When you go to work, you trust that you will be in a safe place free from arbitrary and unfair employment decisions, a place where your work will be valued on its own merits. At Phillips & Associates, our New York City employment lawyers are committed to holding employers accountable when this does not happen. We can assist employees who need a sexual harassment attorney or representation in pregnancy discrimination and other employment discrimination claims, as well as any other disputes that arise in the context of the workplace. Our consultations are free and our attorney fees are contingent on the outcome of your case.Bringing a Claim Based on a Violation of Your Workplace Rights
Federal, state, and local laws prohibit many different forms of employment discrimination, including gender (sex) discrimination and pregnancy discrimination. The primary federal anti-discrimination statute is Title VII, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Title VII applies to private companies with a minimum of 15 employees, as well as state and federal employees. However, the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) and the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”) applies to companies with less than 15 employees.New York City Discrimination Laws Offer Employees Broad Protection
New York and New York City laws offer protections to employees of smaller companies, and often the protections are broader in scope than Title VII. For example, no employer in New York is permitted to tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace. Even employers with only one employee are prohibited from sexually harassing employees. Sexual harassment may be based on harassment that creates a hostile work environment, or it may be based on an employer's conditioning of an employment act on accepting the harassment or performing sexual favors. For example, if the boss threatens to fire you unless you go out with them, this may be sexual harassment.Pregnancy Discrimination is Illegal Under Federal and New York Law
Pregnancy discrimination is prohibited under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which is an amendment to Title VII. The PDA prohibits adverse employment actions taken on the basis of an employee giving birth, being pregnant, or having any pregnancy-related medical condition. New York laws also protect employees against Pregnancy Discrimination. People who are pregnant are supposed to be treated in the same way as other job applicants or employees who are similarly able or unable to work. An employer is not permitted to refuse to hire a job applicant because it is biased against pregnant workers, and it also may not demote a worker or reassign her to an unfavorable job assignment based on her pregnancy.Don’t Be a Victim of Race Discrimination in the Workplace
Another unfortunately pervasive form of discrimination consists of adverse treatment based on the race of a job applicant or employee. Many people in the workplace still adhere to inappropriate stereotypes regarding certain ethnic groups or make hurtful racial jokes or comments. Racist remarks, jokes, emails or symbols may result in a hostile work environment. A race discrimination claim may also be based on the disparate treatment of a specific individual in the workplace, or it may arise from a certain pattern or practice by an employer that encourages or condones this type of behavior.Were You Fired After Making a Complaint of Sexual Harassment or Discrimination?
Federal, state, and local laws also prohibit retaliation against employees for bringing these claims or assisting a related investigation. A retaliation claim is separate from the underlying race discrimination claim and pursues additional remedies from an employer. A termination, demotion or other significant change in your job title or duties after a formal complaint of sexual harassment or discrimination may be evidence of retaliation. Contact our retaliation attorneys to discuss your situationConsult a New York City Lawyer for Your Employment Claim
Whether you need a sexual harassment or pregnancy discrimination lawyer, or you need representation in another employment dispute, you should retain an experienced advocate who can fight for your rights in the workplace. At Phillips & Associates, our New York City employment attorneys are committed to pursuing justice for workers. Call us at (212) 248-7431 or contact us through our online form for a free consultation. We serve employees in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, Westchester, as well as Suffolk and Nassau Counties.