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Phillips & Associates Named as 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers Finalists

2019 Elite Trial Lawyers Finalists

The National Law Journal recently published its list of 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers Finalists, naming Phillips & Associates as finalists in the categories of Discrimination, Employment Rights, and Racial Discrimination. The list was narrowed down from 300 submissions from law firms that devote a significant amount of their practice to plaintiffs’ matters. The finalists were selected by editors and reporters from ALM and The National Law Journal. The National Law Journal noted that the firms chosen as finalists were selected due to their cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs over the last year and a half, as well as their strong record of favorable verdicts and settlements over the past three to five years. At Phillips & Associates, our New York City employment lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of discrimination and harassment recover damages for their harm.

Laws Protecting Employees

Employees should be able to work without fear of discrimination. For example, a workplace should be free from racist symbols like nooses, and supervisors or coworkers should not make racist comments toward or about a non-white employee. Unfortunately, these types of misconduct are not uncommon, even though local, state, and federal laws have been enacted to fight against discrimination in the workplace. While these laws all prohibit discrimination, they provide varying levels of protection, and they do not all apply to the same employers or protect the same classes of employees.

The New York City Human Rights Law

The New York City Human Rights Law, which is a local law, is one of the toughest anti-discrimination laws in the country. It protects employees from discrimination based on their perceived or actual color, race, creed, national origin, or citizenship status. It also prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s age, disability, or uniformed service, or their marital or partnership status. Lastly, an employer cannot discriminate against an employee based on his or her gender, sexual and reproductive health decisions, or sexual orientation. The broad provisions of the New York City Human Rights Law protect employees from many forms of discrimination, and it applies to employers with four or more employees. If an employee successfully proves a discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law, there is no limit on the amount of compensatory or punitive damages that he or she may be awarded.

The New York State Human Rights Law

While the New York State Human Rights Law does not provide as comprehensive protection from discrimination as the New York City Human Rights Law, it nonetheless broadly prohibits discrimination. Classes and characteristics that are protected under the New York State Human Rights Law include race, age, creed, color, and national origin. Sex, sexual orientation, disability, and military and marital status are protected as well. Notably, the New York State Human Rights Law also prohibits discrimination based on a person's status as a victim of domestic violence, any arrest or criminal records, and any genetic traits that might predispose the person to an illness. The New York State Human Rights Law also applies to employers with four or more employees. Unlike the New York City Human Rights Law, however, it does not allow a plaintiff to recover punitive damages.

Federal Laws Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace

Lastly, numerous federal laws protect employees from discrimination. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act all prohibit discrimination. Title VII, which prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, and national origin, applies to employers with 15 or more employees. The damages recoverable in a Title VII claim are limited based on the number of employees who work for the employer.

Speak with a Knowledgeable Employment Discrimination Attorney

A workplace should be a safe environment, but many employees are subjected to ongoing harassment and discrimination. At Phillips & Associates, our practice is limited to the representation of employees, and we will work tirelessly to help you in the pursuit of compensation for your harm. We can be reached at (212) 248-7431 or through the form online to schedule a conference regarding your case. Our firm represents employees in New York City and in Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties, as well as New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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, Kevin Guaranda 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