Vivian Wei is a paralegal who is dedicated to assisting the New York City employment lawyers at Phillips & Associates. Phillips & Associates is a plaintiffs’ side employment law firm that handles discrimination, harassment, and other claims at the federal, state, and local levels in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Ms. Wei studied at a University of California Education Abroad Program and at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She graduated from UC Irvine in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and an accounting minor. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Ms. Wei has performed a range of work as a litigation paralegal at another firm, including monitoring court dockets, supporting senior attorneys, maintaining attorney calendars for wage and hour and workplace discrimination cases, conducting client intake interviews and communicating case status to clients, organizing and reviewing discovery, drafting initial complaints for discrimination and wage and hour claims, filing legal documents, calculating damages for individual and class action lawsuits, and preparing and proofreading legal documents. Prior to her work as a paralegal, she completed internal bank audits, presented audit results, and discussed status of process and best practice improvements.
Numerous employers fail to comply with the legal duties that they owe to their employees. They may discriminate against or harass certain workers, or they may retaliate against them for participating in protected activities.
Federal, state, and local laws prohibit employment discrimination. There are several federal anti-discrimination laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The New York State Human Rights Law also enumerates protected classes for the purposes of employment discrimination. The New York City Human Rights Law protects the characteristics of age, citizenship status, disability, color, gender, gender identity, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, race, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, arrest record, caregiver status, credit history, unemployment status, salary history, sexual and reproductive health decisions, and domestic violence victim status.
Discrimination occurs when an employer takes an adverse step against an employee based on his or her membership in a protected class. Examples of an adverse step include failure to hire, termination, failure to promote, and disparate pay. For example, if you were fired because you are almost retirement age, you likely have an age discrimination claim. Similarly, if you are paid a different wage because you are a lesbian woman, you may have a sexual orientation and sex discrimination claim. Liability also may arise if an employer enacts a policy that appears to be neutral but has a disparate impact on a protected group.
Laws at different levels provide different forms of relief. In most cases, the federal laws apply only to midsize or large employers. For example, Title VII applies only to employers with at least 15 employees. Many of the federal anti-discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and you must file a charge with the EEOC before filing a lawsuit in federal court. However, the state and local laws apply to smaller employers, and in some cases, they provide greater relief. For example, under many of the federal laws, compensatory and punitive damages are capped based on the size of the employer, but this is not the case for the New York City Human Rights Law. Moreover, under the city law, you do not need to first file a charge before you can proceed with a lawsuit.
Employment discrimination can take many different forms. It can cause both economic and emotional harm. Victims of employment discrimination may have various options in terms of seeking relief from the harm inflicted. A lawsuit may be the appropriate strategy. If you were harmed by workplace misconduct, you should contact Phillips & Associates. We represent employees in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, as well as Long Island, Westchester County, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We can be reached at (212) 248-7431 or through our online form.