Lawyers at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. know that every year, in New York and across America, thousands of employees file claims against employers alleging discrimination in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that oversees the enforcement of employment discrimination laws, and according to their reports, in 2013 alone, it received over 93,000 charges containing complaints that workers experienced unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation. In 2014, the New York State Division of Human Rights received over 6,000 allegations of discrimination, 82% of which involved employment. You are not the only one experiencing discrimination, and you do not have to face it alone.
Numerous laws and regulations attempt to combat discrimination in the workplace and the unlawful retaliation that often follows. Some legal provisions have been in existence for decades, and others are relatively new, addressing individual employment rights that have become the focus of attention in recent years. There are federal statutes, state, and even city laws that govern workplace rights.
In addition to addressing legal rights of workers and obligations of employers, the rules also provide remedies for employees who find themselves victims of illegal discrimination and retaliation. An employee who gets fired for a discriminatory reason may be able to receive reinstatement and back pay. A worker who is forced to endure sexual harassment may receive compensation for emotional distress and physical injuries. Employees can choose to assert their rights in a variety of ways. They may wish to negotiate a fair settlement, file a formal complaint with an administrative agency or file a lawsuit.
Attorneys, representing workers in New York City, Long Island and the surrounding areas, can be extremely helpful when deciding how to proceed after you have experienced discrimination in employment. You may not know what law best protects your interests. You may be afraid that your employer will punish you if you complain. You might not even be sure you have a strong enough case. Who should you tell?
Before you act, consider contacting Leeds Brown. Our discrimination lawyers have spent decades ensuring that employees understand their rights to work in a safe environment where they receive equal treatment. We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality, hands-on representation to victims of illegal employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation that occurs in violation of federal, state and city laws. Our dedication and track record of success have earned us an excellent reputation. We can help you proceed in a way that protects evidence and builds your case, providing you with the confidence and support to enforce your employment rights and hold your employer accountable for unlawful discrimination.
Different statutes at different levels prohibit employment discrimination. Sometimes, the laws overlap, and other times they supplement one another. For example, New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) binds employers with 4 or more employees while federal laws tend to bind businesses with at least 15-20.
Some of the laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace include:
To be protected from discrimination you must fall into one of the specific classifications covered by one or more law. For instance, Title VII prohibits employment discrimination against an individual because of race, sex, religion, and national origin. Under Title VII, employment discrimination based on sex includes sexual harassment and the condition of pregnancy. Some others examples include:
Unlawful discrimination can occur at any stage of the employment process from start to finish. When an employer makes an “employment decision” based on a protected trait, it can be unlawful. An employment decision can include a broad range of things ranging from the recruiting and hiring of an individual to promoting, compensating, training and firing. An employment decision can be intentionally discriminatory. Discrimination may also occur as the result of seemingly neutral policies or practices that have the effect of having a disparate impact on a protected classification of people. Harassment that creates a hostile work environment can also be illegal.
Have you experienced any of the following? If so, consider contacting Leeds Brown to find out if you have a claim for employment discrimination.
If you think you are experiencing workplace discrimination or harassment or your employer has retaliated against you for trying to protect your rights, contact Leeds Brown. You may be entitled to significant monetary damages or other relief under federal, New York State and/or New York City laws making employment discrimination illegal. We can help you decide what laws protect you best and ensure that you file a detailed, accurate, and timely claim.
At Leeds Brown, our New York employment discrimination attorneys can aggressively negotiate or litigate your claim, depending on the path you wish to pursue. Call us today at 1-800-585-4658 for a free case evaluation.