In 1945, New York was the first state to enact an anti-discrimination law. It's an omnibus statute banning discrimination in employment, housing, credit, and places of public accommodation and non-sectarian educational institutions.
In 1968, under the Human Rights Law, the State Division of Human Rights was created, which describes that the state has the responsibility to act to assure that every individual within the state is afforded an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life.
The Yonkers Commission on Human Rights was created under resolution Number 622 of 1963. The same was amended under Resolution Number 713 of 1966, Number 116 of 1969, Number 13 of 1979, and Number 131 of 1982 by the City Council of the City of Yonkers.
The Yonkers Commission on Human Rights serves as an alternative to the court system for resolving discrimination claims. The Yonkers Commission on Human Rights has jurisdiction and power to encourage and promote the development and execution by all persons within the City of Yonkers of such programs; to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in places of public accommodation, resort or amusement, in educational institutions, in commercial space and in credit transactions and to take other actions against discrimination. The Yonkers Commission on Human Rights is responsible for promoting awareness of human rights issues and remedies.