complaints filed by employees, contractors, interns or other persons engaged in employment at Affected State Agencies.
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin (including language).
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination based on disability.
  • Title IX of the Educations Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities.
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which prohibits discrimination based on age.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation 6 C.F.R. Part 19, which prohibits discrimination based on religion in social service programs.

To File A Complaint

If you think that DHSES has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way based on age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, military status, disability, marital status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, arrest record, previous conviction record, and any other status or condition protected by law, you may submit a complaint through the online portal or by mail, fax or email with: The Governor's Office of Employee Relations, Anti-Discrimination Unit.

Members of the public, employees, contractors, or interns should use this form to file a discrimination complaint against or on behalf of a NYS employee.

Onlinehttps://antidiscrimination.goer.ny.gov (fastest method to submit your complaint)

E-mail[email protected]

U.S. Mail:
Governor's Office of Employee Relations Anti-Discrimination Investigations Division
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 2
Albany, New York 12223

For additional information: https://goer.ny.gov/anti-discrimination-investigations

Telephone: 518-474-1920

Reasonable Accommodations

The State of New York is committed to assuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.

It is the policy of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) to provide reasonable accommodations in all of its programs and services.  This policy is based on the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title II and all applicable federal regulations thereunder.

DHSES strives to provide:

  • Physical accessibility at government facilities, programs and events;
  • Policies, procedures, and accommodations to ensure that all people can partake in, and benefit from, DHSES programs and services; and
  • Necessary auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication to all people.

The Designee for Reasonable Accommodation (DRA) and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator is:

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 518-486-1631
Mail: Office of General Services
        Designee for Reasonable Accommodations (DRA), Kim Morigerato
        Human Resources Management
        31st Floor, Corning Tower
        Albany, NY 12242

Related Documents

Review the DHSES Policy for Reasonable Accommodation in its entirety below, and follow links to notices and forms.

Accessibility

This web site is in compliance with the Accessibility of State Agency Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications, published by the NYS Office for Information Technology ServicesNYS Information Technology Policy NYS-P08-005.

If you have any questions or concerns about the accessibility of any part of this web site please contact us by e-mail.

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