Federal, state, and city/local laws protect employees in New York from discrimination. These laws also protect individuals who complain about discrimination in the workplace and are met with retaliation, including but not limited to termination.
If an employer terminates you based on a discriminatory reason and/or in retaliation for your complaints of discrimination, you may have a legal claim against your employer. Many forms of discrimination in the workplace that targets individuals are unacceptable and unlawful.
Here is a list of the protections offered by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).*
Here is a list of the protections offered by the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”).*
Here is a list of the protections offered by the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”).*
*Note that some laws offer varying degrees of protections to employees than others.
*Although this provides a list of different protections offered by various agencies, it should in no way be interpreted as the only protections provided by these agencies. Nor does it represent any changes in the law which may occur, from time to time, coverage of these protections.
While it is unlikely that an employer would admit to firing you for a discriminatory reason, it may be apparent by the circumstances surrounding your termination. It is important to ask yourself whether similarly situated employees (those with similar protected characteristics as you) were being treated differently. For example, your employer might choose to promote male employees over female employees, even when the female employees had as much, or even more, experience than the male employees. It is also important to ask yourself whether you are or were being singled out because of one or more of your protected characteristics. For example, a coworker who is younger than you and has less experience than you might get a promotion over you because they are younger. These are examples of possible discrimination in the workplace.
It’s also important to know that complaining to your Human Resources department or employer regarding unlawful workplace conduct is considered a “protected activity.” It may be illegal for your employer to retaliate against you based on the fact that you have lodged a complaint of discrimination/retaliation. Examples of retaliation may include demotion, denial of a promotion, or worse – termination. Retaliation based on your complaints of discrimination may be unlawful.
Leeds Brown Law, P.C., has been successfully protecting victims of workplace discrimination for over 30 years. Employees should be judged solely based on their job performance. When workplace discrimination impedes upon your career, it’s time to take legal action. We’re here to listen to your needs when no one else will. We understand that the thought of challenging your employer may seem daunting. We represent our clients’ interests and work diligently to help them when they need it most. If you feel you have been a victim of workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or termination, contact Leeds Brown Law, P.C., today. You can reach us via email or by phone at (212) 661-4370 or (516) 873-9550.