If you think you or a loved one have experienced discrimination in any way, shape, or form we've got your back! Patrick Sorsby is an experienced discrimination lawyer and has proudly represented residents of Schenectady, New York for nearly a decade.
How Do I know If I'm Being Discriminated Against?
Discrimination may take many forms and does not have to be intentional to be illegal. Generally, there are two types of discrimination that the law prohibits: Disparate Treatment occurs when an employer treats an applicant or employee less favorably than others who are similarly situated, and the different treatment is because of the person's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Disparate Impact occurs when an employer has policies or practices that appear fair and are fairly applied but have a negative impact on members of a particular sex, race or ethnic group, indidivuals with disabilities, or other protected group.
What Are My Rights?
You have the right to work in an environment free of discrimination. You cannot be denied employment, harassed, demoted, terminated, paid less, or treated less favorably because of your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. You also have the right to discuss, disclose, or inquire about your pay, the pay of your co-workers, and the pay offered to job applicants.
What Can I Do If I Experience Discrimination?
When faced with any type of discrimination or harassment it can be extremely beneficial to keep good documentation of your experience and to consult with an experienced discrimination lawyer at your earliest convenience. You can contact us today for a free case review by an experienced discrimination attorney by calling: (518) 456-4529
Employers are liable for discrimination when they make employment decisions based on an individual's characteristics. These violations can be disguised as layoffs, cutbacks, and more.
Do I Have a Discrimination Claim?
There are many protected characteristics under federal and state law which protect against discrimination. In New York the most common that give rise to legal claims are:
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We recently represented a client who was harassed by her former assistant manager. The assistant manager had a history of discriminatory animus toward his female employees. When they complained to the manager he did nothing.
We requested a jury trial and sought back pay, interest, fees and compensatory and punitive damages for our client.
We also asked that damages be awarded so as to maximize the sum our client receives, by awarding punitive damages under federal law and compensatory damages under state law, because under New York state law there is no cap on compensatory damages in sexual discrimination cases, but punitive damages are not recoverable. Read more >
Navigating the criteria to pursue a discrimination claim can be intimidating and confusing. If you are scared or unsure of your right to claim compensation and to correct offending activities, please review our site and then contact The Law Office of Patrick Sorsby PLLC today for a free consultation. We are experienced discrimination attorneys who will clearly explain your rights under the law and have proudly represented residents of Schenectady, New York for nearly a decade. You can call us at (518) 456-4529 in New York.