Phillips & Associates

Long Island Employment Lawyer

Workplace Rights Attorneys Assisting Long Island Residents

New York businesses owe their employees a number of legal obligations imposed by federal, state, and local employment laws. At Phillips & Associates, our Long Island employment lawyers believe that everyone has the right to have these obligations respected and receive proper treatment at their jobs. If this does not happen, our employment attorneys are ready to represent employees in areas such as sexual harassment and all forms of employment discrimination. We also can assist you in bringing a claim related to a wage and hour violation, a severance agreement, retaliation, or wrongful termination. Hostile work environments are also illegal if it is based on a protective trait.

Employment Claims in New York

Discrimination or harassment in the workplace may have a severely adverse effect on an employee’s job performance and overall wellbeing. Fortunately, laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act are designed to shield people with certain protected characteristics from wrongful conduct. Some of these characteristics include race, gender, national origin, religion, disability, and age. Title VII and similar laws apply not only to current employees of a business but also to job applicants in the hiring process. Employers are not permitted to fire someone based on their membership in or association with a protected group, nor are they allowed to refuse to hire someone for that reason. Other adverse employment actions include failing to promote a worker or grant a pay raise or benefits when they would be granted to workers outside the protected group.

New York State and New York City are at the forefront of anti-discrimination laws and regulations in the United States. For example, employees on Long Island or in other boroughs are protected under these laws from sexual orientation discrimination, which is not covered by federal laws. State and local laws also apply to a broader range of businesses than federal laws, which typically cover only employers with 15 or more employees.

Many employees of both genders find themselves subjected to unwanted sexual overtures by supervisors, colleagues, or even customers. If you are in this situation, you may be able to bring a sexual harassment claim against your employer. The first step would consist of filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New York Division of Human Right or the New York City Commission on Human Rights. These agencies oversee the enforcement of federal, state and New York City anti-discrimination laws, respectively. You must file the charge within 180 days of the misconduct that affected you. The dispute then would proceed through an informal process known as conciliation and potentially through mediation as well. If these steps do not resolve the dispute, the agency will decide whether to sue the employer. Even if it does not sue the employer, however, you may still have a strong case to pursue independently with the assistance of a knowledgeable employment attorney in Long Island.

Explore Your Options with an Employment Lawyer on Long Island

If you suffer harm because of illegal actions in the workplace, you should consult a Long Island employment attorney about your options as soon as possible. We understand the difficult positions in which employees may find themselves when this happens, and we work hard to pursue a satisfactory outcome in each situation. Call Phillips & Associates at (212) 248-7431 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation with a wrongful termination attorney or seek assistance with another employment dispute.

PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES
45 Broadway, #620,
New York NY, 10006
Tel: 212-248-7431
Fax: 212-901-2107
Client Reviews
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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, Eugenio Benvenuto and Katerina Housos. 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
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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
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I was a client with this law firm. I can't stress enough how awesome and professional the people are here. Silvia & Erica made me feel so comfortable and welcome. I never had to guess anything. Anytime I call, emailed, or even texted. They were always there. If not they would get back to me as soon as possible. My case was not an easy situation for me but I tell you these guys made it seem like it was. I'm so glad that I use Phillip & Phillip. I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful to have met such awesome, honest, and caring people. Thank you again. Djuana
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I highly recommend Parisis (Gerry) Fillippatos with Phillips & Associates to represent you for employment related matters. He and his team were professional, attentive to every detail and brilliant at identifying the legal grounds to win the case. Parisis's communication and delivery were highly articulate and precise. He is personable and makes you feel comfortable in the maze of legal jargon. Finally, his confidence, perseverance and masterful negotiation skills deliver the win. Anonymous
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I had an excellent experience with this team! Thanks, Marjorie, Brittany, and Candy for your great support and prompt answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this firm. This team works very hard and I am extremely happy with the results. Ana