Jacqueline Carranza is a legal assistant with Phillips & Associates. She is dedicated to fighting for workers who have been discriminated against based on protected characteristics such as race, national origin, color, sex, religion, and disability. If you are a worker who has been mistreated in the workplace because of your identity or personal history, you should call the seasoned New York City employment discrimination attorneys of Phillips & Associates.
Ms. Carranza is a J.D. Candidate at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Currently, she participates in the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association; she was also a 2020 scholarship recipient of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association. She received a Faculty Recognition Award for Academic Excellence in Civil Dispute Resolution & Procedure II.
Ms. Carranza graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Justice on May 2017 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is currently a legal assistant with Phillips & Associates. She assists a partner and paralegal with processing retainers. She also schedules calls with opposing counsel and files charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). For more than five years, she was also a studio administrator for the American Youth Dance Theater.
Ms. Carranza speaks fluent Spanish. She was a volunteer with the Lucy Walsh Fund from 2015-2019.
Jacqueline Carranza Represents Workers With Discrimination Claims
Workplace discrimination and harassment are prohibited under multiple laws. Some of these laws include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHR), the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHR), and other laws. Many of the federal anti-discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They tend to apply to midsize or larger employers. For instance, Title VII is only applicable when an employer has a minimum of 15 workers. In most cases, state and local laws provide greater protection to New York workers than do federal laws.
The state antidiscrimination law is the New York State Human Rights Law. It applies to employers in and around New York City that have just one employee. It was recently amended so that its protections are comparable to those of the city law, long considered one of the most employee-friendly antidiscrimination laws in the country. Protected characteristics include race, age, color, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, disability, marital status, and military status.
Under the state law, you might have a claim if you were subject to hostile work environment harassment because you are Latina, for instance. In order to establish your entitlement to damages, you’ll need to show you were subject to inferior terms, conditions or privileges of employment because of your membership in one or protected categories. You will need to show you were not treated as well as other employees due to your protected characteristic.
Employers can defend themselves by proving that the harassing conduct doesn’t go above what a reasonable victim of discrimination with the same protected characteristic that you have would deem trivial inconveniences or petty slights.
New York City Human Rights Law
The New York City Human Rights Law applies to employers with at least four employees. Protected characteristics under this law include age, immigration status, disability, color, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, lactation accommodations, pregnancy, religion, creed, race, sexual orientation, veteran status, active military service member, arrest or conviction record, credit history, caregiver status, unemployment status, preemployment marijuana testing, sexual and reproductive health decisions, domestic violence victim status, and salary history. For example, if a prospective employer decides not to hire you because you have a disability, you may be able to pursue damages under the city law.
Consult a Workplace Discrimination Law Firm
Jacqueline Carranza and the other seasoned New York City employment discrimination lawyers at Phillips & Associates may be able to represent you. We represent workers in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Nassau County or Suffolk County. Call us at (866) 229-9441 or complete our online form.