Unfortunately, many Americans have experienced workplace discrimination.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, over 91,000* people filed claims with them last year. Their historical data shows that this number has steadily increased each year since 1997.
What is protected under employment discrimination laws?
Employers throughout New York and the United States, are legally obligated to adhere to employment discrimination laws at both the state and federal level.
These laws were put in place to protect employees from being discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of:
- Military Service or Other Affiliations
- Financial health
- Genetic Information
- Citizenship Status
The laws pertaining to employee discrimination govern both public and private sector employees.
Do I have a discrimination case?
If you believe that you are being treated differently or you feel that you’re being harassed at work because of one of the protected classes mentioned above, you may have a discrimination case. Unfortunately, discrimination commonly happens behind closed doors and is covered up so it can be difficult to prove. Also, we’ve seen situations where an employer is unaware that what they are doing could be considered discrimination so, if you are unsure, contact us for a free consultation.
In general, employers can’t discriminate against employees in matters involving:
- hiring and firing;
- promotion, demotion or transfer;
- assignment or classification of employees;
- layoff, reduction in force (RIF) or forced retirement;
- job advertisements and recruitment;
- use of company facilities;
- training and apprenticeship programs;
- retirement plans, health/medical and fringe benefits; or
- disability leave and severance.
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Most employers want to avoid employment discrimination issues and they make every effort to treat their employees fairly and abide by these laws. With that in mind, if you feel that your employer is not treating you fairly or is singling you out from your co-workers because of your age, race, gender or any of the other protected classes, it’s time to hire an attorney. We will review your case for free and help you get the proper documentation in place to pursue a discrimination case if it is warranted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately employee discrimination cases often have some gray areas. We’ve worked with thousands of clients just like you to help them determine if they do have an employment discrimination case and then guide them on how to proceed. Throughout that process, many of the same questions come up. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions that you can use as a resource. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us.