Phillips & Associates

Long Island EEOC Representation

Long Island Lawyers for Federal Employment Litigation

Long Island's population includes nearly 40% of the entire population of New York State, and it is the most populous island in any of the U.S. states or territories. Between 2011 and 2015, demographic studies have shown that it has become substantially more diverse in terms of who lives and works there. If you have been a victim of discrimination or harassment based on a protected characteristic, you may have recourse under federal and state laws. Most federal anti-discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You must file a charge with the EEOC before filing a federal lawsuit under any of the laws enforced by the EEOC. At Phillips & Associates, our Long Island EEOC lawyers can assist you in dealing with this agency and bringing a federal lawsuit if necessary.

EEOC Representation for Employees

The EEOC is an agency that enforces a number of anti-discrimination laws against job applicants and employees. It also enforces the retaliation provisions of those laws. Generally, federal law only protects people who work for mid-size or large employers. The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). Most of these laws apply to employers with at least 15 employees, but the ADEA applies to those that have at least 20 employees.

Under most of these laws, you will need to file a charge with the EEOC prior to filing an employment discrimination lawsuit, and you have only a limited amount of time within which to file this charge. Our EEOC attorneys can help Long Island residents make sure that they meet the applicable deadlines. If you believe that you have been mistreated in the workplace due to your race, national origin, sex, religion, or color, your charge would be filed as a violation of Title VII. (Sexual harassment is a subset of sex discrimination.) If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of being 40 or older, you would file a lawsuit arising out of the ADEA. If you have been harassed due to a disability, you would file a charge arising out of the ADA. The only law enforced by the EEOC that does not require you to file a charge prior to filing a private lawsuit is the EPA.

After receiving your filing a charge, the EEOC will send a notice of the charge to the employer. In some cases, the EEOC asks both the employer and the employee to participate in mediation. It is wise to have a Long Island discrimination attorney during this process to make sure that you reach a settlement that is truly acceptable to you. If you do not go to mediation, or it does not resolve the issue, the EEOC will ask the employer for a written response to the charge, and then you may be asked to respond. Our Long Island discrimination lawyers can assist with drafting your response. The EEOC will investigate what happened. You can ask for a Notice of Right to Sue after receiving the position statement. The EEOC is supposed to have 180 days to resolve the charge, but sometimes it will issue the Notice of Right to Sue before that time. The Notice of Right to Sue must be received before you sue in federal court if you file a charge under Title VII or the ADA. You do not need the Notice of Right to Sue if you are filing an age discrimination claim under the ADEA, and you can file your federal lawsuit 60 days after filing a charge with the EEOC.

You need not go through the EEOC process for an EPA violation. Instead, you can file your lawsuit in federal court within two years of the date that you were given the last wrongful paycheck.

Get Assistance from an EEOC Lawyer on Long Island

At Phillips & Associates, we may be able to help you obtain damages if you were subjected to discrimination or harassment in the workplace. We offer free consultations. There are no upfront fees and we accept cases on a contingency basis, so you will not need to pay attorneys' fees unless we recover damages on your behalf. Contact us at (212) 248-7431 or through our online form.

585 Stewart Ave #330
Garden City, NY 11530
Tel: 516-365-3731
Fax: 212-901-2107
Client Reviews
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