Diana Daoud is a paralegal at Phillips & Associates. She conducts initial client screenings and assessments, talks to a client to determine a timeline, and gathers a client’s evidence to prepare their case. She may be one of the first people you tell your story to at Phillips & Associates. She is dedicated to helping our experienced New York City employment discrimination attorneys secure justice for workers.
Diana Daoud obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations. She minored in Business Administration from St. John’s University in 2020. Before coming to Phillips & Associates, she worked as an administrative assistant and as a social media coordinator intern. Earlier, she worked as a legal assistant for another firm in New York City, working closely with lead attorneys to prepare cases.Diana Daoud is an Employment Discrimination Paralegal at Phillips & Associates
As a paralegal with our firm, Ms. Daoud tries to figure out the timeline of what happened to employees who have been harmed so that their information is presented clearly to the attorneys. This will allow our firm to better serve and represent you. The details of your case can make a big difference to whether local, state, or federal laws apply.
In most cases, local and state laws provide greater protection than federal laws do. The state law New York City employers must follow is the New York State Human Rights Law. The city law was considered one of the most employee-friendly antidiscrimination laws in the country. It was intended to be interpreted liberally.
The New York City Human Rights Law protects a broad range of characteristics including:
- Gender Identity
- Immigration or Citizenship Status
- Pre-employment Marijuana Testing
- Partnership Status and Marital Status
- National Origin
- Pregnancy and Lactation Accommodations
- Religion or Creed
- Sexual Orientation
- Active Military Service Member Status or Veteran Status
- Arrest or Conviction Record
- Caregiver Status
- Credit History
- Domestic Violence Status
- Unemployment Status
Other laws also govern the rights of employees who have some of these protected characteristics. For example, if you were not hired because you have a criminal conviction, your employer must go through certain steps. Under the New York State Human Rights Law, an employer need not refuse to hire a worker due to their prior criminal convictions, except where it’s shown there is a direct connection between the crimes and the job sought, or there would be an unreasonable risk to individuals or property.
Among other steps, prospective employers are supposed to consider the following factors when considering a job applicant’s criminal history:
- Specific job duties of the position
- New York public policy encouraging employment of people with criminal records
- Your age at the time of the offense
- The seriousness of the offense,
- Evidence of rehabilitation and good conduct
- Your employer or the agency’s legitimate interest in protecting people or property
- Impact of the offense on your ability to do your job.
In some cases, there are multiple protected characteristics involved, and it is not fully clear which is the reason you are being discriminated against. An experienced attorney will look carefully at the facts, assert available grounds for relief, and consider the evidence to determine the strongest legal strategy to obtain damages.Federal Laws
Federal laws include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They protect different characteristics. For instance, the ADEA provides protection for employees who are age 40 or older. The ADA prohibits discrimination against employees who have disabilities.
Under the ADA, an employer must give a disabled employee a reasonable accommodation unless to do so would present an undue hardship. Many of the federal anti-discrimination laws protect employees of midsize or larger employers. Still, it’s important to talk to an experienced attorney about what happened. Case law can play a big role in how anti-discrimination laws are interpreted, and which laws provide the greatest protection given a certain set of facts.Retain a Seasoned New York City Employment Discrimination Attorney
Diana Daoud is an experienced paralegal who works hard towards following the steps that would allow the attorneys of Phillips & Associates to vigorously pursue justice for an employee under federal, state or local laws. If you were harmed by an employer’s discrimination or harassment, the seasoned New York City employment discrimination lawyers of Phillips & Associates may be able to represent you. We fight for 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.