Anyone can understand why they might get held back in their career because of poor performance. But when people are held back and denied opportunities over things unrelated to that, it could be grounds for an employment discrimination lawsuit.
Find out if you’re in this situation by calling our White Plains employment discrimination attorneys at Morelli Law Firm. We can take you through the formal procedures of filing an employment discrimination lawsuit and help you get compensation for what you’ve experienced.
Compensation in Employment Discrimination Cases
The law allows people who prevail in employment discrimination cases to gain compensation for several damages. Among the damages you could receive include:
- Front and back pay
- Legal fees
- Costs associated with finding a new job
- Medical bills related to mental trauma from your experience
- Pain and suffering, and other non-economic damages
Additionally, you could receive legal protections from further retaliation if you choose to go back to your old position. Also, the EEOC and the New York Department of Labor may choose to issue their own penalties against your other employer for failing to prevent employment discrimination.
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There Are Many Types of Employment Discrimination
There are many types of people, or “classes”, that have protection from discrimination by law. Some of these are defined on the federal level, and New York has some extra classes of their own. Most employees will belong to at least a few of these classes.
Discriminatory actions in the workplace keep you from opportunity, advancement, and equal pay and benefits. These can be justified if it’s a matter of experience or capacity or position. However, if the reason for discriminating is that you belong to a protected class, that is illegal, and you can seek compensation.
Some of the protected classes include:
- Race and color
- Veteran’s status
There are also some narrowly defined exceptions where it is possible to discriminate based on these categories. The surest way to know if you’ve experienced employee discrimination is to speak with one of our employment discrimination lawyers in White Plains about what happened.
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Protection From Harassment
Another form of employment discrimination is harassment or improper questions about your class. Sexual harassment is a well-known form of employment discrimination that affects many women at some point in their career. But there are other types of unlawful workplace harassment.
Workplaces should not make you feel uncomfortable because you belong to a protected class. They must also make accommodations for your class, should they be necessary, to help you work equally to your peers and prevent further injury.
This is most important for people with disabilities. Should these be denied, that also opens up opportunities for an employment discrimination lawsuit.
Prerequisites for Filing an Employment Discrimination Lawsuit
In order to have the best chance of winning your employment discrimination lawsuit, there are some steps that must be taken. We need to get the permission of the EEOC or the New York Department of Labor to proceed through filing a formal complaint.
They will do an investigation and find out if you have a claim or not. If they do, or if they take too long to investigate, we can get a right-to-sue letter from them and proceed with the lawsuit. If you don’t, we may need to get more evidence.
Also, you may need to go through your company’s formal channels of complaint before you approach the EEOC. This may mean telling your manager or the HR in your company about the complaint. If you go through the formal channels and they retaliate against you, this is illegal and our lawyers will be very interested in hearing the details.
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Have you faced employment discrimination and want to sue someone about it? Let Morelli Law guide you through the process and be your advocate for justice. No one should face discrimination in the workplace, no matter what protected class they’re in.
To get started speaking to a White Plains employment discrimination attorney, call us at the number at the top of the page, or contact us through our case evaluation form. We look forward to helping you put a stop to the discrimination you face.