The relationship between employee and employer is one of the longest enduring in history. It can also be one of the most complicated.
Under New York law employment is “at will,” which means New York employers can fire or penalize an employee for many reasons that seem unfair or arbitrary. But that does not mean that New York employers may operate without limits.
Discrimination against an employee because of a protected classification such as race, sex, national origin, age, or religion is illegal under federal, state, and local laws. If an employer fires or mistreats an employee because of one of these protected classifications the employer is potentially in violation of these civil rights laws. New York State and New York City also provide additional anti-discrimination protections, including prohibiting discrimination against employees because of their sexual orientation.
If you feel that you have been treated differently because of a protected classification you may have a claim for employment discrimination and may be entitled to back pay and other relief.
The Dugger Law Firm, PLLC assists employees with charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), represents employees in negotiations concerning allegations of employer discrimination, and represents employees alleging discrimination in state and federal court on an individual and class action basis.