The New York State Department of Labor defines discrimination as an “act based on preference of prejudice.” Not only can someone be discriminated by his or her race, age, and gender but they can also be discriminated because of his or her disability, religion, national origin, political, affiliation or belief, genetics, arrest and conviction record, marital status, genetic, predisposition and carrier status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or retaliation.
Unlawful discrimination occurs when your employer takes an adverse employment action based upon a protected characteristic. Adverse employment actions can include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to hire
- Failure to promote
- Firing (wrongful termination)
- Constructive discharge (where the environment is so abusive the employee is forced to quit)
- Changes to compensation, benefits, assignment, or classification
- Or, any other significant change to the terms and conditions of employment.
Discriminatory practices can also include:
- Harassment, intimidation, and bullying on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, or age;
- Retaliation against an individual who makes a complaint; participates in an investigation; or opposes discriminatory practices;
For more information on Employment Discrimination, visit New York State Department of Labor’s website.
If you feel that you are a victim of employment discrimination, or just have questions, please contact the Albany-based law offices of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our experienced employment law attorneys can meet you at any of our four regional law offices located in Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs, NY. Our legal team is also available by calling (518) 274-5820. We are here to help.