FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2017
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NYC COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS CHARGES FOUR SUBSTANCE ABUSE CENTERS WITH DISCRIMINATORY INTAKE POLICIES FOR TRANSGENDER PATIENTS
Commission charges centers with gender identity discrimination under the NYC Human Rights Law, including refusing to admit transgender patients, assigning rooms according to patients’ gender assigned at birth rather than their gender identity, and subjecting patients to physical exams to determine gender identity
NEW YORK – The NYC Commission on Human Rights announces today four complaints filed against substance abuse centers across the City for discriminatory policies involving the intake of transgender patients. The complaints, which the Commission filed on behalf of the City, were the result of proactive testing conducted by the Commission following reports of discrimination from advocates. The centers include Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (Brooklyn), Addicts Rehabilitation Center (Manhattan), Promesa Residential Health Care Facility (Bronx), and the Thomas and Marie White Health Center (Queens).
The Commission’s complaints, filed by its Law Enforcement Bureau, charge the centers with gender identity discrimination for refusing to accept transgender patients and for discriminatory housing policies, including assigning rooms based on a patient’s gender assigned at birth rather than their gender identity, subjecting patients to physical examinations, and forcing transgender patients into separate rooms. The substance abuse centers involved in these investigations have been notified of the alleged violations and the Commission continues the investigations.
“It is a sad reality that transgender New Yorkers continue to face discrimination when they seek services or utilize public accommodations,” said Councilwoman and Chair of the LGBT Caucus, Rosie Mendez. “It is reprehensible to think that social service providers at substance abuse treatment centers are denying services to anyone who is seeking assistance. Furthermore, it’s offensive that these providers are denying services to the transgender community. I want to thank the NYC Human Rights Commission for investigating the claims of transgender individuals who sought and were denied services. Our city does not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind and I am grateful that our agencies continue to hold institutions accountable for their actions.”