Ketevani Kvatchadze is a careful and observant intake specialist for the seasoned New York City employment law attorneys of Phillips & Associates. She is dedicated to workers’ rights and approaches her work with clients with compassion.
Ms. Kvatchadze graduated from high school in Georgia and received a Bachelor of Law from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in August 2022. She received a national model U.N. certificate from Harvard University in 2020 and an intellectual property course certificate with the WIPO academy in 2021. She also possesses a graduate certificate in English Language and Cultural Studies from the Byron School.
She worked as a criminal law intern for two groups: the Young Criminologists’ Group and the Alternative Lawyers’ Association. With the former, she drafted statements of cases and witness lists and conducted legal research. She also developed strategies to resolve cases in clients’ best interests. While at the Alternative Lawyers’ Association, she worked closely with attorneys on their trial preparation and met with clients to gather information to assist attorneys in preparing for depositions.
Before joining Phillips & Associates, Ms. Kvatchadze worked as an assistant at Capital Systems LLC in Tbilisi, Georgia where she managed calendars and files, conducted research for reports, and ensured effective communications and correspondence. In the course of this work, she maintained confidentiality and carefully handled sensitive and confidential information.
Ms. Kvatchadze is a native Georgian speaker and fluent in English. She possesses an intermediate understanding of Japanese and Russian.
Employment Discrimination in New York City
New York City is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Unfortunately, as in other cities in other states, companies sometimes take advantage of their employees and workers. That failure to treat their employees respectfully and fairly may take the form of xenophobia or racism or another bias in making employment decision. Employment discrimination occurs when an employer bases an employment decision on an employee’s protected trait. It can take the form of failure to hire; failure to provide equal opportunities and training; paying an employee less than other employees; demotion; failure to promote; and termination.
Federal antidiscrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an agency with which you must first file an administrative charge before you file a lawsuit. One of the laws enforced by the EEOC is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination based on race color, national origin, sex, and religion at companies with at least 15 employees. You might have a claim of national origin discrimination under Title VII, for instance, if you were not hired because an employer believed you wouldn’t present the right image for the company as an immigrant from a Middle Eastern country. Or you might have a claim if you were paid less than your workers because you’re Black.
In general, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law provide greater protection for employees than do the federal anti-discrimination laws, partly because they apply to employers with 4 or more employees and partly because they protect a much broader range of characteristics or traits, including sexual orientation.
Harassment based on an employee’s protected trait is a form of discrimination under federal law. Under New York law, your employer can be held liable for sexual harassment even if their only employee is you.
Federal, state, and local antidiscrimination laws also prohibit retaliation, which occurs when an employer takes an adverse action against an employee because he or she engaged in a protected activity such as complaining in good faith about discrimination or harassment.
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