Courts for Filing an Employment Law Complaint or Lawsuit in Queens, New York

You work in Queens, NY – or used to work in Queens – and you need to file an employment-related lawsuit or administrative claim. Where do you go? How do you proceed? Generally, you’ll file a complaint in the same district where you worked. So, if you worked in Queens, you’ll file a lawsuit in Queens. But, with so many legal options available to you, you might feel overwhelmed by how to actually proceed with your case. There are many exceptions you should discuss with a lawyer.

If you were the victim of employment discrimination or harassment in New York, your first stop is the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC. Our team of sexual harassment lawyers and discrimination attorneys are licensed to practice throughout New York State, including the five New York City boroughs. Additionally, we represent clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Our employment law attorneys handle cases involving:

  • Employment discrimination, including discrimination based on age, sex, race, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and more
  • Sexual harassment
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Severance agreements
  • Employment contracts
  • Wrongful termination and retaliation
  • Whistleblowing

For more information, schedule a free consultation with a skilled attorney at the Derek Smith Law Group. Our office is conveniently located in the Financial District in Manhattan, New York.

Queens County Supreme Civil Court

If you were employed in Queens and your employer violated state laws, you and your attorney may bring your case to the Queens County Supreme Civil Court, located in Jamaica, Queens.

Examples of cases you might bring to the State Civil Court include a sexual harassment claim, a discrimination claim, or a wrongful termination lawsuit. Ask your lawyer about whether or not your employer violated New York State law.

The Queens County Supreme Civil Court facility is located at: 

89-17 Sutphin Boulevard (at 89th Avenue)

Jamaica, NY 11435

Civil Court Contact Information and Directions

Phone: (718) 298-1000

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Security: Visitors must pass through a magnetometer prior to entering the court.

Directions: Courthouse is located on Sutphin Blvd. between 88th & 89th Aves., approximately 1/4 mile east of Van Wyck Expressway/Hillside Avenue intersection. Take Hillside Ave. or Jamaica Ave. to Sutphin Blvd.

Public Transportation: 

Subway: E, F or J train to Sutphin Blvd. station
Bus: Q40, Q43 or Q44 bus to Sutphin Boulevard; OR Q9, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q54, Q56 bus to Jamaica Avenue
Train: LIRR to Jamaica Station, courthouse is 3-4 blocks north.

Federal Court in Queens

If your employer violated a federal law, such as Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you may take your case to federal court. Queens is located within the Eastern District. The courthouse is located in the Brooklyn borough.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York is located at:

225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Federal Court Contact Information and Directions

Tel: (718) 613-2600

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Directions: The main courthouse, located at 225 Cadman Plaza East, is in the civic center of Brooklyn and is directly adjacent to Brooklyn Heights. You can take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to exit 28A to find the courthouse.

Public Transportation: The following NYC subway lines stop in the vicinity of the Courthouse. The 2 and 3 trains stop at Borough Hall and Clark Street. The numbers 4, 5 and the M and R stop at Court Street/Borough hall. The A, C and F trains stop at Jay Street/Borough Hall. The A and C trains also stop a High Street. However, since this is not a very populous station, it is not recommended.

The following lines stop in Downtown Brooklyn: B25, B26, B38, B41, B45,  B52, B54, B61, B65, B67, B69, B103.

New York EEOC District Office

To file an administrative claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, you need to go to the New York District office. The district office is located in Manhattan.

Before you file a lawsuit in federal court, you need to take your case to the EEOC first. The EEOC handles cases that violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act – in other words, they deal with claims involving employment discrimination that violate federal law. Most employers with 15 or more employees are covered by the EEOC.

The New York EEOC District Office is located at:

33 Whitehall Street, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10004

EEOC Office Contact Information

Phone:  1-800-669-4000

Fax:     212-336-3790

TTY:    1-800-669-6820

Director: Kevin J. Berry

Regional Attorney: Robert Rose

Office Hours:  The New York District Office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Intake hours are Monday – Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00 pm.

Speak with a Queen discrimination lawyer for more information

Victims of employment discrimination and harassment are encouraged to seek legal counsel to learn more about their rights. The Derek Smith Law Group houses a team of highly qualified, passionate attorneys who demand justice for their clients. To schedule your free initial consultation, call our firm today at 877-4NYLAWS. We accept no upfront fee and we only get paid if an attorney successfully recovers compensation on your behalf.

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