Long Island Age Discrimination Attorneys Protect the Employment Rights of New Yorkers
Long Island age discrimination attorneys see a growing number of cases filed under various laws that protect workers from unequal treatment in the workplace. There are countless federal, state and local laws that address nearly all forms of employment discrimination and provide remedies for victims of unlawful treatment.
Employment discrimination occurs when someone makes an employment decision based on a protected characteristic. For example, your employer does not give you a promotion because you are a woman. Or, your employer terminates your employment because you have a disability. If you are the victim of age discrimination, disability discrimination or any other kind, the remedy you seek and procedure you follow may depend on what law best applies to your particular circumstances.
Speaking with experienced Long Island age discrimination attorneys at Leeds Brown is the best way for you to learn about your options after your employer fires, demotes or otherwise mistreats you because of a protected characteristic such as age, race or religion. Our quality representation has resulted in millions of dollars in awards for our clients in New York, on Long Island and nationwide. We take a uniquely hands-on, team-based approach to our cases which allows us to provide outstanding and personal service.
Long Island age discrimination attorneys at Leeds Brown can help hold your employer accountable if you have received unequal treatment in the workplace. Whether you have been singled out because of your age, sex, race or another reason, contact our office for a free case evaluation.
Long Island Age Discrimination Attorneys Understand Key Differences in State and Federal Laws
Federal laws apply to the entire nation. They bind every state. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibit employment discrimination based on factors such as sex, race, religion, disability, and age and apply uniformly across the country. States often have individual laws that address the same issues as federal laws but may do so in different ways.
For example, New York has many statutes that prohibit the same discriminatory behavior as federal laws, but there are significant differences between the laws. New York workplace discrimination laws are called New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), and its provisions apply to employers who have 4 or more employees. Federal discrimination laws apply only to employers with 15-20 employees.
Also, NYSHRL protects more “characteristics” than federal discrimination laws. For instance, in New York, it is unlawful to discriminate against any employee because of their sexual orientation, familial status, genetic predisposition or status as a domestic violence victim.
Because of these unique factors alone, NYHRL protects many more workers than Title VII and the ADEA do. If you work for a Long Island, New York employer with four employees or more, you have protection from unequal treatment based on many characteristics.
New York Human Rights Law Protects More Workers than the ADEA
Not only does NYHRL bind more employers and contain more protected characteristics than the ADEA, but there is another significant difference as well.
The federal ADEA does not prohibit discrimination against an individual under 40. Also, the ADEA allows employers to favor older workers over younger ones even if the younger ones are 40 or over. The act states that it is unlawful to;
- fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual or otherwise discriminate against any individual on his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s age
- to limit, segregate or classify employees in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s age
- The prohibitions in this chapter shall be limited to individuals who are at least 40 years of age.
Unlike the ADEA, New York HRL prohibits age discrimination, including reverse discrimination, regardless of an individual’s age. (N.Y. Exec. Law § 296 (3-a)) It states:
It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice:
- For an employer or licensing agency to refuse to hire or employ or license or to bar or to terminate from employment an individual eighteen years of age or older,
- or to discriminate against such individual in promotion, compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s age.”
Unlike the ADEA which only protects people who are least 40, NYSHRL protects all employees who are 18 or older from age discrimination, if they work for an employer with 4 or more workers.
Discriminatory Employment Decisions are Unlawful
Age discrimination occurs when an employment decision is made based on someone’s age. Some examples may include:
- Everyone being laid off is in the same age range
- People are making derogatory comments about your age
- You are not invited to attend meetings or training because of you are too young or too old
- You are reassigned or denied promotional opportunities because of your age
- You are denied benefits or compensation because of your age
- You do not get hired because or your age
Long Island Age Discrimination Attorneys Help Victims File Claims
Understanding your rights under both federal and state law is important if you are to make an informed decision about how to proceed with an age discrimination claim. Having attorneys who will listen and patiently counsel may make the difference between a successful outcome and an unsuccessful one.
At Leeds Brown, our Long Island age discrimination attorneys can assist you and guide you toward the best course of action to take to achieve the result you seek. For instance, should you file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and, if so, how much time do you have? Should you file a complaint with the New York Division of Human Rights (DHR)? What role does the New York City Commission on Human Rights play (CHR)?
We can answer all of these questions and more. Of course, we can also represent your interests should you decide to proceed with a lawsuit in federal or state court. Long Island age discrimination attorneys at Leeds Brown have a deep understanding of the procedural and substantive issues that are important in all age discrimination cases. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to recover the outcome you want. You may be entitled to receive monetary compensation, reinstatement, a promotion or job.
Contact Long Island age discrimination attorneys at Leeds Brown to learn about your rights under the ADEA and NYSHRL. Hold your employer accountable for unlawful workplace discrimination.
Someone is available to take your call 24/7. Time may be of the essence so don’t wait. Call Leeds Brown today at 1-800-585-4658.