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Carmelyn P. Malalis

Carmelyn P. Malalis

New York City Commission on Human Rights
Commissioner
New York, NY, USA


Carmelyn P. Malalis was appointed Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights by Mayor Bill de Blasio and began her tenure in February 2015 following more than a decade in private practice as an advocate for employees’ rights in the workplace.

Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Malalis was a partner at Outten & Golden LLP. She joined the firm in 2004 where she co-founded and co-chaired its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Rights Practice Group; co-chaired its Disability and Family Responsibilities Discrimination Practice Group; and successfully represented employees in negotiations, agency proceedings, and litigation involving claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, disability, and religion. She is currently a member of the New York City Bar Association's Executive Committee and has held a variety of leadership roles with other groups, including co-chairing the Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession for the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, serving on the Advisory Committee of the LGBT Rights Project at Human Rights Watch, chairing the New York City Bar’s Committee on LGBT Rights, and serving on the board of Queers for Economic Justice. In 2014, Commissioner Malalis co-planned and co-facilitated the inaugural Employment Law Institute at the National Lesbian & Gay Law Association’s annual Lavender Law Conference.She has been a member of the New York State Bar Association, the National Lesbian & Gay Law Association, and the Lesbian & Gay Law Association of Greater New York.

Commissioner Malalis earned her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law and received a B.A. in Women's Studies from Yale University. She and her wife live in Brooklyn with their two children.

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