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Protecting Your Rights in the Workplace

Employment Discrimination Lawyers


The Law Firm of White & Hilferty focuses on the practice areas of employment discrimination and sexual harassment.  Our New York City Employment Attorneys only represent individuals against employers and companies of all sizes for workplace discrimination and sexual harassment claims relating to:

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All employees in New York have the right to work in an environment that is free of sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment in New York is unlawful when the harassing conduct or discrimination is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an employee’s ability to do his or her job, and the workplace has become a hostile work environment. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment at the workplace, call our New York City Sexual Harassment Lawyers  to help protect your rights.   Read more about Sexual Harassment here.


Employers are prohibited from from mistreating a current or potential employee based on her pregnancy, childbirth, or medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.  The law provides protections for women against pregnancy discrimination in all aspects of the workplace, such as hiring, firing, and promotions.  If you have been discriminated against based on your pregnancy, call our Pregnancy Discrimination attorney now for a free consultation.  Read more about Pregnancy Discrimination here.

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Sex or gender discrimination relates to the mistreatment of an employee as compared to others based on his or her sex. Examples of gender discrimination include unequal pay raises or promotions, or providing benefits to one gender but not the other.  Employers are required to provide equal pay to employees who are working in substantially similar jobs regardless of gender.  Under the Equal Pay Act, this can include bonuses and stock options in addition to salary. Read more about Gender / Sex Discrimination here.


Gender Identity discrimination at the workplace is now illegal under Federal Law and protects transgender or gender nonconforming employees.  This is in addition to NYC and New York state laws that have explicitly provided relief for transgender workers to protect against discrimination.  Read more about Gender Identity Discrimination here.


Sexual Orientation Discrimination is now prohibited under federal law, in addition to New York’s existing protections for employees against sexual orientation discrimination.  Employers are prohibited from treating you differently based on your actual sexual orientation, as well as a perception or mistaken belief about your sexual orientation.  This includes harassment, being denied professional advancement, or from more subtle comments.  Read more about sexual orientation discrimination here.


Race discrimination occurs when an employer treats a current or potential employee differently because of his or her race, color, ethnicity, or national origin.  Employers are also liable for race discrimination at the workplace for such behavior by other employees or supervisors.  Race discrimination can take place in various forms at the workplace.  If you have experienced race discrimination at the workplace, call our Race Discrimination attorneys for a free consultation.  Read more about Race Discrimination here.


New York State has expanded the NYC protections against natural hair discrimination as a form of Racial Discrimination.  Read More about Hair Discrimination here.  


The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is the primary federal law that makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against employees who are 40 years of age or older.  This applies to employment acts such as when an employer decides to fire, refuse to hire, or otherwise discriminate against individuals based on their age, rather than job performance and merit.  Although the ADEA does not provide protections for workers under the age of 40, New York City does protect younger workers from age discrimination.  If you have experienced workplace discrimination based on age in New York, contact our Age Discrimination Attorneys now for a free consultation.  Read more about Age Discrimination here.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) protects qualified employees with a medically diagnosed disability that can still perform the essential functions of the job.  Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations to provide for disabled employees the ability to continue performing their job functions.  If you have experienced disability discrimination at the workplace, call our Disability Discrimination attorneys now for a free consultation.  Read more about Disability Discrimination here.


If your employer is denying FMLA leave that you are qualified for, or if you were fired for requesting or during your leave, call an Employment Attorney experienced with FMLA and medical leave protections in New York.  The employment discrimination lawyers at the NYC Job Attorney can help recover your life back on track and possibly get your job back or recover lost wages while out.  Read More about FMLA discrimination here.

Paid Family Leave in New York increases amount of benefits for employees in 2019.  Paid Family Leave benefits are in addition to the federal unpaid benefits offered by FMLA, and only applies for certain qualifying employees of covered employers.  Learn about eligibility and benefits under New York Paid Family Leave here.

Other Workplace Discrimination Practice Areas

Religious discrimination 

Criminal record discrimination

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Marital status discrimination

Wage and Hour Disputes

In some industries, workers are more vulnerable to wage and hour disputes. We know these industries and represent the workers. We see that the clients in cases of unpaid overtime and under-the-table compensation get the wages they deserve.

Education Law

The Law Offices of Vincent P. White represent New York City teachers and education officials in all types of education law proceedings, including 3020-a hearings.

Wrongful Termination and Retaliation

Standing up to an employer by reporting wrong-doing or a hostile work environment takes courage and support. If you have been Retaliated against or subjected to Wrongful Termination, we can help you.

Other Employment Law Services

  • Labor and union representation
  • Mediation and arbitration matters
  • Employment contract negotiations and matters
  • Employer defense

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With offices in New York City and Long Island, the Employment Attorneys at White & Hilferty offer Free Consultations for prospective clients in all 5 boroughs.

If you have been the victim of discrimination or sexual harassment at work, we can protect your rights.  Call us 24/7 at 646-698-8990 or Contact Us online to schedule your free consultation.