NYC Discrimination Lawyers Explain Discrimination Law
The New York discrimination lawyers of Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC can help you understand New York and federal laws covering employment discrimination.
Federal Discrimination Laws
Workplace discrimination law under federal statutes and regulations, also known as anti-discrimination or equal opportunity laws, has been established by acts of Congress. Federal discrimination laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees and job applicants in any aspects of employment based on age, disability, national origin, race, religion or gender.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the most significant federal discrimination laws related to employment. States are permitted to enact and enforce their own employment discrimination laws that include or, in the case of New York, expand the minimum protections afforded under federal discrimination laws.
Discrimination Law in New York City
Employment discrimination is illegal in New York City. The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the country. The Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in many areas of life including the workplace. One cannot be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, age, national origin or ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, marital status and partnership status.
In addition, the Human Rights Law covers all areas of employment including discrimination in hiring and firing as well as work assignments, salary, benefits, promotions, performance evaluations, and discipline. It also affords protection against discrimination in employment based on arrest or conviction record and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses.