Most people already know that it’s illegal for employers to discriminate in any way against employees. This means you cannot be denied employment or promotion because of your race, sexual orientation, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin or religion. If you are being persecuted because you are pregnant or disabled, the law won’t tolerate that behavior either.
What most people don’t realize is that discrimination doesn’t have to be obvious or overt. For example, if you perceive that you are being passed over for a promotion because of your age or other protected status, you may be able to file a discrimination lawsuit against your employer.
Additionally, the discriminatory behavior doesn’t have to come from a direct superior. If a colleague is sexually harassing you or a vendor, a delivery boy, for example, is making comments about your sexual orientation, you may be covered by New York’s strict anti-discrimination laws.
Here are some examples of common types of discrimination that should never be tolerated in the workplace or anywhere else:
Race Discrimination: including making ethnic slurs, jokes or comments about cultural habits.
Gender Discrimination: including when a male supervisor calls female workers “girls” or “broads” or when a woman is asked during a job interview about their intention of starting a family
National Origin Discrimination: including harassment regarding someone’s accent or their style of dress
Religion Discrimination: including an employer’s refusal to accommodate reasonable religious practice such as granting a Jewish person’s wish to wear a yarmulke (skullcap) in the office or requiring a Jehovah’s Witness employee to celebrate a co-worker’s birthday
Age Discrimination: including conducting a layoff of all employees over a certain age or forcing early retirement
Pregnancy Discrimination: including when the employer sponsored health plan excludes maternity coverage or forcing an employee to take maternity leave even though they are still able to perform their job duties
Disability Discrimination: including refusal on the part of the employer to make accommodations required by the disabled employed to enable them to perform their job
If you or someone you love feels uncomfortable or fearful at work because of discriminatory behavior. Contact the aggressive lawyer from Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza today about your case. We won’t tolerate any type of discrimination in the workplace and we will fight for maximum compensation for you.