Workplace Discrimination

Many Federal and State Laws, as well as New York City laws, prohibit discrimination in the workplace and entitle employees to certain protections.

Federal laws addressing discrimination include:

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin and other characteristics illegal.
  • In 1990, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted to add protections for people with disabilities from discrimination in employment.
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects employees over the age of 40 from discrimination.
  • The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members actively serving in the National Guard and Reserve components of the U.S. armed forces.

New York City Human Rights Law

Employees working in NYC are entitled to the protection of the New York City Human Rights Law, which is set out in the Administrative Code of the City of New York, Title 8. This is a very powerful and effective law which applies to businesses with 4 or more employees. It is more favorable to employees than any of the other state or federal laws, and it does not require going through any administrative process, like the EEOC (Equal Opportunity Employment Commission) before going to Court. For people who work in the City and have been victims of discrimination, this law is the most powerful weapon in the Employment Lawyer’s arsenal.

New York State Human Rights Law

New York State’s comprehensive antidiscrimination statute is known as the New York State Human Rights Law. It is an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for an employer “to refuse to hire or employ or to bar or to discharge from employment” or “to discriminate against an individual in compensation or in terms of conditions or privileges of employment” because of an individual’s disability, age, race, creed, color or marital status.

The attorneys at the NYC Law Offices of William Cafaro provide legal services to protect the rights of individuals and groups of individuals whose employers have discriminated against them.

Get a Free Case Evaluation

If you believe your employer or prospective employer has unlawfully discriminated against you or if you have not been properly paid for your overtime hours, an experienced employment law attorney can provide legal advice and guidance to protect your rights in the workplace. Call the Law Offices of William Cafaro at (212) 583-7400 to arrange a confidential consultation. There is no charge to speak with one of our attorneys to find out if you have grounds for discrimination or a wage and hour claim.

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