Discrimination

New York City Employment Discrimination Attorney

Unlawful discrimination occurs when an employer makes an adverse employment decision based on characteristics protected by law, such as age, race and gender to name just a few. Adverse employment decisions include things like being denied a job, being passed over for a promotion, being denied a raise or bonus, and being fired. Lipsky Lowe works with employers and employees alike to prevent and remedy discrimination in the workplace.

What do anti-discrimination laws cover?

According to federal, New York State, New York City and/or New Jersey laws, employment discrimination based on any of the following is illegal:

  • Age
  • Race or skin color
  • Gender, gender identity and transgender status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • Military Service
  • Genetic information
  • Caregiver status (e.g. being a parent)

While it is entirely lawful to show favoritism to one person over another, it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on any of the above categories. In other words, an employer can pay employees different wages or promote one and not the other, as long as that decision is not based on any of the above characteristics, but rather on the particular abilities or talents of the employee chosen.

What Constitutes Discrimination

If you are being discriminated against in any of the following ways, our attorneys are here to defend your rights.

  • Not being hired although highly qualified for the job
  • Being unfairly disciplined, treated badly, or harassed
  • Being wrongfully terminated
  • Being paid less than others doing the same work
  • Not being given equal training opportunities or job assignments
  • Not being provided with opportunities for advancement or promotion
  • Being segregated from other employees

Discrimination is not always easy to prove. This is why you need our skilled employment attorneys to fight for you. Put the strength of Lipsky Lowe in your corner.

Differences Between Discrimination and Harassment?

While often talked about as if they are the same, discrimination and harassment are different. A company is discriminating if it makes employment-related decisions based on a characteristic of the employee protected by law, or if it has an otherwise neutral policy that has an unequal or disparate impact on those protected by law. An obvious example would be a company refusing to hire or promote an individual because he is Muslim, or because she has a disability.

Harassment, on the other hand may consist of slurs, insults, taunts, inappropriate jokes, displays of offensive images or symbols of hatred. In many cases, an employee is both harassed and discriminated against. Either behavior pattern makes the workplace toxic — and not only for the targeted party. It is appropriate to speak up if there is harassment in the workplace even if you are not the target of it: for example, if you hear racist banter and you are white.

Discrimination in the Workplace Is Illegal

If you have been the victim of discrimination in New York or New Jersey, you should contact our offices as soon as possible. We are experienced in all aspects of of the anti-discrimination laws, including:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • New York State Human Rights Law
  • New York City Human Rights Law
  • The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Age Discrimination Act
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act

Our attorneys are eager to help you obtain a fair resolution, whether through our negotiation of a settlement or through courtroom litigation. Get in touch with Lipsky Lowe for a consultation. With Lipsky Lowe, you have strength in your corner.

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