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NYC Commission on Human Rights


  US - New York ,  NY

The New York City Commission on Human Rights is charged with the enforcement of the Human Rights Law, Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and with educating the public and encouraging positive community relations.

  About Project

Responding to recent global awareness surrounding the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the workplace and building off the momentum from a historic public hearing on this issue held in December 2017, the NYC Commission on Human Rights unveiled its latest public information campaign entitled "It's Sexual Harassment. Report it. End it".

The campaign features graphic representations of some common excuses made by harassers to dismiss allegations of sexual harassment – "it's just a joke", "It's just a hug", "It's just flirting", but crossed out to clarify that these behaviors in the workplace can point to sexual harassment under the NYC Human Rights Law. Advertisements were placed on NYC Subways, LinkNYC Street-Level Kiosks, Bus Shelters, and in posters in bodegas, nail salons, hair salons, and Colleges across NYC.

The Commission enforces one the strongest and most extensive civil rights law in the nation, the NYC Human Rights Law, which protects New Yorkers against discrimination and harassment in employment, housing, and public accommodations, among other areas.

Since reports of sexual harassment are often dismissed or minimized in the workplace, the ads remind New Yorkers that the Commission recognizes these actions as sexual harassment and encourages them to report it by calling our Infoline at 718-722-3131.

The overall goal of the campaign is to establish the NYC Commission on Human Rights as a viable venue of justice for victims of sexual harassment – and to influence a greater number of victims to report their experiences with sexual harassment to the Commission.


Carmen Boon, Deputy Commissioner of Communications and Marketing, NYC Commission on Human Rights

Creative Development, Vanguard