Employers break the law when they treat workers or job applicants unfavorably due to their skin color, physical features or other personal characteristics associated with race. The attorneys at Conover Law Offices advocate on behalf of people in the New York area who have suffered racial discrimination in the workplace. We take a hard stance against discriminatory employers. If you were harassed, denied employment or benefits, passed up for a promotion, paid unfairly or otherwise singled out for unfair treatment because of your race, ethnicity or color, we will fight to hold your employer accountable.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin. Unfortunately, race-based discrimination and harassment still occur every day, in every type of industry. Discrimination may exist in the form of unfair actions or policies related to:
- Hiring, promotion and discipline — Employers may act illegally by only hiring, promoting or retaining workers of the same race or color, by requiring applicants to have certain qualifications or backgrounds that are irrelevant to the job, or by unevenly disciplining employees of different ethnic backgrounds.
- Pay and benefits — It is illegal for employers to determine a worker’s compensation or benefits based on their race or color. If you were paid less or offered lesser benefits than your coworkers of another race, your employer may have violated the law.
- Harassment — Racial slurs, lewd or derogatory comments, the use of racial stereotypes and the display of racially offensive symbols cannot be tolerated in the workplace. When offensive behavior is frequent or severe enough to cause a hostile working environment or to result in negative employment decisions, we can take legal action on your behalf.
Before a job discrimination lawsuit can be pursued against an employer, a Charge of Discrimination (or EEO complaint) must be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the EEOC must issue a Notice of Right to Sue. The lawyers at Conover Law Offices guide individuals through every step of the legal process required to make a formal EEO complaint and seek justice through negotiation or litigation.
Even if discrimination is not intentional, its impacts can be severe. For example, some employers make policies about hair, grooming or dress codes that may negatively affect people of color. If a workplace policy that negatively impacts or excludes minorities is not job-related and necessary to the operation of a business, our lawyers can fight to have the policy amended or eradicated.