Who We Are
We are a network of New York Employment lawyers with vast experience filing and trying New York Employment Law cases for various clients. Our attorneys are well-versed in the ever-changing laws that govern employment and protect workers at every level from unfair or unsafe working conditions. Federal, state and city laws can make it very confusing to understand your rights as an employee. We can help you navigate those murky waters and ensure that your right to work in a safe environment are not impinged.
What We Do
If you have any issues with severance pay, discrimination, sexual harassment, workers compensation, family leave, contract negotiation or wrongful termination, we can help. Regardless of the size of your employer’s company, we can help you regain your sense of safety and fairness in the workplace to protect your income and ensure that you can continue to work and earn a living.
Who We Represent
We represent clients who have been wrongfully terminated, discriminated against, or harassed in the workplace. We serve the greater New York area with offices throughout New York. We guide and direct them through employer disputes and work to win lost wages and income longevity when legal conflicts arise. Additionally, we assist employees in negotiating contracts, severance agreements and other legal documentation that relates to employment.
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New York Workplace Discrimination
Beginning in the 1960’s, the federal government passed anti-discrimination laws that protect employees. Under these laws, employers were barred from discriminating against individuals based on gender, race, color, religion, age or national origin. Additional laws were passed in the following decades, adding more protected classes to the discrimination umbrella of protection.
There are currently eleven different protected classes under federal law for which employment anti-discrimination laws apply. These eleven classes include race, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, military affiliation, genetic information, pregnancy, bankruptcy and citizenship.
New York extends those protections to even more classes, and removes the stipulation of employer size so that any employer is to be held accountable for adhering to these anti-discrimination policies. New York employers may not discriminate based on any of the aforementioned eleven protected classes, plus extends its protection to others regardless of sexual orientation, arrest record, domestic violence victim status and conviction record.
These classifications mean that any adverse employment action cannot be based on an employee’s membership in one of these groups. An employee may not be hired, fired, promoted, demoted, given preferential or detrimental shifts, or be paid on a different scale based on these protected classifications. If an employee is discriminated against in any way as a member of one of these classes, he or she may have cause to file an employment discrimination lawsuit or claim against his or her employer.
Sexual Harassment in the New York Workplace
Our network of employment lawyers also represents clients who have been sexually harassed in the workplace. Sexual harassment is covered under the same anti-discrimination laws established by both the federal and New York state governments. Whether you yourself have been sexually harassed, or you have witnessed sexual harassment in the workplace, you may be able to bring a claim against your employer.
The two main types of sexual harassment are Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment. Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment are situations where an employee has either been threatened with adverse employment action if they do not partake in certain sexual favors or when they have been rewarded with employment advances for performing certain sexual actions. Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment entails claims of discomfort, fear or anxiety that stem from repetitive, relentless commentary, images or actions of a sexual nature in the workplace.
Both types of sexual harassment may be charged against anyone, male or female, with the victim being of either gender as well. Sexual harassment in the workplace could come from a supervisor, manager, co-worker, underling, or even a regular customer or client of the employer.
Our Sexual Harassment lawyers have experience representing clients in both kinds of sexual harassment cases, and can help you build your case through information gathering, interviewing of witnesses and other corroborating evidence to prove your harassment case.
Whistleblower & Retaliation Cases
New York’s anti-discrimination laws specifically protect employees from being punished by employers for reporting discriminatory or harassing behaviors or from giving witness testimony to those actions in court.
Whether you are the person filing a complaint against your employer or you are giving witness corroboration to someone else’s claim, you cannot be punished by your employer. No employer may retaliate by demoting, firing, or asserting other adverse employment actions toward you or any other witness. If you have taken part in a whistleblowing report, which brings your employer under investigation, you cannot be punished or retaliated against.
Our network of sexual harassment lawyers can help you protect your right to work by safeguarding your income and employment status through whistleblower and retaliation laws.
Severance Agreements & Contracts
In addition to protecting our clients’ right to work, we also provide legal services for employment contracts, severance agreements and other employment documentation. We hope that the majority of employment exits can be handled amicably with little more than a legal agreement.
Our attorneys will review and give feedback of your severance agreement from your employer. We can offer an analysis of how your agreement compares to those in similar work sectors and with similar levels of experience. We will include recommendations for amendments or edits that ensure you are not waiving your legal rights down the line or limiting yourself too much with anti-compete clauses.
Our goal is to help our clients fully understand all possible benefits, limitation or repercussions before signing any legally-binding paperwork. Your right to work is protected by law, so the more you know about how certain contracts and agreements can affect your future opportunities, the better-equipped you will be moving forward.
How the National Employment Law Network Can Benefit You
Our national network of employment attorneys spans the country. We have lawyers from across the continent, with experience in each specific region who can help with employment law disputes, claims and questions. You may be employed remotely by an employer in a different state. Or perhaps you work in a regional office, but your employer’s headquarters is in another state, which is governed by different state laws. We use our national network of employment attorneys to get you the legal help you need, regardless of where you work or where your employer is headquartered.
Call or email our national employment law network today to begin the process. Our lawyers are available to give you a free initial consultation of your case and advise you on how to proceed. We will put you in touch with an attorney in the right area to work with you and protect your right to work. Contact us today.