We Win and Settle Cases
Employees are at a big disadvantage in the workplace. This power imbalance often intensifies when there is harassment or discrimination. People need to know they are not alone in these terribly unfair situations. There are resources available to employees. Hiring an experienced law firm with a proven track record of success can help restore a sense of control over the situation.
Our depth of experience in handing employment law cases and the fact that we are a full-service law firm makes us the go to law firm for high-net-worth individuals who appreciate the quality of our services. Many attorneys have never handled an employment law case valued at more $250,000 let alone $1 million. Other attorneys often value cases only based on wages without taking into consideration the emotional damages that victims of harassment face. We are unique because we aren’t just lawyers. We have a business background; we understand the value of cases. Bill Phillips, the Managing Partner was an investment banker for over a decade before he applied his experience to the defense of workplace harassment victims. We understand how to negotiate and leverage the litigation process to ensure a positive outcome. We are constantly conducting a risk benefit analysis through the litigation process.
One important element of selecting a law firm to handle your employment discrimination or harassment lawsuit is looking at outcomes. We win and settle cases, which allows us to provide financial backing in our clients’ cases. We are motivated to be successful because we depend on those settlements to continue to provide our clients with excellent legal service in the face of work struggles, including difficulties have won more than $150 million for workers in settlements and verdicts. At Phillips & Associates, our results-oriented New York City lawyers have a record of success. We offer free consultations and accept cases on a contingency fee basis. We carefully look at the facts and ask questions of prospective clients to determine what laws might provide relief and whether we have the potential to build a successful strategy to secure justice. We are determined to stamp out employment discrimination in workplaces.
Premiere New York City Law Firm
Our lawyers bring employment discrimination and harassment lawsuits under federal, state and local laws. Federal antidiscrimination 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). These laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and protect different characteristics. For instance, Title VII prohibits workplace discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion and sex. Importantly, we pursue claims under all grounds that are available. In many instances, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law provide broader protection than does federal law.
The New York State Human Rights Law protects various characteristics including:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity or expression
- Familial status
- Marital status
- Predisposing genetic characteristics.
The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits workplace discrimination based on various protected characteristics including:
- Immigration status
- Gender Identity
- National origin
- Marital status
- Veteran or Active Military Service Member.
Proving Your Case
Every situation is different. We are successful when we can show you (1) have a protected characteristic and (2) an adverse employment decision was made because of the characteristic. For instance, we may be able to be successful if:
- You were subjected to harassment based on one of the protected characteristics above such as sexual advances or racial epithets.
- You were terminated or harassed because you came out as gay and a supervisor said this didn’t provide the right image to customers.
- You were fired or demoted because you complained of being sexually harassed by your manager at a holiday party and your manager’s manager believed this meant you are not a team player.
- You were fired because you disclosed a medical condition or disability in order to get a reasonable accommodation.
- You are Black and a coworker racially harassed you by placing nooses on your desk and subjected you to nooses and slurs and your employer wouldn’t investigate and respond appropriately.
- You were terminated or demoted due to your pregnancy. Especially if the demotion or termination occurred
- Shortly after you disclosed your pregnancy to your boss.
- Right when your started to show you were pregnant.
- Shortly after you returned from maternity leave.
Why Do Plaintiffs Lose in Court?
There are many different reasons plaintiffs lose in court. In some instances, the facts are not strong enough to support a claim when it went before a judge. We win when we can gather sufficient evidence to meet the burden of proof. Our firm understands it can be difficult to prove a case in court and therefore we take all necessary discovery, interview witnesses, and take all depositions. We leave no stone unturned once we accept a case.
It is a common tactic for defense attorneys to delay in the hopes that running up the bill will cause a plaintiff to settle for less than his or her case is worth. Because we’ve won cases in the past, we can evaluate prospective clients’ cases carefully when they come in for a free consultation.
Additionally, many employment defense attorneys bring a motion for summary judgment when it appears there is insufficient evidence to support plaintiffs’ claims for damages. When these motions are brought successfully by companies, cases don’t go to trial. Your case can be lost in court at the summary judgment stage.
It is imperative to retain a knowledgeable legal firm to represent you if you’ve been discriminated against or harassed on the job.
Our New York City Plaintiff’s Lawyers Have a Record of Success
At Phillips & Associates, we have numerous past successes and a strong understanding of how courts are likely to evaluate a plaintiff’s claims. While no firm can guarantee an outcome, ours work up every case thoroughly to make sure our clients get the best shot in their pregnancy discrimination claims. We represent clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Nassau County, or Suffolk County. Complete our online form or call us at (866) 229-9441 or for a free consultation.