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Aengus Nelson is a paralegal with Phillips & Associates. As a paralegal, he plays an important role in the team fighting for your rights. In most cases, employers have substantially more resources than do workers. That makes it important to retain attorneys you can trust are on your side. ­If you were harmed by workplace discrimination in New York City, you should discuss your situation with Aengus Nelson. He can work on your case behind the scenes to assist the seasoned New York City employment discrimination lawyers of Phillips & Associates in preparing your case. Careful preparation of your case and adherence to rules allow you to obtain a settlement or award of damages to which you’re entitled under federal, state, or local laws.


Mr. Nelson has a Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University. While there, he majored in political science and minored in Political Communication and Peace & Justice Studies. He was named Captain of Xavier University’s Rugby Team and also served as the Director of Marketing and Social Media. He also was a member of Xavier University’s Pre-Law Society.

Mr. Nelson has worked as a volunteer coordinator for South Bronx United with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He was a SOTENI International Bridge Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya. He also worked for the California Governor Jerry Brown’s Office in Sacramento, California. He has worked on other political campaigns and for other politicians as well. He currently competes for the NYAC Men’s Rugby Team and volunteers with South Bronx United in his free time.

Aengus Nelson Pursues Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

When you go to work, you hope to be treated fairly. Unfortunately, some employers have outdated and harmful ideas about which workers bring value to the workplace. You should not be treated differently because of an aspect of your identity that is protected under law.

Various characteristics are protected under federal, state, or local laws. In some situations, these laws read similarly, but there are nuanced differences in the language that are understood through an interpretation of case law. It is crucial to retain a law firm whose attorneys understands the differences between these laws and which law might provide you with the greatest recourse against your employer. In most cases, employers are much more powerful than employees are.  

Discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee differently based on a protected characteristic with regard to an employment action. It may occur, for example, when an employer makes a decision regarding:

  • Firing
  • Failure to promote
  • Demotion
  • Layoffs
  • Disparate Pay
  • Harassment.
City Law

For years, the New York City Human Rights Law has been considered one of the most protective civil rights laws in the country. Protected characteristics under this law include race, age, color, immigration or citizenship status, disability , gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Other protected characteristics include caregiver status, arrest or conviction record, credit history, unemployment status, preemployment marijuana testing, sexual and reproductive health decisions, salary history or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sex offenses. Our firm may be able to represent you if you are subject to an adverse employment action because of a characteristic protected under city law. City law is meant to be construed liberally, which can be very helpful to a plaintiff.

State Laws

The New York State Human Rights Law is the state antidiscrimination law. Protected characteristics under state law include:

  • Color
  • Race
  • Age
  • Creed
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Military status
  • National origin
  • Marital status.

The state law was amended to eliminate a prior requirement that hostile workplace harassment be severe or pervasive in order to be legally actionable. Instead, you may have a claim for harassment if you are exposed to conduct based on your protected characteristic when it amounts to more than petty slights or trivial inconveniences.

Federal Laws

Federal laws tend to provide less protection than do state or local laws. These laws include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Many of these antidiscrimination laws are enforced through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Consult a Seasoned New York City Employment Discrimination Attorney

Aengus Nelson is dedicated to providing knowledgeable paralegal services to the trial lawyers at our firm who fight for your rights under federal, state or local laws. If your employer mistreated you based on a protected characteristic, you should call the seasoned New York City employment discrimination lawyers at Phillips & Associates may be able to represent you. We represent employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Nassau County or Suffolk County. Call us at (833) 529-3476 or complete our online form.

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"Employment dispute I had a dispute with my former employer, Jesse Weinstein was patient and thorough with my case. He covered every angle and was able to help me with my dispute. I would recommend Jesse Weinstein and Phillips and Associates in the future to anyone." Margaret
"Hands down the best law firm for labor disputes in NYC. Being in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years I can say that this law firm is the number one choice for workers in the restaurant business that need to sue their company for wrongful termination. A special compliment to my lawyer Brittany Stevens. An amazing person and well prepared experienced lawyer. She was professional and empathetic to my case and worked in a time appropriate manner. She never miss a phone call at any hour of the day. Brittany and her team helped me with what I needed, when I needed it. I want to thank them all (especially Brittany), for a job well done." Massimo
"Jesse Weinstein handled my discrimination case. He was extremely patient and understanding throughout the process and remained professional and consistent even when I could not. I really felt like he had my back and I didn't have to worry. His expertise, combined with the experience of the Firm, resulted in the best possible outcome of my case. Although I wouldn't wish what I went through on anyone, things do and always will happen and I would highly recommend Jesse and this Firm to anyone facing discrimination or other workplace issues." Karen
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