NYC Racial Discrimination Attorney
New York City was founded on diversity, and in offices, shops, and other businesses across the city, we New Yorkers take pride in our celebration of diversity. Sadly, racial discrimination is still a major issue throughout the United States as well as right here in New York City. Racial discrimination in businesses in New York is illegal and punishable by civil action. In fact, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law, says that employers cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of race, as well as other factors, such as color, sex, gender, disability, national origin, religion, and others.
As such, if you were discriminated against and you want to pursue legal action, you’ll need to get a lawyer with not only experience, but also in-depth knowledge of federal and New York civil rights and employment laws. At Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier, our NYC racial discrimination attorney can help you through this difficult and legally complex time. We provide compassionate, one-on-one legal consultations to help devise the right solutions for your case, and we’ll vigorously represent you and your interests in New York civil courts.
Racial discrimination in the workplace is unlawful in the United States, and if you’ve been discriminated against, don’t remain silent; speak up and contact the NYC racial discrimination attorneys at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier today! Free consultations are available by dialing (212) 777-9400.
Racial Discrimination Laws and Protections in New York
Race-based discrimination can take many forms; it can be privately subtle and it can be shamelessly public, from inappropriate remarks in the office to offense ethnic slurs to firing an employee because of his/her race. To dramatically reduce discrimination in NYC workplaces, as well as throughout the New York State, there are many laws and regulations designed to protect employees from discrimination. Some of these laws and protections include:
- Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits discrimination based on race and color. Although this statue dates back to the period immediately after the Civil War, this statute is often cited in workplace discrimination cases.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also seeks to protect workers by outlawing race, color, and national origin discrimination.
When looking to file a lawsuit due to racial discrimination in your workplace, it’s essential to speak with an attorney to determine where it is best to file your claim. Remember, there are several agencies that exist for individuals to file their racial discrimination claims. These agencies include:
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: This agency was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prevent discrimination in the workplace. This federal agency also investigates claims. Before you’re able to sue an employer, you may need the EEOC to give you a “right to sue” letter.
- New York State Division of Human Rights: This agency enforces New York State discrimination laws, and to file your case with this agency, you will need to go to state courts.
- New York City Commission on Civil Rights: This NYC agency protects workers that are employed in the city. Before filing a legal claim, you must exercise all administrative avenues to resolve the issue.
What Constitutes Racial Discrimination?
According to the EEOC, racial discrimination occurs when an employer (or potential employer) treats an employee (or applicant) unfavorably based on the employee’s race or because of personal characteristics associated with race. The federal and state anti-discrimination laws forbid any form of racial discrimination as it applies to the following:
- Job assignments
- Fringe benefits
- And any other term or condition of employment
It is also important to note that harassment can be a form of racial discrimination, and harassment is illegal according to federal and state laws. Harassment can include:
- Racial slurs
- Offensive or derogatory remarks about a person’s race or color
- Displaying racially-offensive symbols
Contact the Race Discrimination Lawyers at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier Today
If you were the victim of racial discrimination, and possibly suffered an adverse employment action, you need to seek expert legal help as soon as possible. At Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier in NYC, we have extensive experience in many employment law cases, including discrimination cases. We understand the wide variety legal solutions that are available to you, and we can help provide legal counsel to make sure that your claim is as effective as possible. By speaking up against discrimination in NYC workplaces, you can help reduce instances of discrimination elsewhere while recovering financial damages that you incurred.
For a free, no-obligation with the NYC racial discrimination attorneys at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier, call our Manhattan office today at (212) 777-9400.