Phillips & Associates

Suffolk County Employment Discrimination

Attorneys for Victims of Employment Discrimination in Suffolk County

Suffolk County lies on the eastern part of Long Island and is home to more than 1.4 million New Yorkers. With an average family size of 3.36, many people have determined that Suffolk is an optimal place to raise a family. Even in suburban, family-oriented areas, however, employment discrimination may still exist. A Suffolk County resident who has experienced unlawful employment discrimination may have a right to seek redress in court.

You do not have to tolerate discrimination at work. New York workers are protected by numerous federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful employment discrimination. If you believe you are the victim of illegal employment discrimination, a Suffolk County employment discrimination lawyer at Philips & Associates can help you determine whether you may be entitled to compensation.

New York Employers May Not Engage in Unlawful Discrimination

There are many laws that prohibit discrimination on a number of personal characteristics. All of these laws have one underlying goal. They prevent employers from making a decision that affects the terms of an employee’s employment based solely on a protected trait, including race, gender, age, disability, religion, and sexual orientation.

Race discrimination is illegal in New York. Racial discrimination often occurs in similar fashion to gender discrimination. Employers may commit illegal race discrimination by denying employment benefits to an employee or group of employees solely on account of their race. For example, making all employees of a certain race work the night shift while giving favorable shifts to employees of another race may be illegal race discrimination. Employers may also commit this form of discrimination by creating a hostile work environment based on race. The use of racial slurs, jokes, or comments may contribute to the creation of an illegal hostile work environment.

New York employers are also prohibited from discriminating based on sexual orientation. Like other forms of discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination may take many forms. An employer cannot refuse to hire a qualified prospective employee based solely on her sexual orientation. Similarly, the use of bigoted slurs or jokes may create an illegal hostile work environment.

The Civil Rights Act and the New York Human Rights Laws Protect Workers

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the primary federal law that prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on a number of personal traits, including gender, race, age, and religion. This law gives employees who have suffered unlawful employment discrimination the right to bring suit in federal court after filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The New York State Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on many of the same traits as the federal Civil Rights Act. The two New York laws provide two additional protections beyond the federal law. First, they apply to more employers than the federal law, since they extend to employers with fewer employees than employers covered by the Civil Rights Act. Second, the New York State Human Rights Law protects employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. At this time, there is no federal law that prohibits this type of employment discrimination.

Entrust Your Case to Experienced New York Litigators

Employers who continue engage in anachronistic and illegal discrimination practices must pay for their decision to break the law. If your employer or a potential employer has illegally discriminated against you on the basis of your gender, race, or other protected characteristic, you can protect your rights. The Suffolk County workplace discrimination attorneys of Phillips & Associates have helped countless New Yorkers file discrimination complaints and seek compensation. Call (212) 248-7431 or visit our contact page to see if we can help you.

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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 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
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
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
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
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