Carmelyn P. Malalis, JD
Carmelyn P. Malalis (she/her) is the former Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the agency tasked with combating discrimination in New York City. During her tenure, the NYC Human Rights Law was amended over 20 times to expand protections in the City, and the Commission was known for its aggressive law enforcement, creative approaches to education and outreach, a strong commitment to restorative justice principles, and outreach to historically underserved and marginalized communities throughout the City. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Malalis was a partner at Outten & Golden LLP where she co-founded and co-chaired its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Rights Practice Group. While at the firm, she 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 a frequent speaker and commentator on human rights and issues involving diversity, equity, and inclusion; has held various leadership positions within the New York City Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and other bar associations; and is the recipient of numerous awards for her commitment to championing the rights of LGBTQIA, BIPOC, immigrant, and religious communities.