Steven Fingerhut is an employment litigation associate at Phillips & Associates. He is committed to providing vigorous representation to individuals who have suffered from employment discrimination in New York City and need an attorney to protect their rights.
Differential treatment in the workplace based on certain protected characteristics is prohibited under federal, state, and local laws. Employers may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, genetic information, sex, or sexual orientation.
One of the most important laws prohibiting employment discrimination is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It applies to businesses with 15 or more workers. No employer may take an employment action against an employee or prospective employee based on a protected characteristic. In other words, decisions about hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, or other terms of employment may not be based on race, color, national origin, or other protected traits. Harassment is also prohibited.
Harassment under Title VII is unwelcome conduct that is based on one or more of the enumerated protected characteristics. To be actionable, harassment must be severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would find hostile or in… Read More