With nearly 4 million employees actively working in New York City as of June 20181, it should come as no surprise that NYC also has a high number of employment abuse and discrimination cases. In 2017 alone, there were nearly 800 employment-related complaints officially filed with the New York City Commission on Human Rights2.
However, official complaints only reflect the tip of the iceberg, because many employees do not report discrimination or abuse for fear of retaliation, lack of access to resources, or because they are not aware of their legal rights and protections. That’s why it’s so important to speak to an employment discrimination lawyer. NYC has a complex legal code, including many protections for workers that you may not be aware of and would need a lawyer’s help to take full advantage of.
Illegal Discrimination in NYC
Thanks to federal, state, and local laws, it is illegal for any NYC employer to discriminate against employees on the basis of:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Religion or creed
- Mental or physical impairment or disability
- Status as a veteran or active-duty military service member
- National origin
In addition, there are other protections that may apply depending on the specifics of a particular case. Many of these issues overlap and a single case can involve many complicated and interrelated factors. That is why you should seek professional legal counsel from a NYC employment discrimination attorney.
What Discrimination Looks Like
Discrimination can take many forms. Offensive, derogatory, and degrading remarks or jokes, unfair compensation, a heavier workload than coworkers in the same position, and being isolated from team, department, or company-wide events and meetings are just a few examples.
If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination, other kinds of abuse, or unfair practices at the hands of your employer, it is important that you contact an employment discrimination lawyer in NYC as quickly as possible. If your rights are being violated, New York City code protects your ability to reach out for legal help without the fear of retaliation. If you are retaliated against in any way, that, too, is against the law and you may be entitled to further compensation.
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