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Employment Discrimination: The Basics

Under both New York and federal law, you, as an employee, are protected from unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Essentially, this means your employer cannot take any adverse employment action against you simply because of your race, sexual orientation, religion, age, sex, national origin or disability. In addition, these laws also protect you from retaliation if you make a complaint to your employer regarding discriminatory conduct in the workplace or otherwise blow the whistle on your employer’s unlawful acts.

So, you may be asking, what exactly is an adverse employment action? Simply put, it is any action by your employer that may impact your job in a negative way, and may include:

  • Wrongful discharge, termination or lay off
  • Wrongful retaliation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination based on age, race, sexual orientation, sex, religion, disability or national origin
  • Suspension
  • Refusal to hire
  • Demotion
  • Denial of a promotion
  • Pay reduction
  • Undeserved or unequal discipline
  • Negative performance review
  • Unwanted or negative shift change or transfer

Ultimately, however, each type of discrimination is unique and may involve different laws and procedures, which is why it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible to learn what your rights and legal options may be.

Dedicated Legal Guidance

If you believe you are the victim of unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation in the workplace and need to speak to an experienced employment lawyer, contact Gash & Associates, P.C. We will carefully investigate your claims and help you determine what legal recourse, if any, is available. From start to finish, we will guide you through this often-complex legal process and help ensure your rights are protected along the way.

Schedule a consultation today by calling (914) 505-6779 or toll free at 866-GASHLAW. You can also email us online. From our office in White Plains, we help clients throughout New York City and the Tri-state area. Proving employment discrimination can be difficult, so contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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