New York Consolidated Laws, Civil Rights Law - CVR § 79-n. Bias-related violence or intimidation;  civil remedy

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<[As added by L.2010, c. 227.  Another § 79-n was added by another act.]>

1. The following definitions are applicable to this section:

(a) The term “disability” means a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.

(b) The term “age” means sixty years of age or more.

(c) The term “sexual orientation” means a person's actual or perceived homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.

(d) The term “gender” means a person's actual or perceived sex and shall include a person's gender identity or expression.

2. Any person who intentionally selects a person or property for harm or causes damage to the property of another or causes physical injury or death to another in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct, shall be liable, in a civil action or proceeding maintained by such individual or group of individuals, for injunctive relief, damages, or any other appropriate relief in law or equity.  If it shall appear to the satisfaction of the court or justice that the respondent has, in fact, violated this section, an injunction may be issued by such court or justice, enjoining and restraining any further violation, without requiring proof that any person has, in fact, been injured or damaged thereby.

3. Whenever there shall be a violation of this section, an application may be made by the attorney general in the name of the people of the state of New York to a court or justice having jurisdiction for an injunction to enjoin and restrain the continuance of such activity.  In connection with any such application, the attorney general is authorized to take proof and determine the relevant facts and to issue subpoenas in accordance with the civil practice law and rules.

4. In any such action or proceeding, the court, in its discretion, may allow the party commencing such action or proceeding, if such party prevails, reasonable attorneys' fees as part of the costs.

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