U.S. Business News issues various awards in business and law. The Legal Elite awards are meant to celebrate the dedication and skill of law firms, both teams and individuals, across the country. The awards are given to the lawyers who are most respected and who have both passion and commitment to the industry. The awards are for accomplishments within the profession and across the country. Recently, Phillips & Associates won a U.S. Business News Award for Best Employment Discrimination Attorney in New York for 2019.
At Phillips & Associates, our New York City employment lawyers represent plaintiffs in employment discrimination lawsuits. Our attorneys work with clients who have suffered from workplace discrimination based on many different protected characteristics. We have pursued damages under federal, state, and local laws. These laws provide different remedies and have important nuances, making it critical to consult an attorney about which law may provide the greatest relief in your situation.
Each case that involves employment discrimination is unique and must be determined based on its own facts. Also, this area of law is constantly changing as the scope of employee rights expands. This makes it important to hire an attorney who will carefully investigate the facts of your case and build evidence to support your position, while also developing creative arguments based on the latest legal developments. The attorneys at Phillips & Associates take pride in performing at the highest level in both of these key aspects of our work.
Pursuing an Employment Discrimination Claim
Discrimination happens if an adverse action is taken against an employee because they belong to a protected class. It can involve termination, failure to hire, failure to promote, or failure to provide training that other employees receive. Harassment is one type of discrimination. If you can show that employment discrimination harmed you, you should be able to recover damages.
Employment discrimination is prohibited under federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is also prohibited under the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law. These laws protect different characteristics. For example, Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, and sex. The ADA prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of a disability.
The New York State Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of traits such as race, age, creed, national origin, color, military status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and disability. The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of traits such as color, race, religion, age, citizenship status, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, and disability.
You should pursue damages under the law that is most favorable to you. In many cases, the New York City Human Rights Law is the most favorable law under which to pursue damages. The city law is considered one of the most liberal anti-discrimination laws in the country. It applies to smaller employers, whereas Title VII only applies to employers that have at least 15 employees. Title VII and other federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have damages capped based on the size of the employer. There are no caps under city law.
Consult a Knowledgeable New York Attorney
Employment discrimination can cause significant harm. You may be entitled to obtain remedies. At Phillips & Associates, we can aggressively assert your right to the damages to which you are entitled. If you suffered from employment discrimination in New York City or the surrounding areas, you should call Phillips & Associates. We represent workers on a contingency fee basis, collecting our fees only after we secure a settlement or judgment for a client. Our firm represents employees in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, in addition to Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. Call us at (866) 229-9441 or contact us through our online form.