New York Workplace Discrimination Attorneys Protect the Rights of Employees

New York workplace discrimination attorneys understand that there are numerous laws in place that protect employees.  Wage and hour laws, safety laws and laws against retaliation are all designed to help ensure that American workers receive fair treatment.  However, there are also laws that protect workers from unequal treatment and discrimination.  Employers may not discriminate against employees in any aspect of employment on the basis of certain protected classes and characteristics.  These may include:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • National origin
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Military status
  • Pregnancy status
  • Genetic information
  • Caregiver status
  • Gender identity

If an employer makes an employment-related decision based on a protected characteristic, they may be acting in a discriminatory manner and violating one of the many federal and New York State laws that prohibit employment discrimination.  Harassment based on one of the characteristics is also unlawful discrimination.

An employment-related decision refers to any aspect of employment such as but not limited to:

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Providing benefits
  • Promoting
  • Training
  • Compensating
  • Assigning work

The following may be examples of workplace discrimination:

  • Your boss promotes your male co-worker even though you, a woman, are more qualified for the job – this may be sex discrimination.
  • Your co-workers consistently make fun of you for wearing clothing required by your religious beliefs – this may be religious discrimination.
  • You are interviewing for a job for which you are qualified, and the interviewer asks if you are pregnant and then tells you she does not hire pregnant women – this may be pregnancy or sex discrimination.
  • You are given a sales territory in because your skin color makes you “fit in” with the people who live there – this may be racial discrimination.


If you think you may be the victim of workplace discrimination, contact the experienced New York employment discrimination attorneys at Leeds Brown.  We can help you understand your rights to pursue a claim against your employer and recover any damages to which you are entitled.  Leeds Brown attorneys take a team-based approach to all cases which means yours will get the hands-on attention it deserves.

Contact a New York Workplace Discrimination Attorney today at 1-800-585-4658.  Someone is available to take your call 24/7.


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