If you’ve been discriminated against on the basis of your gender, race, sexual or religious orientation, or income level, you may be eligible for compensation in a discrimination lawsuit. Discrimination cases generally present unique sets of facts and circumstances. But many are based on federal laws.
You can hire a White Plains employment lawyer to represent you in a discrimination claim. An employment lawyer will find out the common laws that are violated in your case. The lawyer will find out how your unique situation relates to the applicable laws. And then the lawyer will prepare your claim mentioning the laws that have been violated in your case.
We will now look into the common laws that are usually cited in discrimination claims in White Plains.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
This act covers discrimination against employees in the form of employment, job opportunities and promotions, compensation, and work assignments. The law also covers employers who pay workers less than they deserve based on their age, race, color, religion, or national origin.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
This law prohibits companies from treating people differently because of their age. It also prohibits an employer from taking adverse actions against a worker because the worker has reached his retirement age or voluntarily left his or her position. Under this law, the employer may not impose age limits in hiring or annual or lifetime caps on the wages and benefits that employers can pay.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Under this act, discrimination against a person based on his disease or disability is prohibited. An employer cannot refuse to hire a person who is disabled or treat an employee differently because of the disability. The employer cannot fire a worker because of the disability either.
Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA)
This law prohibits companies from retaliating against an employee who has reported the company’s activities in violation of federal laws. For example, an employee who reports the employer for violating safety standards or refusing to pay overtime wages cannot be treated unfairly by his or her employers.
New York State Human Rights Law
This law extends the anti-discrimination protections for all New Yorkers. In addition to federal laws, it forbids discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and financial credit based on a person’s gender, race, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation.