Discrimination cases filed by city employees in New York has been on the rise, particularly during Mayor Bloomberg’s first two terms in office, at rate of 12 percent higher than Rudolph W. Giuliani’s two terms as mayor. The legal claims are related biases such as a male police officer who alleged that his female supervisor had sexually harassed him; a sexual harassment claim from a secretary at the Department for the Aging; and grievances from allegations based on demotions, racial bias and age discrimination. Many of the discrimination claims have been resolved by paying settlements, rather than the cases going to trial. From 2002 to 2009, the city settled over 400 employee discrimination cases, for more than $69 million, which was more than double the amount paid by the Giuliani administration. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/06/nyregion/municipal-employees-bias-suits-rise-under-bloomberg.html?_r=1&ref=discrimination
In 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was enacted to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin in the workplace and in society in general. Then in 2000, the Hate Crimes Act of 2000 was enacted by NY, in which a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified offense and either:
a) intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is
committed or intended to be committed 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, or
b) intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense because of a belief or perception regarding the same reasons listed in section (a) above.
Leeds Brown Law, PC seeks to obtain successful judgments for its clients who have been affected by bias or hate crimes. For more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.