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Lisa Skruck is a seasoned Long Island employment lawyer at Phillips & Associates, a law firm committed to fighting for employees’ rights. She has many years of experience on both sides of employment law cases. Ms. Skruck graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctorate from Ohio State University College of Law, where she served as associate editor of the Ohio State Law Journal.
Ms. Skruck started her career as an associate at a New York law firm, where she second-chaired two sexual harassment trials and two FINRA arbitrations. She co-authored a winning brief on appeal to the Second Circuit in a Title VII case. After three years, she moved on to another firm, where she managed a large litigation caseload. Subsequently, she served as an editor at American Lawyer Media, Inc. She resumed practicing in employment law for over a decade before joining Phillips & Associates.
Employment discrimination occurs when an employee faces an adverse employment decision due to his or her protected characteristic. Adverse employment decisions can affect any term, condition, or privilege of employment. Examples of adverse employment decisions include failure to hire, failure to promote, demotion, termination, paying similar workers differently, denial of opportunities, and harassment. Federal and state laws prohibit employment discrimination on Long Island, but they protect different characteristics.
The federal anti-discrimination laws include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Only moderately sized and large Long Island employers are covered by these federal laws. Most of the federal anti-discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This means that you will first need to file a charge with the EEOC before filing a lawsuit, and you must meet strict time deadlines.
Long Island employers are also covered by the New York State Human Rights Law, which is more protective than federal law. Protected characteristics under the state law include race, creed, age, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, familial status, disability, and domestic violence victim status. If, for example, you are terminated because you are gay, you may have a claim under the New York State Human Rights Law. Sometimes more than one protected characteristic is implicated by a case. For example, if you are not promoted to a customer-facing position because you are Middle Eastern, and your employer believes that your hijab goes against its All American image, you may have national origin and religious discrimination claims under the state law.
Harassment is a form of discrimination. Under the New York State Human Rights Law, harassment is illegal if you are subjected to inferior conditions, terms, or privileges of employment based on your membership in a protected class.
Two of the four counties on Long Island are in New York City. Employers in those counties are also governed by the New York City anti-discrimination law, which is widely regarded as one of the most liberal anti-discrimination laws in the country. Due to very recent changes in the state anti-discrimination law, employees might find that they receive comparable protections under state and city laws in some cases, but it is important to consult an experienced attorney who is aware of how these laws are interpreted and can look at your personal situation.Contact an Employment Attorney on Long Island
Your livelihood is important to you. Whether you have been sexually harassed or you were laid off because of your race, you should retain Lisa Skruck or another of our knowledgeable employment attorneys to represent you. At Phillips & Associates, we are dedicated to fighting for workers’ rights. Call us on Long Island at (516) 365-3731 or complete our online form.