Gender Equality Law Center
Who We Are
The Gender Equality Law Center is a nonprofit legal services and advocacy center. Our mission is to advance laws and policies that will promote gender equality in all spheres of public and private life.
We fight to break down barriers caused by explicit bias and implicit stereotyping that have historically limited rights and opportunities for individuals because of their gender, gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation.
We also work to identify and challenge other biases, including race, age and religion that impact society's views of women and gender non-conforming individuals.
How to Get Help
Call our intake hotline at (888) 833-4363, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To the best of your ability, be prepared to discuss the timeline of events and the dates that the discrimination occurred.
Who We Serve
- Language(s) Spoken
- Spanish / Español
- Circumstances and languages in which interpreters are provided
Co-counsel services, intake calls, providing basic legal information about clients' legal rights, client meetings and trainings.
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Type of Help
- This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
- Full Legal Representation
- Brief Advice
- Description of Services
Trainings, Legal support & co-counsel assistance, legislative reform
GELC provides pro bono legal services to New Yorkers who have experienced discrimination on the basis of gender, gender identity or expression, and/or sexual orientation. Our work primarily is focused on discrimination or harassment that occurs within the employment or education sector. The issues in which GELC focuses include, but are not limited to, sexual harassment and assault, pregnancy discrimination and accommodation, unequal pay, paid family leave, LGBTQ discrimination, discrimination on the basis of one's status as a victim of intimate partner violence or stalking, gender discrimination and caregiver discrimination.
In selecting the clients that GELC represents, we look for cases that will advance new laws and expand existing legal protections for both individuals and groups, using a variety of advocacy efforts to promote and influence change within workplaces and public accommodations, such as educational institutions.
GELC also co-counsels with or provides referrals to a large network of private or government attorneys. We advise lawyers both in the private and public sector on litigation strategy and the substantive law on cases that have a significant legal issue impacting gender equality. GELC also works to advance and support legislation that will enhance the rights and opportunities of individuals who have historically experienced gender-based discrimination.