Brooklyn Employment Attorneys Assist Employees Whose Rights Were Violated Throughout New York City
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New York City’s extremely competitive financial environment often puts significant pressure on employees to perform at high levels of efficiency. But while many workers accept a pressure-cooker environment as the price for living and working in the Big Apple, there are certain job conditions that no employee should accept, including discrimination, harassment and other unlawful treatment. At Brooklyn-based Rubenstein & Rynecki, our employment law attorneys fight for the rights of employees at all levels, from the rank and file to company management. We protect our clients from a variety of abuses and fight for vindication when their rights are violated. Whether you are seeking monetary damages for sexual harassment, reinstatement after a wrongful termination or a legal remedy for another workplace wrong, we are prepared to fight for the best possible outcome.
Fighting age discrimination in NYC employment
State and federal law protects workers age 40 and above from discrimination in hiring, promotion, retention or compensation. Unfortunately, many businesses that are eager to reduce costs try to separate older employees who command higher salaries in favor of younger, cheaper workers. If you have been subjected to age discrimination on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for lost pay and reinstatement to your former position.
Asserting victims’ rights in sexual harassment disputes
Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination based on sex, prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as well as New York State law. In employment, sexual harassment takes two forms:
- Quid pro quo — This Latin phrase, meaning “this for that,” describes a situation where a superior subjects an employee to unwelcome sexual advances. If the employee plays along, the boss might repay them with a promotion, a pay raise, desirable assignments or other benefits. If the employee rebuffs the advances, punishment may result, including reassignment to less favorable tasks, denial of promotions or raises, unfavorable performance reviews and even termination.
- Hostile work environment — In this situation, a workplace is pervaded with unwelcome sexual talk and/or conduct that is so severe and persistent that an employee could not reasonably be expected to perform his or her job effectively.
Regardless of the type of harassment, a company must have a mechanism in place for fielding complaints and remedying the situation. Companies that fail to do so can be liable for monetary damages and be subject to court orders to end the unlawful conduct.
The New York legislature recently extended the statute of limitations in sexual harassment cases, so employees now have three years from the latest act of harassment to file a complaint.
When is a firing wrongful termination?
Today, most employment is at will, which means either the employer or the employee can end the relationship for mostly any reason or for no reason at all. However, an employer cannot fire someone for an illegal reason, which can include:
- Filing a sexual harassment complaint
- Organizing or participating in labor activities
- Acting as a whistleblower
- Requesting family or medical leave
- Asking for a disability or pregnancy accommodation
In fact, any firing that comes because a worker has asserted a protected right is unlawful. You can even file a claim for constructive termination, which means that the unlawful mistreatment was so severe that you were forced to quit. Our attorneys can evaluate your case and help you pursue the appropriate remedy, which can include monetary damages and reinstatement with back pay.
Contact our NYC employment law firm for a consultation
Rubenstein & Rynecki represents workers in a variety of employment law disputes, including age discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. If you or a loved one has suffered unlawful treatment in the workplace, Rubenstein & Rynecki may be able to help. Call 718-522-1020 or contact us online today for a free consultation.