Expert Employment Discrimination Lawyer in Rochester, NY
At Cordello Law, I am dedicated to fighting against employment discrimination and ensuring equal treatment and opportunities for all individuals in the workplace. If you have experienced discrimination based on race, gender, age, disability, or other protected characteristics, I am here to provide you with strong legal representation. Together, we will work towards holding the responsible parties accountable and seeking justice.
Employment Discrimination Services Offered at Cordello Law
Important Things You Should Know regarding Employment Discrimination
Employment Discrimination Questions & Answers
Employment discrimination in New York occurs when an employer treats an employee or job applicant unfavorably because of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. It also includes unequal treatment due to marital status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal or arrest record. Discrimination can occur in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.
If you’ve experienced employment discrimination in New York, you have the right to file a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You’re also protected from retaliation if you complain about discrimination, file a claim, or participate in an investigation or lawsuit. Furthermore, you have the right to hire an attorney to represent you and potentially seek damages through a lawsuit.
Proving employment discrimination involves showing that you are a member of a protected class, you were qualified for the job or performing satisfactorily, you experienced adverse employment action, and the action occurred under circumstances giving rise to an inference of discrimination. You can use direct evidence such as discriminatory remarks or indirect evidence such as statistics showing a pattern of discrimination. Witness testimonies, emails, or other written communications can also be crucial.
If you’ve experienced employment discrimination, you can seek various forms of damages. Economic damages can include lost wages and benefits, back pay, front pay, and job reinstatement. Non-economic damages can cover emotional distress and suffering. In some cases, you may also be awarded punitive damages, which are meant to punish the employer for particularly egregious behavior. Additionally, you can seek attorneys’ fees and court costs.
In New York, you have up to one year from the last act of discrimination to file a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights. If you choose to file with the federal EEOC, you have up to 300 days from the last act of discrimination. If you wish to file a lawsuit, the timeframe can vary, and you should consult with an attorney to ensure you meet all deadlines.