New York Discrimination Attorneys and Resources
Discrimination at work violates your rights. Workplace discrimination is illegal, whether it targets your race, gender, national origin, age, disability status, or another protected status.
New York City offers some of the strongest workplace discrimination protections in the country. If you experience discrimination at work, contact an employment lawyer for a free consultation today.
Know Your Rights
Workplace discrimination is a serious offense. Discrimination at work can take place during the hiring process if a company refuses to hire a potential employee because they are a member of a protected class. It can also happen after being hired. Discrimination may keep an employee from getting a promotion or result in wrongful termination. Employees who complain about discrimination may also face illegal retaliation.
Everyone deserves a workplace free from discrimination. Federal, state, and local laws protect employees from discrimination at work.
What is workplace discrimination?
Workplace discrimination means treating a job applicant or employee less favorably because of their race, gender, religion, age, disability status, or other protected characteristics. Discriminating against someone because they belong to a protected class violates the law.
Discrimination laws also protect employees from hostile work environments. Offensive conduct or comments that attack a protected group violate employees’ rights. Employers have a responsibility to provide a workplace free from harassment. Targeting protected groups in the workplace violates federal, state, and New York City laws.
What are the Protected Classes?
Discrimination laws protect specific groups of people. Federal laws protect employees from discrimination based on their race, gender, religion, disability status, national origin, and age. New York State and New York City provide additional protections.
Read more about discrimination protections for these groups:
- Race Discrimination
- Gender Discrimination
- Religious Discrimination
- Age Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- National Origin Discrimination
- LGBT Discrimination
New York City laws cover additional groups. Contact an employment lawyer for a free consultation to learn about your legal protections.
New York Discrimination Laws
In New York, discrimination laws provide broader protections than under federal law. For example, New York City law covers age discrimination against employees of any age. Federal law, by contrast, only covers employees who are 40 years old or older. New York City employees can sue for age discrimination if they did not receive a promotion because they looked “too young,” for instance.
New York’s laws provide additional protections based on caregiver status, marital status, gender identity, and more. A New York employment lawyer can determine whether you have a case.
Discrimination and Hostile Work Environments
Employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their membership in a protected class. These laws also ban hostile work environments.
Supervisors or co-workers can create a hostile work environment by targeting a protected class through their actions or behaviors. This qualifies as a form of discrimination when it affects employees’ ability to complete their work. Employers may be liable for hostile work environments if they do not stop the offensive conduct or if they reasonably should have known about the hostile environment.
Employees do not have to be a member of the targeted group to file a hostile work environment lawsuit. If discriminatory conduct makes it hard to do your job, you may have a claim.
Workplace Discrimination and Retaliation
Workplace discrimination laws also protect employees who speak up about discrimination. If you file a complaint about discriminatory conduct, participate in a workplace discrimination investigation, or testify in a discrimination suit, these laws offer protections. The law considers these protected activities.
Employers cannot retaliate against employees who engage in protected activities. For example, your employer cannot fire you for complaining about workplace discrimination. The company cannot demote you, cut your pay, or otherwise penalize you for participating in a discrimination lawsuit.
Workplace retaliation laws also protect employees who complain about sexual harassment or hostile work environments.
How to Prove Workplace Discrimination
If you face discrimination at work, you should keep detailed records. Keep emails, pictures, or statements about the offensive behavior. Write down the time and location of any harassment, plus the names of all witnesses. Make any reports to your boss or human resources in writing, so that you have a copy. Also make notes about whatever actions your company takes in response to your complaint. Keep these records at home, not at work.
During a workplace discrimination lawsuit, these documents help prove your case. A discrimination lawyer can help you prove discrimination in the workplace and recover lost wages, damages to compensate for your emotional distress, and punitive damages.
Filing a Workplace Discrimination Lawsuit
Victims of workplace discrimination have rights. You can file a lawsuit against your employer, former employer, or potential employer. An employment lawyer can help you gather evidence, file a lawsuit, and protect your rights. Charles Joseph offers free, confidential consultations to discuss your discrimination case.
You can also learn more about how to file a discrimination claim in New York.