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Race Discrimination

New York City Workers Should Not Face Race Discrimination

When you go to work, you expect to be judged on your job performance and skills, not your race. Unfortunately, some companies do make adverse employment decisions based on an employee’s race, including those instances when the employee is mixed-race. Discrimination can involve jokes or derogatory comments, along with physical assault or abuse. Sometimes a bigoted remark constitutes harassment. It may also be evidence in a broader pattern of discrimination that culminates in an adverse employment action like firing or failure to promote. Whether the conduct is blatant or subtle, you should discuss your situation with the trusted New York City race discrimination lawyers of Phillips & Associates. We’ve faced off against both large and small employers in an effort to secure best outcomes for workers of many different races and won millions. You should not need to tolerate racial discrimination in the workplace.

Call Phillips & Associates About Your Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Your employer is prohibited from taking adverse employment actions against you on the basis of race under federal, state, and local laws. Actions that may be forbidden include failure to hire, termination, failure to promote, demotions, harassment, and poor performance reviews based on your racial background. Unfortunately, many people have racist opinions or stereotype based on race. Intentionally discriminatory actions can result in reduced morale among employees. The individual worker who is dealing with race discrimination may experience depression, insomnia, anxiety, along with negative financial consequences.

Race discrimination may involve disparate treatment when you are intentionally treated differently than your coworkers due to your race. For example, if your employer terminates you in the course of corporate restructuring and allows your Asian American identity to influence that decision, you may have a claim for disparate treatment race discrimination. Similarly, if you are a Black proofreader and you are paid less than white proofreaders, our New York City lawyers a claim for race discrimination.

It can happen when a person of one race background is treated differently than workers of other races. However, our lawyers may be able to demonstrate disparate impact race discrimination in New York City, when an employer uses apparently race-neutral practices, but those practices inordinately impact people of a particular race group.

You May Be Protected Under Federal, State, and Local Laws

Federal law prohibits race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This law covers companies and businesses with at least 15 employees. The New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law also prohibit race discrimination in smaller businesses. These laws both tend to offer broader and more expansive protection than federal law does. For instance, while you would need to show racially motivated harassing behavior was severe or pervasive to establish a federal racial harassment claim, you need only show that it subjected you to inferior terms, conditions or privileges of employment based on your race to have a claim under state law. Employers can defend themselves on the grounds that the harassing conduct would not rise above the level of what a reasonable victim of discrimination with the same protected characteristic would consider trivial inconveniences or petty slights.

What Damages Can You Recover?

Every case is different, but generally, when our race discrimination lawyers are able to establish race discrimination in New York City, we can recover compensatory damages, on behalf of our client. These are damages intended to make you “whole” rather than to punish the defendant for poor conduct. These could include compensation for mental anguish, emotional distress, and loss of income you would have otherwise received if you were terminated or not promoted. When an employer’s conduct is egregious, we may be able to recover punitive damages, which are typically awarded in proportion to the defendant’s size and wealth.

Consult a Seasoned Race Discrimination Lawyer

The New York City Human Rights Commission reported a 60% increase in overall reports of discrimination in 2016, including an increase in reports of discrimination based on race, national origin, and immigration status by 30%. Race discrimination hurts. It has dramatic economic consequences. And it runs afoul of city, state, and federal law. If you were subject to race discrimination in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, you may have grounds to sue. You should call the trusted New York City race discrimination lawyers of Phillips & Associates to discuss your situation. Call us at (212) 248-7431 or complete our online form. Our firm represents workers on a contingency fee basis. We offer free consultations.

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