Fighting Against Workplace Discrimination in New York City
New York City has some of the best anti-discrimination statutes in the country in terms of protecting victims’ rights. However, there are some important things to know about employment discrimination. First is the concept of “protected categories.” An employee must fall into a protected category in order for discrimination to be considered illegal.
At the law office of Philip Taubman has extensive experience protecting the rights of employees throughout the state, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island as well as Long Island and Westchester.
Dedicated Representation for Employees in All Discrimination Cases
Our New York employment lawyers provide dedicated legal representation for employees in all discrimination cases, including those involving:
Gender discrimination: Discrimination involving gender can be readily apparent or occur in a more subtle way. In any case, gender discrimination is a bigger problem than most people think. That is why we are committed to helping people of all genders who are discriminated against in the workplace.
Race and national origin discrimination: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race or national origin. If you are concerned that you were turned down for a job, passed over for a promotion or have otherwise felt workplace harassment due to your race, we may be able to help.
Religious discrimination: Employers must make reasonable accommodations for religious beliefs. If you have been denied time off for religious observances or have otherwise felt discriminated against due to your belief system, you may have a strong religious discrimination claim.
Disability discrimination: Employers are bound by law to make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers. If your employer refuses to address any obstacles that prevent you from effectively doing your job, we can help you seek appropriate compensation or an appropriate accommodation.
Age discrimination: Federal law protects workers over the age of 40 from discrimination based on their age. New York laws extend this protection to younger workers as well. If you have experienced any kind of discrimination based on your age, either because you have been perceived to be too old or too young, we can help hold your employer accountable for any illegal acts.
Pregnancy discrimination: Discrimination based on pregnancy is illegal. In addition, New York City defines pregnancy as a disability and employers should treat this condition as such. We have extensive experience handling these types of claims, and in fact our firm has won the largest pregnancy discrimination settlement on record in New York City.
Sexual orientation discrimination: Although federal law does not yet recognize a cause of action for sexual orientation discrimination, New York law does. We are committed to protecting the rights of all employees, regardless of sexual orientation.
Not only are employers prohibited from discriminating in the hiring, firing, demotion and payment of employees, they must also protect employees against harassment or a hostile work environment based on the employee’s sex, race, or other legally protected characteristic.
Required job-related qualifications, merit, or any other basis used to promote or hire others does not constitute illegal discrimination so long as the selection is not based on a protected characteristic, such as gender or race. We will thoroughly review your case to let you know whether you have a discrimination claim.
Learn More How We Will Fight To Maximize Your Compensation for Employment Discrimination
If you feel that you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, speak with us. Email us or call 212-227-8140 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.