Gender Discrimination in New York
Gender discrimination in New York can take a variety of forms, including direct or indirect discrimination in hiring, discipline, or other terms and conditions of employment. Gender discrimination can involve unfair treatment of a specific gender in the workplace as well as facially neutral policies that have a disparate impact on a specific gender. Because even well meaning employers can inadvertently engage in discrimination, it is important to be informed and have reliable legal counsel.
Discrimination can also take the form of sexual harassment—unwelcome sexual advancements, comments, and physical contact in the workplace that is so pervasive or severe that it creates a hostile work environment. While female employees are typically the focus of gender discrimination and sexual harassment, men can also be victims. The New York gender discrimination attorneys at The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC can help you determine if gender discrimination or sexual harassment has taken place and provide legal advice as how to proceed with or defend against a possible legal claim.
Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination Laws
New York City, state and the federal government all have laws prohibiting gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Right Law prohibit discrimination and harassment based on gender. Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 also prohibits gender-based discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) prohibits gender discrimination in the form of unequal pay for equal work.
These laws allow victims of gender discrimination or sexual harassment to pursue administrative complaints against employers through government agencies—including the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights—or civil action in a New York or federal court.
While all these laws prohibiting gender discrimination and sexual harassment are in place, it does still occur in the workplace. Employers must be mindful of the behavior of their employees, managers, supervisors, and even clients to avoid the financial and public relations consequences that allegations of sexual harassment can bring. With the help of an experienced New York gender discrimination lawyers, employers can put into place internal policies and reporting procedures that affirm their commitment to a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace and help avoid liability under state and federal laws.
If you feel you have been the target of gender discrimination or sexual harassment or if your business is facing a claim of gender discrimination or sexual harassment, it is important to seek our New York discrimination attorneys. We can help you understand your rights and obligations under federal and state laws.
Contact The Watanabe Law Firm today
Call The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC today at 212-486-7005 or contact us by e-mail to discuss your potential New York gender discrimination or sexual harassment claim or to seek legal advice for your business concerning allegations of discrimination or preventing discrimination in the future.