Discrimination against an employee because of a protected classification such as race, sex, disability, national origin, age, pregnancy, or religion is illegal under federal, New York State, and New York City 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.
In addition, New York City’s anti-discrimination laws are especially broad, and protect NYC employees from additional forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, caregiver status, or citizenship status. New York City also provides stronger reasonable accommodation rights to disabled employees than is available under federal law.
It is also a potential violation of these statutes to retaliate against an employee for making a complaint of discrimination or opposing discriminatory conduct.
If you feel that you have been treated differently because of a protected classification, or because you made a discrimination complaint or opposed discrimination at work, you may be entitled to emotional distress damages, back pay, front pay, reinstatement, or other potential relief.
The Dugger Law Firm, PLLC represents New York City employees on an individual or class action basis in federal and state court, in individual administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the New York City Human Rights Commission, and in individual settlement negotiations.