Nassau County Employment Discrimination

Protecting the Rights of Nassau County Employees

Nassau County is located on Long Island between Queens and Suffolk. As of the 2010 census, it is home to more than 1.3 million people. It is also a great place to raise a family, with more than 340,000 families choosing to reside in Nassau. Residents of this county are a sophisticated workforce of people with skilled trades and talents. Despite this fact, employment discrimination still exists in Nassau.

Employers in New York are legally barred from engaging in employment discrimination on the basis of a number of personal characteristics. Employers who ignore the law may face legal liability. The Nassau County employment discrimination attorneys of Phillips & Associates have a deep understanding of how New York law protects employees. If you have faced illegal employment discrimination, we can help you file a claim and seek damages.

New York Employers May Not Discriminate

Employers in this state cannot make employment decisions on the basis of several personal traits, such as gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, and others.

One of the most common types of discrimination is based on gender. This may occur when an employer decides to hire a man over an equally qualified woman, solely because of the woman’s gender. Other times, gender discrimination appears in the form of sexual harassment, when employers or fellow employees create a hostile work environment by creating a hostile, intimidating, or offensive workplace. Another illegal form of gender discrimination is discrimination against pregnant women.

Discrimination based on disability is another common form of workplace discrimination. Federal law prohibits employers from treating disabled employees any differently than other employees. If a person with a disability can perform the required tasks of the job, with or without a “reasonable accommodation,” the employer cannot make employment decisions based on the employee’s disability. Some examples of reasonable accommodations include building wheelchair ramps, providing extra equipment, or modifying work schedules.

Federal, State, and Local Laws Shield Workers from Discrimination

There are several laws that protect New Yorkers from discrimination at work. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination and harassment based on many personal traits, such as gender, race, ethnicity, and religion. Retaliation is also illegal under the Civil Rights Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has banned discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against employees with mental and physical disabilities.

On the local side, the New York State Human Rights Law protects employees from many of the same illegal practices as the federal laws above. There are, moreover, a few additional benefits under the state and city laws. One is that the local Human Rights Laws apply to employers who have fewer employees than employers who are subject to the federal laws.

Discuss Your Case With Experienced Attorneys in Nassau County

New York has strong anti-discrimination laws by which employers must abide. If you believe that you have faced unlawful employment discrimination, you may be entitled to damages from your employer. The Nassau County workplace discrimination lawyers of Phillips & Associates can evaluate your case and guide you through the complex process of filing an employment discrimination claim. Call (212) 248-7431 or visit our contact page to schedule a free initial consultation.