The attorneys of Fisher Taubenfeld LLP believe that workers in New York should know their right to work free of harassment and discrimination, including race-based discrimination. When discriminatory behavior does occur, we help employees hold their employers accountable.
Manhattan Racial Harassment Lawyers | Helping Workers Understand Prohibitions On Race Discrimination
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that prohibits an employer with 15 or more employees from discriminating against employees and applicants based on race.
Race discrimination occurs when an employer makes employment decisions based on race or physical features associated with a race, such as facial features or skin color.
Race discrimination also occurs when an employer implements a policy that is neutral on its face but negatively impacts a certain race. For example, minimum height requirements may disproportionately screen out individuals of Asian and Latin American backgrounds. Employers may be able to justify such a policy only by showing that it is legitimate and job-related. Contact us if you believe your employer has a racially discriminatory policy in place.
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 (Section 1981) is another federal law that prohibits race discrimination in the workplace and discrimination based on the ethnicity when the discrimination is racial in nature. It extends to independent contractors and partners, but does not apply to federal employees regardless of the number of employees.
New York City and State laws also prohibit race discrimination in workplaces with four or more employees. Under certain circumstances, the New York City Human Rights Law applies to independent contractors.
Contact Fisher Taubenfeld LLP
We offer a free and confidential phone consultation in which you can discuss your workplace mistreatment. Send an email or call 646-741-3490, toll free 866-654-0343, to speak with an experienced New York racial discrimination lawyer.