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Manhattan Employment Lawyer

Manhattan Employment Lawyers

Workplace Rights Attorneys Advocating for Manhattan Employees

Whether you have been fired because of your race, you have been a victim of sexual harassment, or you are concerned about retaliation for reporting misconduct in your workplace, the Manhattan employment lawyers at Phillips & Associates are ready to help. We provide aggressive legal representation to plaintiffs who need a sexual harassment attorney or representation in a claim related to any form of employment discrimination. Phillips & Associates also can guide you through matters related to wage and hour violations, a severance agreement, retaliation, or wrongful termination.

Know Your Options Under New York Employment Laws

There are numerous federal, state, and local laws that govern Manhattan employers, depending on their size. For example, you may bring a Title VII lawsuit based on sexual harassment in the workplace if your employer has 15 or more employees. People who work for smaller businesses may bring similar actions under state or local laws. Sexual harassment may involve direct demands for sexual favors in exchange for conferring a benefit related to your employment, or refraining from taking an adverse employment action against you. A claim also may arise from a hostile work environment created by inappropriate comments or more subtle forms of harassment that would make a reasonable person in the plaintiff’s position uncomfortable.

Before filing suit for employment discrimination or harassment case in federal court under Title VII, you will need to file a charge with one of the many agencies that investigate these claims. To file a Title VII lawsuit, for example, you need to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and give it an opportunity to investigate. If the agency decides not to prosecute, it will issue a Notice of Right to Sue. At that point, you can file suit. Additionally, you or your attorney can request an Right to Sue if you wish to pursue your case in court. You should be aware that even if the EEOC or another agency has decided not to sue or finds that there is no discrimination, your case might still be worth pursuing. However, there are strict time periods within which you must file a charge or lawsuit, so it is important to consult an employment attorney about your options.

Retaliation is Illegal

If you are considering reporting misconduct or assisting in an investigation of misconduct at your workplace, you may be concerned about retaliation against you. Anti-discrimination laws generally contain rules against retaliation, which may give rise to a separate legal claim. An employee may not be terminated, punished, or harassed for engaging in a protected activity or for any other reason that is contrary to public policy. If you have suffered from unlawful retaliation, you can potentially seek a broad range of damages in addition to reinstatement and other forms of injunctive relief.

Contact an Experienced Employment Lawyer in Manhattan

People who have been adversely affected by misconduct in the workplace should consult a Manhattan employment attorney about their options as soon as possible. At Phillips & Associates, we understand the stress that you may feel when your employment conditions are threatened, and we are ready to help you seek the remedies that you deserve. Contact us at (866) 229-9441 or through our online form to set up a free appointment with a wrongful termination attorney or seek guidance in another employment dispute.

Discrimination Lawyer Success

  • $1.8 Million Race Discrimination

    Jesse S. Weinstein and Gregory W. Kirschenbaum successfully obtained a $1,800,000 unanimous jury verdict in the Southern District of New York on behalf of Plaintiff, John Pardovani. The verdict consisted of $800,000 in compensatory damages and $1,000,000 in punitive damages.

  • $280 Thousand Race Discrimination

    In a race discrimination case, a federal jury in New York found that use of the N-word in the workplace is never acceptable, even when used between black coworkers.

  • $2.2 Million Race Discrimination & Retaliation

    Greg Kirschenbaum was part of the trial team that won a $2.2 million verdict in a race discrimination and retaliation case in 2015. Rosas v. Balter Sales, et al.

  • $1.4 Million Religious & Sexual Orientation Discrimination

    Bryan Arce was part of the trial team that won a $1.4 million-dollar verdict in a religious and sexual orientation discrimination case brought by a Chef, which was the highest employment law verdict in 2012.