Phillips & Associates

Ingrid M. Fernandez

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Phone: (516) 365-3731
Fax: (212) 901-2107

585 Stewart Ave #410
Garden City, New York 11530

Ingrid M. Fernandez is a knowledgeable paralegal at the Long Island office of Phillips & Associates. She is dedicated to providing excellent assistance to our Long Island employment attorneys.

Ms. Fernandez is a J.D. candidate at the Touro Law Center in Long Island, New York, where she has participated in Moot Court. While in law school, she was the Fall 2019 CALI Award Recipient and was named Best Oral Advocate. She also received the Spring 2020 Faculty Recognition Award in Constitutional Law I. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and Paralegal Certificate from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Ms. Fernandez is also a Notary Public and is fluent in Spanish.

Ms. Fernandez began her career as a litigation paralegal. Among other things, she prepared discovery demands and responses and simple discovery motions. She also prepared files for expert witness retention. She moved on to working as a paralegal and legal billing coordinator at a New York City firm. Before coming to Phillips & Associates, she worked as a paralegal at another New York City firm, where she collaborated with clients to gather facts and evidence to assist in responding to discovery and drafting pleadings. In her role as a paralegal, she also reviewed and outlined depositions, organized exhibits, prepared pleadings and motions, and prepared for oral arguments. She also prepared for trials and coordinated trial logistics.

Employment discrimination is prohibited under federal, state, and local laws on Long Island. There are several federal anti-discrimination laws, including 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); before you file suit in civil court, you need to first file a charge with the EEOC. The federal anti-discrimination laws apply only to mid-size and large employers, and damages are capped, so generally you are better off pursuing damages under the New York State Human Rights Law.

The New York State Human Rights Law prohibits workplace discrimination based on a worker’s membership in a protected class. Protected classes include race, national origin, age, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic violence victim status, military status, disability, and predisposing genetic characteristics. Discrimination can include any adverse employment action taken because of a worker’s membership in a protected class. For example, if you were terminated because you are lesbian, you may have a claim under the New York State Human Rights Law.

Discriminatory harassment is also prohibited under the state law. Due to a recent amendment, to recover damages for harassment, you will need to show that you were subject to inferior terms, conditions, or privileges of employment due to your membership in one or more protected classes.

Under the New York State Human Rights Law, you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation for a disability or pregnancy-related condition. A reasonable accommodation is an adjustment to the normal workplace rules that would allow a disabled worker or a worker with a pregnancy-related condition to do their job. A reasonable accommodation could include job restructuring, a modified work schedule, the acquisition of equipment, or access to support services. An employer does not need to provide a reasonable accommodation if doing so would present an undue hardship. If an employer is not excused because of an undue hardship, it may be possible to recover damages for that employer’s failure to provide a reasonable accommodation.

Parts of Long Island — Kings County and Queens County — are technically located in New York City. Workplaces in those areas are subject to the New York City Human Rights Law, which is widely regarded as one of the most liberal anti-discrimination laws in the nation. If your employer is located in Kings County or Queens County, you may be able to pursue a claim under the New York City Human Rights Law.

Consult an Employment Law Firm on Long Island

If you faced harassment or discrimination on Long Island, you should retain one of our knowledgeable employment attorneys to represent you. Ingrid M. Fernandez provides vital assistance in our fight for workers’ rights. Call Phillips & Associates at (516) 365-3731 or complete our online form.

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Phillips & Associates did a wonderful job. I would recommend Brittany Stevens. Angel
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
I called at Phillips & Associates seeking for a consultation and I was very pleased with the conversation I had with Eugenio Benvenuto. He was able to answer my questions thoroughly and gave me reassurance. I highly recommend their practice. Giulia
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.The other associates that assisted Brittany were Yusha Hiraman and Eugenio Benvenuto. They were all professional and answered any questions or concerns that I had. 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