Discrimination in the workplace can take on many forms. Some are easy to recognize, but others may not be immediately noticeable. Employment protection laws were created during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's to protect employees from workplace discrimination. Employees have the right to work in a safe, harassment-free environment that is free of discrimination.
Workplace discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion is not tolerated in New York. Employees have the right to work in a workplace free from all types of discrimination. A worker who has experienced workplace discrimination can take advantage of the law to ensure that the same incident does not happen again. Doing so also promotes awareness that anyone can be a victim of discrimination and employers as well as co-workers can be held liable if the discrimination is proven.
As some New York residents know firsthand, there are a few things worse than being harassed for who you are. Unfortunately, some people are forced to endure this not only from people they don't know, but from people they work with as well. Even though most workplaces today have policies in place to prevent harassment and discrimination, it still happens. Fortunately, as the case in one New York situation, some employers take incidents of workplace discrimination very seriously.