Assertive Advocacy For Workplace Discrimination Cases
The past decade has seen many changes when it comes to awareness of workplace discrimination and retaliation. Unfortunately, illegal discrimination is still very much an issue and has a devastating impact on employees, performance, quality of work and mental health. Whether you are an employer or an employee, you need an assertive legal advocate to fight for your rights.
At Saluck, Halper & Lehrman, we have been helping both employers and employees in the New York City metropolitan area for decades. Each of our skilled attorneys has over 25 years of legal experience, and all are accomplished litigators, ready to fight for you. Whether your legal matter involves discrimination based on gender, race, disability or some other status, we are here to help you find a resolution.
Understanding Protected Groups
Both federal and state laws prohibit discrimination based on protected groups of people. In New York, employers cannot discriminate against employees based on:
- Sex or gender, including pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity
- Race, color, ethnicity or nationality
- Disability, both physical and mental
- Age (40 and over)
- Marital and family status
These are just a few of the many protected groups in New York. In addition, employers cannot retaliate against an employee who acts as a whistleblower for illegal activity happening in the workplace or an employee who reports a discrimination claim. Retaliation can take many forms, including demotion, cutting hours, harassment or termination.
Our Range Of Services
Workplace discrimination and retaliation continue to be relevant in our progressing society, and employers must be aware of possible issues in their workplaces at all times. Our firm stays vigilant with these matters and represents clients on a wide range of cases, including:
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful termination
- Whistleblower claims
- Employee grievances
- Retaliation claims
Saluck, Halper & Lehrman represents both employees and employers on these difficult issues. No matter which side you are on, we can help you understand the law, the process and what you can expect throughout your case.
These cases are very difficult, and documenting claims is complicated. Finding proof of wrongdoing can be a challenge, but we have a strong record of successful results on both sides. Due to the difficulty of these lawsuits, many people choose to settle so that they can move on with their lives.
In addition to representing employees in these suits, we also help companies prepare documents and set company policies that help them stay on the right side of the law. Employers with systems that show they are trying to uphold the law fare better in discrimination lawsuits. Companies that fail to take precautions can face much more difficulty in a discrimination lawsuit.
Claims Involving Female Employees
An entire group of claims involve employment issues that commonly impact women. These include, but are not limited to:
- Equal pay – Unfortunately, we still have ground to cover as a country to reach pay equity.
- Sexual harassment – This includes behavior that creates a hostile work environment and can range from derogatory comments to physical assault.
- Pregnancy discrimination – State and federal law specifically protects pregnant women and new mothers.
- Gender discrimination – This is not limited to women, though female-identifying workers tend to face the most discrimination.
Some people have a misconception that sexual harassment must involve a quid pro quo for sexual favors. The law only requires, however, that the employer allows a hostile work environment for certain employees based on their gender. This can include jokes, comments, unwanted touching or solicitation for a romantic or sexual relationship. Employers must take firm action when they learn of such behavior in order to protect their employees and their own liability.
Find Out More In A Free Consultation
To find out more, schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers. We will take the time to go through your case and give you an honest assessment of what you can expect from the process. We have offices located in White Plains, New York, and Westport, Connecticut. You can call us at 914-247-0825 or send us an online message.