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Shaina Wood

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Phone: (212) 248-7431
Fax: (212) 901-2107

45 Broadway #430
New York, New York 10006

Shaina Wood is a tenacious employment New York City discrimination attorney with Phillips & Associates. Ms. Wood understands that it is difficult to suffer a career setback, or even lose your job, based on an aspect of your identity or life history over which you have no control. She is committed to fighting for employees who have faced workplace discrimination.

Ms. Wood graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013, where she majored in political science. At Hofstra, she was an Honors College Graduate and a Presidential Scholar. Ms. Wood graduated with a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in New York in May 2017. While in law school, she received the Donald J. Feerick Prize in Labor Law, the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award cum laude, and a Fordham Academic Merit Scholarship. During her time at Fordham, she studied abroad in Belfast where she did an externship with the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. She was competitively selected and trained to mediate many different cases in the Bronx and Manhattan Small Claims Court.

Prior to joining Phillips & Associates, she worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Labor and Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department for three years. As Assistant Corporation Counsel, she performed a range of employment litigation tasks in order to defend City entities against lawsuits brought under employment discrimination statutes including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law.

Ms. Wood has been admitted to practice law in New York courts, the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York.

Shaina Wood Pursues Damages for Workers Facing Workplace Discrimination

At Phillips & Associates, Ms. Wood uses her insights and past experience as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for New York City to help workers pursue damages from employers who have discriminated against them. Our lawyers can pursue damages for workplace discrimination and harassment lawsuits under federal, state, and local laws. In most cases, state and local laws provide greater protection for workers than do federal laws.

State and Local Laws

The state antidiscrimination law that protects workers is the New York State Human Rights Law. Our lawyers may be able to represent you for a claim under the state law, even if you are the sole employee at your company. The law provides that it is a civil right to obtain employment without discrimination due to national origin, sexual orientation, age, race, creed, color, gender identity or expression, sex, military status, disability or marital status is a civil right.

In some cases, it is not clear which of a worker’s protected characteristics is implicated in discriminatory conduct. For example if you work for a sole proprietor who docks your pay and fires you because you are a queer Asian American woman who refuses his sexual advances, you may have claims of sexual harassment, along with discrimination and retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation, national origin, and race. When faced with this situation, Ms. Wood or one of our other attorneys would pursue damages under all appropriate grounds, investigate and conduct discovery, and examine the facts to figure out which claims have the greatest evidentiary support.

The New York City Human Rights Law is the local anti-discrimination law. It covers employers so long as they have a minimum of four employees. Additionally, it has been changed to provide protection not only to employees, but also freelancers and independent contractors, as of January 11, 2020. Characteristics that are protected include:

  • Color
  • Age
  • Immigration or Citizenship Status
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • National Origin
  • Marital Status and Partnership Status
  • Pregnancy and Lactation Accommodations
  • Religion or Creed
  • Race
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Veteran Status or Active Military Service Member
Federal Laws

Federal antidiscrimination laws tend to protect midsize or larger employers. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination with regard to race, national origin, religion, sex, color. It applies to employers that have at least 15 employees. For another example, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination based on disability. Many of the antidiscrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). That means you must file a charge with the EEOC before you pursue damages in court.

Retain Employment Discrimination Lawyers to Fight for Your Rights

If your employer made an important employment decision that harmed you based on a protected characteristic such as sex or religion or disability, you should call Shaina Wood and the seasoned New York City employment discrimination lawyers at Phillips & Associates. We represent 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.

Client Reviews
Phillips & Associates did a wonderful job. I would recommend Brittany Stevens. Angel
Employment dispute I had a dispute with my former employer, Jesse Weinstein was patient and thorough with my case. He covered every angle and was able to help me with my dispute. I would recommend Jesse Weinstein and Phillips and Associates in the future to anyone. Margaret
I called at Phillips & Associates seeking for a consultation and I was very pleased with the conversation I had with Eugenio Benvenuto. He was able to answer my questions thoroughly and gave me reassurance. I highly recommend their practice. Giulia
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 and Eugenio Benvenuto. 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
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