Tatianna Mack is a staff member assisting the New York City employment lawyers at Phillips & Associates. She is committed to providing excellent service to prospective clients and clients of the firm, who are often contemplating or pursuing claims of harassment or discrimination.
Ms. Mack previously worked as an Intake Specialist at Morgan & Morgan in Brooklyn, New York. There, she was responsible for assisting clients by telephone and email. She worked closely with attorneys to vet the legal claims of prospective clients in order to determine whether their claims were within the ambit of the attorneys' work. She collected client information and drafted incident summaries. She also provided updates to existing clients on their case status as necessary.
Prior to her work in legal services intake, she served as a customer service representative at various companies. Among other things, she ensured that orders were completed according to client specifications and worked with network partners to resolve service issues and communicate with clients appropriately. Ms. Mack also has studied early childhood education at St. Francis College in New York.
Many of the people whom she assists are bringing claims based on employment discrimination, which is prohibited under federal, state, and local laws. These laws protect different characteristics. For example, the federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, color, and sex. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination based on a disability. The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination based on age if you are 40 or older.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces many of the federal anti-discrimination laws. They tend to apply to medium-size or large employers. For example, your employer must have a minimum of 15 employees to be covered by Title VII. Damages are capped under anti-discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC.
The New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law also prohibit workplace discrimination based on protected characteristics. However, they apply to smaller employers and protect a greater number of characteristics. For example, the city law prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. If you are transgender, and you work in the city for an employer that has at least four employees, your employer cannot terminate you, demote you, permit harassment against you, reduce your pay, or otherwise make important employment decisions based on your gender identity.
Under federal, state, and local laws, harassment is one form of discrimination. In order to be actionable, harassment usually needs to be so egregious or so frequent that it creates a hostile work environment. In most cases, a trivial or one-off incident will not constitute harassment. One of the most common forms of harassment is sexual harassment. A sexual harassment lawsuit may be based on a hostile work environment, but it may also be based on quid pro quo harassment. Quid pro quo sexual harassment means "this for that," and it entails a person of authority (usually a supervisor or manager) asking an employee for a sexual favor in exchange for providing a work benefit or refraining from taking a negative action, such as terminating an employee.
If you are harassed by a supervisor, coworker, client, or customer based on a protected characteristic, you may have a claim. For example, if your supervisor mocks you for your religion and ethnicity, or if they allow your coworkers to threaten you and taunt you based on your religion and ethnicity, you may have a claim for religious discrimination, national origin discrimination, and possibly also race discrimination.
Ms. Mack works closely with the attorneys at Phillips Associates to ensure attentive and compassionate service to prospective clients and clients of the firm. If you are concerned about protecting your rights in the workplace, you should consult us. You can contact Phillips Associates at (212) 248-7431 or through our online form. We handle employment cases in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, as well as in Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties and in New Jersey.
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