Single-Sex Facilities Policy Poster

Single-Sex Facilities Policy Poster

Executive Order 16 requires all New York City agencies to ensure that City employees and members of the public have access to single-sex facilities, such as bathrooms and locker rooms in City buildings and areas, consistent with their gender identity or expression without being required to show identification, medical documentation, or any other form of proof or verification of gender.

As part of Executive Order 16, City agencies were required to display this posting in conspicuous locations for employees and members of the public to see within three months after the signing of the Executive Order on March 7, 2016. The Executive Order also requires that City agencies:

  • train managers on the policy within one year and frontline staff within two years;
  • update agency Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) plans to incorporate training requirements within three months; and
  • report steps taken to comply with the executive order to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) pursuant to EEO reporting requirements.

Since 2002, the New York City Human Rights Law has protected people against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. Executive Order 16 follows a legal enforcement guidance issued by the NYC Commission on Human Rights in December 2015, which clarifies that denying access to bathrooms or other single-sex facilities based on gender identity or expression is a violation of the NYC Human Rights Law.

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