Diana Bohorquez is an experienced paralegal with the New York City employment discrimination firm of Phillips & Associates. She is a valued member of the firm and may be one of the first people with whom you have contact at the firm after you face discrimination or harassment. She will interview you to determine the basic facts and timeline of your case. She also schedules attorneys’ calendars and provides client service, among many other types of work that are essential to handling your case well and efficiently.
Ms. Bohorquez is a 2012 Trinity College graduate. She is fluent in both Spanish and Italian. She is a notary public. She has previously worked for lawyers at other firms in New York and Connecticut as a lead case manager and paralegal. As a lead case manager at one firm, she supervised a team of case managers and prepared weekly reports to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. At another, she met with minors on a weekly basis and conducted initial intake on arriving unaccompanied minors and prepared Family Reunification Packets.Diana Bohorquez Supports Employment Discrimination and Harassment Attorneys
Employment discrimination and harassment are covered by local, state, and federal laws. Our New York City lawyers may be able to pursue damages if your employer made an adverse employment decisions against you based on your protected characteristic. Adverse decisions can include:
- Failure to Promote
- Failure to Hire
Federal 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). In most cases, these laws provide less protection against workplace discrimination than state or local laws do. Moreover, when pursuing damages under many of these federal laws, you will need to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within a short window of time in order to be able to pursue your claim before the federal court.
If you believe you’ve been discriminated against due to your color, race, sex, religion, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, you file a charge that asks the EEOC to take remedial action. The EEOC will investigate your claim. It receives many charges of discrimination. Your employer should not retaliate against you if you file a charge in good faith.
Ms. Bohorquez works closely with the attorneys at the firm to make sure that facts are gathered to file an initial charge or complaint. She will also make sure important documents in your case adhere to the rules set forth by the agency or court hearing your case.
Often, our firm turns to state or local laws to fight for clients’ rights in the workplace. State and local laws apply to smaller employers and protect a greater range of personal characteristics.State and Local Laws
The New York City Human Rights Law is the city law that forbids employers from making important employment decisions on the basis of a protected characteristic. There are a number of different characteristics that city law protects. Included among the characteristics protected under city law are:
- Immigration or citizenship status
- Gender Identity
- Marital Status and Partnership Status
- Pregnancy and Lactation Accommodations
- National Origin
- Religion or Creed
- Sexual Orientation
- Veteran Status or Active Military Service Member Status
- Arrest or Conviction Record
- Caregiver Status
- Credit History
- Pre-employment Marijuana Testing
- Unemployment Status
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Decisions
- Domestic Violence Status
- Salary History
The New York State Human Rights Law is the state law that prohibits employment discrimination and harassment. There have been recent changes in the law that bring it more in line with the city law. In the past, you could not pursue punitive damages under the state law. Additionally, the standard for hostile work environment harassment was high. Now, you can go after punitive damages under state law in appropriate cases. You may be able to show hostile work environment harassment by showing harassment you were subject to inferior terms, conditions or privileges of employment because of a characteristic protected under state law.Retain a New York City Employment Discrimination Firm
Diana Bohorquez works tirelessly alongside the seasoned New York City employment discrimination lawyers of Phillips & Associates to fight for justice on behalf of employees. Our firm represents workers in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Nassau County or Suffolk County. Call us at (212) 248-7431 or complete our online form.