When individuals in New York are interviewed, hired or terminated at a workplace, they believe that these employment decisions are based on their qualifications, experiences and work performance. However, in some unfortunate situations, employees can experience employment decisions that are not based on their qualities but rather characteristic traits that are protected by civil rights laws. Workplace discrimination could happen at any phase of employment, and it is important for employees to note that this is not legal and remedies are available to them.
Federal laws that are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ensure that there is an equal treatment of employees across the nation. In the state of New York, the State Division of Human Rights further enforces their rights. Despite having these enforcement agencies in place, discrimination in the workplace still occurs. Thus, the attorneys at Mitchell, Pollack & Associates, PLLC, are dedicated to assisting employees in the Westchester area protect these rights and take legal action.
With over 25 years of experience, our law firm understands that these claims can in all shapes and sizes. Thus, we are devoted to fully understand the specific laws that could apply to your situation. This gives us a clear picture of our client's available options. In order to initiate such a claim, it is important to detail what happened so it is clear what laws apply.
Laws aimed to prevent discrimination in the workplace that is based on race and national origin, age, disability, religion, gender and sexual orientation. If it is not clear how your situation applies to these categories, our knowledgeable attorneys can help you determine how you specific matters falls within these protected categories. Additionally, we will assess when and how often discrimination occurred. Examples of when this illegal conduct could occur are during the hiring practices, promotion and compensation, job assignments and termination. Our law firm can help assess when and how frequently you have suffered discrimination in the workplace.
To learn more, check out our workplace discrimination webpage on our site. While it is difficult to be a victim of workplace discrimination, it can often be even more challenging to take the steps to assert your rights. Employees might fear termination or retaliation; however, this should not deter an employee from taking steps to protect their rights and recover damages owed to them.