The employment relationship is a relatively simple one. As an employee, you do your work and your employer benefits. In exchange, you get compensation. While employers are not always kind to employees, they are required to uphold certain basic standards for interacting with workers.
Discrimination has no place in the employer-employee relationship. Unfortunately, the prejudices we all deal with in everyday life sometimes intrude into the workplace. If you have been harmed by workplace discrimination in New York, we at The Bell Law Group, PLLC, can help you. We protect the right of workers to be free from discrimination.
Workplace Discrimination Claims
Employers can be guilty of poor behavior without giving employees a legal claim for damages. For example, employers in New York can fire most workers for no reason, or for a highly trivial reason. The law only protects workers from discrimination for specific, enumerated reasons.
We are here to represent the rights and interests of employees involved in a variety of workplace discrimination claims, including:
- Disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Gender preference discrimination
- National origin discrimination
- Discrimination based on religion
- Race discrimination
- Sexual harassment, including cases involving unwanted advances as well as harassment about a person’s sex
- Discrimination based on marital status
- Discrimination based on military status
- Discrimination based on your arrest or conviction record
There are overlapping state and federal laws regarding discrimination in the workplace. The Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the New York City Human Rights Law and the New York State Human Rights Law all serve to protect workers from harassment and unfair treatment.
Compensation for Employment Discrimination
If you have been the victim of discrimination by your employer, you may be entitled to compensation. That compensation can include back wages, compensatory damages and punitive damages. The nature of the offense and the size of the employer are just two of the factors that go into determining proper compensation. You need to discuss the details of your case with an experienced New York employment lawyer to find out whether or not you have a case.
Employers are forbidden from retaliating against employees who assert their rights. If you file a charge of discrimination, your employer cannot fire you, demote you, harass you, reduce your pay or otherwise penalize you for doing so. That is true regardless of whether you win your discrimination lawsuit.