New York City Employment Discrimination Lawyer
Protecting Worker Rights Throughout New York City
The Civil Rights Act and other laws prohibit discrimination against individuals because of their age, race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. It is illegal to discriminate in any aspect of employment, including:
- Hiring and firing;
- Compensation, assignment, or classification of employees;
- Transfer, promotion, layoff, or recall;
- Job advertisements;
- Use of company facilities;
- Training and apprenticeship programs;
- Fringe benefits;
- Pay, retirement plans, and disability leave; or
- Other terms and conditions of employment.
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, the experienced NYC employment discrimination lawyers at Mansell Law are here to help. We know the law and procedures to right any wrong that has been done to you, including undoing a wrongful termination or other employment action and recovering financial compensation for all your legal damages.
What Laws Protect New Yorkers From Employment Discrimination?
The main federal laws protecting employees from discrimination include:
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – prohibits discrimination against applicants, employees and former employees based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) – protects workers aged 40 and over
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – protects qualified individuals with a disability from workplace discrimination; requires reasonable accommodation of disabilities
Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) – prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, including treating a female applicant or employee unfavorably due to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition
Equal Pay Act – requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work in the same or substantially equal jobs; all forms of pay are covered; employers cannot lower pay to one group to comply with the law
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) – prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment
In addition, both New York City and New York State have broad anti-discrimination laws:
New York City Human Rights Law – prohibits employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on age, alienage or citizenship status, color, disability, gender (including sexual harassment), gender identity, marital status and partnership status, national origin, pregnancy and lactation accommodations, race, religion/creed, sexual orientation, status as a veteran or active military service member, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, credit history, pre-employment marijuana testing, unemployment status, sexual and reproductive health decisions, salary history, and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses
New York State Human Rights Law – protected classes include age, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender identity or expression, familial status, marital status, military status, national origin, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy-related condition, prior arrest or conviction record, race/color, sex, sexual orientation, and retaliation for opposing unlawful discriminatory practices.
Where Do I File My Discrimination Claim?
If your discrimination claim is covered by city, state and federal laws, you can choose to file with the New York City Human Rights Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Different laws cover different types of discrimination and employers of different sizes, and they have different rules regarding how long you have to file a claim, what procedures you must follow, etc. The best way to proceed is to bring your case to Mansell Law. Our experienced New York employment lawyers will analyze your situation and counsel you on the most appropriate agency to file your charge or complaint with.
If the government agency is unable to resolve your complaint or chooses not to pursue an action against your employer, you have the right to sue the employer in court. If successful, the court can order reinstatement with back pay, plus interest, front pay in lieu of reinstatement, and other money damages for the harm done to you. We’ll represent you before the applicable agency or in state or federal court if necessary to vindicate your rights.
Our New York City Employment Discrimination Lawyers Are Ready to Serve You
If you’ve been the victim of employment discrimination, get advice and representation from an experienced and dedicated New York employment lawyer. In New York City, call Mansell Law at 646-921-8900 for a free consultation on your claim.