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Steven Filosa

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

45 Broadway #430
New York, New York 10006

Workplace discrimination can seriously harm you both emotionally and economically. You may have spent years working on your career and building your reputation. You may have put in long hours, only to find that you are being judged on your identity, rather than your work performance. Steven Filosa is a New York City employment discrimination lawyer with Phillips & Associates. If you were subject to discrimination in the workplace based on your membership in a protected class, you may be able to recover damages in a lawsuit. Local, state, and federal laws provide protection for different characteristics, though there is some overlap.

Mr. Filosa graduated in 2017 from Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains, New York with a Juris Doctor.  He also graduated from The University of Virginia, College of Arts & Sciences. While in law school, he received honors with a concentration in corporate financial compliance and certificates in international and environmental law. He worked on the Pace Law Review and participated in International Criminal Court Moot in 2016.

Prior to joining Phillips & Associates, he worked as an associate for a different law firm in New York. Mr. Filosa understands how difficult it is to be treated differently on the job based on who you are. It’s unfair and stressful. He works hard towards achieving fairness for his clients.

Steven Filosa Pursues Damages in Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

There are many aspects of your past and your identity that you cannot change. Workplace discrimination exists when your employer takes a negative employment action against you based on some aspect of your identity or life that is protected under state, local, or federal laws. Mr. Filosa or our other lawyers may be able to pursue damages for discrimination when an employer does any of the following:

  • Fires an employee due to a protected characteristic
  • Fails to hire an employee due to a protected characteristic
  • Fails to promote an employee due to a protected characteristic
  • Demotes an employee due to a protected characteristic
  • Pays employees differently based on a protected characteristic
  • Refuses to place an employee in a public-facing position because of her protected characteristic
  • Harasses an employee
Federal Laws

The federal laws that prohibit workplace discrimination on various grounds are Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). These laws tend to cover midsize or large employers. They are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

State Law

The New York State Human Rights Law provides stronger protection than federal law does in many situations. It forbids discriminatory harassment on the basis of race, creed, age, color, sexual orientation, national origin, military status, gender identity or expression, familial status, domestic violence victim status, and marital status. If you are fired because you are transitioning as a transgender worker, for example, you may have a claim under state law. Similarly, if you are Black and your employer refuses to promote you, you may have a claim for racial discrimination.

Discriminatory harassment is illegal under state law if it subjects you to inferior terms or conditions or privileges of employment, which is a lower standard than that of federal law.

New York City Human Rights Law

Historically, the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) has provided greater protection than either state or federal laws. However, this has changed with amendments to state law that bring city and state law closer together in the scope and nature of their protections. Mr. Filosa or another attorney can pursue your claim under city law based on the following characteristics: color, age, immigration, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, religion, race, sexual orientation and status as a veteran. It also protects caregiver, arrest or conviction record, credit history, pre-employment marijuana testing, sexual and reproductive health decisions, salary history, and domestic violence victim status.

Retain an Experienced New York City Employment Discrimination Attorney

Steven Filosa is dedicated to fighting for your rights under federal, state or local laws. If you were harmed by employment discrimination, Mr. Filosa or one of the other seasoned New York City employment discrimination lawyers of Phillips & Associates may be able to represent you. We represent employees 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
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Phillips & Associates did a wonderful job. I would recommend Brittany Stevens. Angel
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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
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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
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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 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
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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