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Top 10 Employment Discrimination Claims for New York Plaintiffs


Most common employment-related lawsuit types filed in the United States

There is good news and bad news when it comes to these common types of workplace discrimination. The bad news is that employers continually make the same mistakes over and over again. The good news is that the New York City workplace discrimination attorneys at Hepworth, Gershbaum & Roth, PLLC have gained unparalleled experience handling employee discrimination cases. Our employment law attorneys are dismayed at how often employers continue to violate the civil rights of their employees. When they do, we hold them accountable.

The legal significance between various discrimination claims

Generally speaking, all violations of the law are the same. It is the extent of the damage done to the victim that makes the difference in how the plaintiff should be compensated. The main differences between discrimination lawsuits is that not all types of claims entitle plaintiffs to recover attorney’s fees for their claims. Additionally, some lawsuits allow victims to recover additional statutory damages (like a minimum fine that is paid directly to the plaintiff). Our NYC employee discrimination attorneys help you decide between the applicable legal violations to find the option that maximizes your damages and minimizes your risks.

The 10 most common forms of discrimination lawsuits seen by our NYC employee rights attorneys

Our NYC employee rights attorneys see workplace abuses that are constantly repeated by employers who disregard the rights of their employees. The 10 most common discrimination lawsuits our attorneys handle include:

  1. Retaliation under all statutes—State and federal laws protect employees from being retaliated against by employers that have been reported for violating the law. Once retaliation has occurred, you are entitled to even more damages from the employer.  

  2. Race—Race-based discrimination is still a problem in our society, even though the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is now more than 50 years old.

  3. Sex  (including pregnancy and sexual harassment) —Discrimination based on sex has become an issue brought to the forefront of our society. Although discrimination lawsuits are generally filed by women, our NYC sexual discrimination attorneys have also seen lawsuits filed by men.

  4. Disability—The American’s with Disabilities Act made it clear that employees must accommodate and not discriminate against any person with a disability. Our attorneys expected an increasing number of these lawsuits to be filed in the next several years to come. 

  5. Age—Baby boomers are facing an on-going crisis as they face more and more age-based discrimination in the workplace.  The discrimination usually takes the form of either layoffs or in the hiring process.

  6. National Origin—Prejudices from employers based on stereotypes of national origins has been a problem in our country for two centuries. We help protect you from being victimized by senseless stereotypes.

  7. Religion—Religious freedom is one of the foremost rights protected by our constitution. We help protect your religious freedoms in the workplace.

  8. Color—You are protected from being discriminated against based on your color when it comes to hiring, disciplinary actions or promotions within the workplace.

  9. Equal Pay Act—It has become a major political point throughout the last decade that women are paid about 30% less than men for doing the same work. This discrimination is illegal and you do not have to fear retaliation for taking a stand for your rights.

  10. Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act—This Act was only passed in 2008, but it has seen annual increases in lawsuits since its enactment. The law protects you from being discriminated against in the workplace or through insurance based on any predisposition towards a health issue.


Contact one of our NYC employee rights attorneys today if you think you are the victim of discrimination

The New York employee rights attorneys at Hepworth, Gershbaum & Roth, PLLC are well-versed in all types of employment discrimination. Come speak with one of us to discuss your legal options if your rights have been violated. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 212-545-1199 or contact us online.




Contact an employment law attorney in New York today for a free initial consultation and determine whether you have a case. For a free initial consultation, you can contact us online or by phone.

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