NYC Workplace Disputes Attorneys For Employers
When there is a discrimination or harassment dispute going on within your workplace, it can feel like the worst is yet to happen. This is especially true if an employee or a job applicant is threatening to sue your company for discrimination, whether that discrimination is based on religion, age, sex, gender, disability, national origin, race, color, and so forth. It’s important to remember that federal and New York discrimination laws can be very specific in some cases, while unclear in others. As such, at first signs of a workplace dispute based on an individual’s discrimination claim, it’s essential to speak with a knowledgeable and experienced employment law and discrimination attorney.
At Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier, our NYC workplace dispute attorneys can help protect employers from unjustified claims of discrimination. We offer compassionate, professional, and thorough legal counsel and representation during these legally complex affairs. If there is a workplace dispute at your business due to discrimination and/or harassment, call our NYC employment law firm today at (212) 777-9400.
What is a Workplace Dispute?
When one employee comes to you or the HR department and claims that another employee is committing harassment or discrimination, then an employer has a legal duty to investigate the claim and take corrective action to eliminate the harassment or discrimination. As an employer, if you neglect harassment or discrimination claims, hesitate too long in taking corrective action (and allow the discrimination or harassment to worsen into a hostile work environment), or refuse to take action, you could be liable in a discrimination or harassment lawsuit.
The main law, often cited in discrimination cases, that forbids discrimination in the workplace is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are also specific New York civil rights laws, and the agencies that enforce anti-discrimination laws include the federal EEOC and state agencies such as the New York Division of Human Rights and the New York City Commission on Civil Rights.
According to these federal laws and state agencies, if you allow discrimination or harassment to continue in your workplace, then you may be held liable by New York or federal courts. Remember, workplace disputes can come in a variety of forms, including:
- Age discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- National origin discrimination
- Race discrimination
- Religious discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual orientation discrimination
- And so on…
If a workplace dispute arises, it is your job (as the employer) to resolve as soon and as painlessly as possible. As long as there are no undue hardships presented on your business, then you may need to make some reasonable accommodations to rectify claims of discrimination or harassment.
Defenses Against Charges of Discrimination or Harassment
Some employers will respond to a discrimination claim without consulting a lawyer first, or the employers will completely ignore the claim. When a workplace dispute has erupted due to an employee charging discrimination or harassment, taking either of the above-mentioned options is not recommended.
It’s critical to note that the initial response to a discrimination claim may ultimately affect the outcome of a case (we’ve seen it happen before). For this reason, an appropriate review and investigation of all non-discriminatory reasons for the company’s actions are key to these cases. If your company fails to document and report to the EEOC or New York civil rights agencies, regarding the full reasoning behind its actions, it might make other defenses difficult or more complicated later on.
When reviewing your charge of discrimination or harassment, our employment law attorneys may take the following actions:
- Evaluate and advise employers on any possible procedural defects with the charge
- Work with management to review the documentation to make sure that all information supports the company’s actions
- Investigate accusations of discrimination in the workplace to ensure that the company is fully able to develop and articulate defenses
- Help draft a position statement (if necessary) in response to the charges of discrimination or harassment
Call the Employment Law Attorneys at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier Today
Ideally, the employer should do everything in his/her power to resolve workplace disputes as soon as possible, and to take any charges of discrimination or harassment very seriously. Failure to do so could make your business liable for unlawful discriminatory behavior in your workplace. For this reason, you need to get the leading employment law attorneys on your side in the event of a workplace dispute.
If there is a dispute in your workplace involving claims of discrimination or harassment, make sure to call our Manhattan law firm today at (212) 777-9400. Free consultations are available.