MaKenna Rogers is a knowledgeable New York City employment discrimination attorney with the plaintiffs’ law firm of Phillips & Associates. Our firm represents those who have been harmed due to a characteristic that is protected under federal, state, or local laws. If you were harmed in a workplace or a public accommodation based on an aspect of your identity that is protected, you should call Ms. Rogers or one of the other employment discrimination lawyers.
Ms. Rogers received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The University of Oklahoma.
She then graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law. While in law school, she received the Cali Award in Trademark Law. She also participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic and served as an editorial staff member for the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law.
MaKenna Rogers is admitted to the Georgia Bar and the New York Bar. She is the author of “Trademarking Social Movements Matter,” and is dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of workers who have marginalized identities.
Prior to joining Phillips & Associates, she worked at another New York City law firm that represented companies, insurers, drug and medical device manufacturers, and others in the healthcare industry. She now uses her insights about defense practice to fight for workers’ rights.MaKenna Rogers Fights for Victims of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment
Not every instance of unfairness in the workplace can be the subject of a discrimination or harassment lawsuit. Under federal, state, and local laws, job discrimination occurs when an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee based on his or her protected characteristic. Each of these laws protects different characteristics. For instance, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects race, national origin, sex, color, and religion. It applies to employers that have at least 15 employees. However, like other federal antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Title VII caps damages based on the size of the employer. In most cases, state and local laws provide greater protection.
Both state and local laws provide protections in settings other than the workplace, including public accommodations. The New York State Human Rights Law is the state antidiscrimination law. It applies to every employer in the state. The New York City Human Rights Law is the local antidiscrimination law and has long been considered one of the most liberal antidiscrimination laws in the country. It applies to employers that have at least four employees.Reasonable Accommodations
Under the New York State Human Rights Law, reasonable accommodations are actions taken that allow an employee to perform in a reasonable way what they need to do for an occupation or job that is held. It also protects job applicants. Reasonable accommodations can include support services for those who are impaired in vision or hearing, modification of work schedules, job restructuring, work schedule adjustments, provision of training, and provision of readers or interpreters.
The New York City Human Rights Law also provides that employers should give reasonable accommodations to employees so that an individual worker can enjoy the rights in question or perform essential requirements of the job. Reasonable accommodations are those that won’t cause undue hardship in the employer’s business. In order to show discrimination based on an employer’s failure to give a reasonable accommodation, the person who is harmed needs to prove: (1) they are disabled, (2) the employer knew or should have known about the disability, (3) the accommodation would allow the person to enjoy the right or rights in question or perform their essential job requisites, (4) the employer didn’t provide a reasonable accommodation.Retain a New York City Employment Lawyer
MaKenna Rogers and the other tenacious and knowledgeable New York City employment discrimination lawyers at Phillips & Associates may be able to represent you in a lawsuit for damages. Often employers have substantially more resources than employees. This makes it important that you seek legal counsel. We negotiate and take cases to trial, as appropriate, on behalf of workers in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Nassau County or Suffolk County. Call us at (212) 248-7431 or complete our online form.