- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s Republican-controlled Senate has approved eight bills intended to ensure women’s rights in the workplace and housing but excluded a ninth measure to codify abortion rights that the Democrat-controlled Assembly supports.

The Senate’s 62-0 votes highlight the divide that kept all nine bills from enactment last year when the upper chamber passed them separately, and Assembly kept all nine in one package.

The bills would ensure equal pay for women, outlaw employment discrimination based on family status and allow sex harassment complaints at workplaces with fewer than four employees.

They would also require reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant women, prevent housing discrimination against domestic violence victims, authorize electronic filing of orders of protection, allow attorney’s fees in employment and credit sex-discrimination cases and increase penalties for human trafficking.

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