From Lexology, Jacklyn J. Ford and Michael C. Griffaton discuss changes in the laws of New York that prohibit harassment of independent contractors. They write:
HARASSMENT OF NON-EMPLOYEES IS PROHIBITED (EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY)
It is now an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to permit sexual harassment of contractors, subcontractors, vendors, consultants, or other persons providing services pursuant to a contract (or one of their employees). An employer may be liable for sexual harassment when it knew or should have known that such non-employee was subjected to sexual harassment in the employer’s workplace, and the employer failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action. The extent of the employer’s control and any other legal responsibility which the employer may have with respect to the conduct of the harasser must be considered in assessing liability.
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