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Yusha D. Hiraman

Yusha D. Hiraman is an associate at the New York employment law firm of Phillips & Associates. As a New York City employment discrimination attorney, she understands that suffering discrimination on the job is harmful to workers in many ways, and she is dedicated to fighting workplace misconduct on behalf of her clients.

If you are subjected to discrimination in the workplace, you may be able to recover damages. Federal, state, and local laws prohibit workplace discrimination and harassment based on certain protected characteristics, including race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, and disabilities.

In many situations, the New York City Human Rights Law provides the greatest amount of protection to workers. It is considered one of the strongest civil rights laws in the country, providing protections not necessarily available under federal or state laws. For example, it requires employers to use a transgender employee's preferred name, pronoun, and title, regardless of the employee’s assigned sex, appearance, medical history, or identification.

The law also has a very broad anti-retaliation provision. To succeed in a retaliation claim, you must have complained about workplace discrimination based on certain legally protected characteristics, and you must have suffered an adverse action at work as a result. You only need to have a good-faith, reasonable belief that you were subjected to discrimination.

Recognizing the harm that inappropriate sexual conduct may cause to an employee, the New York City Human Rights Law provides special protection for victims of sexual harassment, whether it is quid pro quo harassment or hostile work environment harassment. An employer need only have one employee to be covered by this law. Under the New York City Human Rights Law, there is no statutory limit on the compensatory damages that you may recover for violations.

In order to bring a claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a defendant employer must employ at least 15 employees. Damages in a federal lawsuit are capped based on the employer's size. Many federal anti-discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which means that you must first file a charge within a limited window of time before bringing your lawsuit in court. The New York state law is similar to Title VII, but it protects a greater number of characteristics that are covered under other federal laws. These include military status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, race, creed, color, national origin, military status, sex, marital status, and disability.

Ms. Hiraman graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from SUNY Stony Brook University, where she joined the Golden Key Honour Society, the Sigma Beta Community Service Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. She was active with Phi Alpha Delta of Law Fraternity International, SBU Pre-Law Chapter, West Apartments Hall Council, West Indian Student Organization, and Hindu Student Council.

Ms. Hiraman received her J.D. at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University with a Pro Bono Program Certificate (Gold Level). While there, she was involved with Phi Alpha Delta, Law Fraternity International (John F. Kennedy Chapter), and the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Society. She also served as Student Ambassador and as Co-Secretary of the South Asian Law Students Association.

Ms. Hiraman's professional affiliations include the South Asian Bar Association of New York, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the National Employment Lawyers Association/New York, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the New York City Bar Association. She has been admitted to practice law in New York courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Prior to joining Phillips and Associates, Ms. Hiraman was an employment law associate at two law firms. She has experience helping workers in federal and state courts, as well as in proceedings before administrative agencies.