Recent Blog Posts

What Relief is Available to Discriminated and Harassed Workers?

What relief is available to victims of sexual harassment or employment discrimination is often the most important issue to workers in New York who have suffered on the job harassment or discrimination. If you have experienced this type of treatment, the semantics and particularities of employment law litigation are probably not very important to you…. Read more »

Discrimination at the Employment Agency

Perhaps due to the struggling job market or the tendency of company’s to contract out functions they would have previously done in house, the participation of employment agencies in the job market has exploded in recent years. These companies recruit and provide temporary personnel to businesses in exchange for a fee. Because these organizations do… Read more »

What to Do When You Want to File a Workplace Discrimination Claim

If you are an employee or job applicant and you believe that you are the victim of discrimination in the workplace or you have been the target of unlawful discrimination, It’s important to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC). However, remember that it is also illegal to discriminate against people because they… Read more »

What Does the Federal GINA Law Do?

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or GINA, represents the latest addition of the types of employment discrimination protections available under federal law. This law prevents employers, among others, from discriminating against individuals in hiring, firing or the terms or conditions of employment based upon a genetic predisposition to certain health conditions. Congress passed the Genetic… Read more »

Race Discrimination Still Prevalent in New York

Unfortunately, race discrimination is alive and well in New York City. After the attack on the World Trade Center, bias-related incidents occurred, particularly in regard to the Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities. Under the New York City Human Rights Law, discrimination due to ethnicity or national origin is clearly illegal. As a protected class,… Read more »

Taking a Step Forward: Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law in New York

Last year, as four times previously, the New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). And, just like the last four times the Assembly passed GENDA over the past decade — an anti-discrimination law that would add “gender identity and expression” to the existing New York State Human Rights Law — the… Read more »

What to do if your employer treats you differently as a result of your pregnancy?

to protect your rights as a pregnant employee. Generally, we think of pregnancy discrimination as occurring when women face harassment or ridicule because of a pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. But given the broad scope of federal, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania state and local laws prohibiting pregnancy discrimination, it is important to consider what… Read more »

Fake Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel made headlines this past week when an absurd sex harassment lawsuit filed against him was made public. On May 16th, 2014, a Florida district court accepted a $25 million sexual harassment lawsuit against Manziel, allegedly filed by HLN contributor Samantha Schacher. It is now confirmed by Schacher herself that the… Read more »

Protected Classes Under Employment Law

A “protected class” is a category set by federal, state, and local laws that provide protections for employees against discrimination. These categories cover many characteristics including race, religion, sex/gender, national origin, disability, age, and many more. What Are Protected Classes Under New York State and City Law? Age (18 and older); Genetic characteristics; Marital status;… Read more »

“Protected Classes” Under NYC Discrimination Law

Discrimination can prevent you from getting the job you want or from moving to the neighborhood that’s on the top of your list. In New York City, residents are protected by a long-standing law that’s been in effect since 1965 to prevent discrimination against specific groups called “protected classes.” You can’t be denied a taxi… Read more »