Phillips & Associates is one of the largest employment law firms in New York representing plaintiffs. We have handled thousands of cases from inception to appeal, securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in matters involving sexual harassment, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, hostile work environment, FMLA violations, and more. Phillips & Associates has acted as "Co-Counsel" and "Of Counsel" to other law firms, providing litigation supervision in connection with their employment law cases. We welcome the opportunity to both provide and receive referrals from other attorneys and law firms throughout the country in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. We offer the resources and financial backing to maximize recovery for your clients. If you are a smaller employment law firm looking to partner with a large firm, or you have a discrimination or sexual harassment case that you feel that you cannot handle on your own, please give us a call. We also host legal networking events in New York City throughout the year to share our knowledge with other attorneys. For more information or to be put on our mailing list, click here.
Phillips & Associates handles cases that arise under federal, state, and New York City laws. Title VII, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law entitle victims of workplace discrimination to recover back pay, front pay, and benefits that they lost due to discrimination. However, there are nuances to these laws that make it imperative for plaintiffs to work with lawyers who are experienced in handling employment discrimination matters. For example, punitive damages are not recoverable under the New York State Human Rights Law. For another example, there are caps based on employer size under Title VII. Being aware of these limitations and the potential hurdles connected with them is critical in determining how to present a client’s case.Federal Laws
There are multiple federal anti-discrimination laws under which employees of medium- or larger-sized companies can receive protection. One of the best known is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Another well-known federal law under which our attorneys can pursue remedies is the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other federal laws that may arise in the context of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation are the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
Several of the federal anti-discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It is necessary for plaintiffs to file a charge with the EEOC before bringing a federal lawsuit with regard to all of the laws that it enforces, other than the Equal Pay Act. The plaintiff must file the charge within a narrow window of time, and the plaintiff's employer will be notified that a charge has been filed against it.The New York State Human Rights Law
The New York State Human Rights Law is another possible avenue of relief for employees who have been victims of workplace discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Under this law, employers are forbidden from making adverse employment decisions against an employee on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, domestic violence victim status, or predisposing characteristics.The New York City Human Rights Law
The New York City Human Rights Law is considered one of the most expansive anti-discrimination laws in the country. Protected characteristics under this law include race, creed, national origin, color, gender, age, disability, partnership or marital status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and alienage or citizenship status.Consult an Experienced Employment Attorney in New York City
At Phillips & Associates, our attorneys help clients with many different kinds of employment litigation. If you have a case to refer to our firm or are interested in having us serve as Of Counsel on a case for which your firm is providing representation, you should contact us at (212) 248-7431 or through our online form. We handle employment disputes throughout New York City, including in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, as well as in Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties and in New Jersey.
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