Johanna Salinas is a paralegal who assists the New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania employment lawyers at Phillips & Associates. Ms. Salinas graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from Hudson County Community College in 2010. She has completed CM/ECF training. She is skilled in numerous software programs, and she has knowledge in legal services in employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and related claims, as well as personal injury and real estate matters. She has strong leadership and communication skills.Work History
Ms. Salinas has worked as a paralegal at several law offices. She has conducted employment law research, as well as benefits and labor law research. Ms. Salinas has managed cases and tracked important dates and deadlines. She has also maintained attorneys' calendars and adjourned conferences, hearings, and meetings. She has responded to incoming correspondence and prepared correspondence to the court and opposing counsel.
Ms. Salinas has also met with new clients to prepare their intake forms. She serves as a translator for Phillips & Associates' Spanish-speaking clients and interfaces with new and existing clients beyond the intake process. She has prepared discovery requests and responded to discovery demands. She has summarized deposition transcripts and organized discovery, among other paralegal tasks.
In addition to working as a paralegal, Ms. Salinas has also served as an Executive Assistant. She has performed complex, confidential assignments that require the utmost sensitivity, discretion, judgment, and diplomacy. She has also worked in other administrative positions and as a Title Policy Specialist, partnering with several attorneys to make sure that real estate closings are handled properly.Employment Discrimination Litigation
Like her colleagues, Ms. Salinas is committed to assisting people who have suffered from discrimination in New York City workplaces. You may have protection under several federal laws, as well as state and local laws. Federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on various protected classes include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on membership in these protected classes: color, race, sex, religion, and national origin. However, like other federal anti-discrimination laws, it only covers mid-size or large employers. Your employer must have at least 15 employees to be covered by Title VII.
State and local laws in New York are considered to provide greater protection. The New York State Human Rights Law covers employers with a minimum of 4 employees, and it forbids employment discrimination based on a wide range of characteristics, including genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, political activities, prior arrests, and criminal accusations, on top of the characteristics listed by Title VII and other federal anti-discrimination laws. Also, one of the most protective anti-discrimination laws in the country is the New York City Human Rights Law. You can bring a claim under this law within one year from the date of the last act of discrimination.Harassment
Harassment on the basis of protected characteristics is also prohibited. One major form of harassment is based on an employee's sex. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual words or conduct, such as jokes, derogatory comments, groping, or touching.
Sexual harassment comes in two forms: hostile work environment or quid pro quo harassment. The former happens if the unwelcome harassing behavior is so pervasive or severe that it alters the terms and conditions of employment, such that the environment is hostile or abusive. The latter occurs when a manager or supervisor conditions employment on submission to sexual conduct.
Sexual harassment claims can be pursued under Title VII, the state law, or the city law. In many instances, the city law provides the most favorable option because damages are not capped, and you can possibly recover punitive damages. Under state law, by contrast, punitive damages are barred.Take Action to Protect Your Rights
Ms. Salinas understands how stressful it is to confront employment discrimination or harassment in New York City. She provides compassionate and diligent legal services. Call Phillips & Associates at (212) 248-7431 or use our online form for a free consultation. We handle litigation in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties and New Jersey and Pennsylvania.