Phillips & Associates
Picture of Yusha D. Hiraman

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.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
I called at Phillips & Associates seeking for a consultation and I was very pleased with the conversation I had with Eugenio Benvenuto. He was able to answer my questions thoroughly and gave me reassurance. I highly recommend their practice. Giulia
★★★★★
Hands down the best law firm for labor disputes in NYC. Being in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years I can say that this law firm is the number one choice for workers in the restaurant business that need to sue their company for wrongful termination. A special compliment to my lawyer Brittany Stevens. An amazing person and well prepared experienced lawyer. She was professional and empathetic to my case and worked in a time appropriate manner. She never miss a phone call at any hour of the day.The other associates that assisted Brittany were Yusha Hiraman, Eugenio Benvenuto and Katerina Housos. They were all professional and answered any questions or concerns that I had. Brittany and her team helped me with what I needed, when I needed it. I want to thank them all (especially Brittany), for a job well done. Massimo
★★★★★
Jesse Weinstein handled my discrimination case. He was extremely patient and understanding throughout the process and remained professional and consistent even when I could not. I really felt like he had my back and I didn't have to worry. His expertise, combined with the experience of the Firm, resulted in the best possible outcome of my case. Although I wouldn't wish what I went through on anyone, things do and always will happen and I would highly recommend Jesse and this Firm to anyone facing discrimination or other workplace issues. Karen
★★★★★
I highly recommend Parisis (Gerry) Fillippatos with Phillips & Associates to represent you for employment related matters. He and his team were professional, attentive to every detail and brilliant at identifying the legal grounds to win the case. Parisis's communication and delivery were highly articulate and precise. He is personable and makes you feel comfortable in the maze of legal jargon. Finally, his confidence, perseverance and masterful negotiation skills deliver the win. Anonymous
★★★★★
I had an excellent experience with this team! Thanks, Marjorie, Brittany, and Candy for your great support and prompt answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this firm. This team works very hard and I am extremely happy with the results. Ana