Employees Facing Discrimination Or Retaliation at Work

Thinking Big: Attorney Kelly Magnuson discusses how an employee might face workplace discrimination or retaliation, and how an employment lawyer can help.

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So, I work in the Employment Law Unit here at Harding ⁠Mazzotti, and we represent employees who have had violations of the law at work. These violations may be federal or state laws. New York State has some of the stronger employment laws compared to the rest of the country. So, every day, we talk to employees who contact us because they’re concerned about actions that have occurred at work. Whether they were not promoted, whether they were terminated, had a schedule change, or any other employment action that they believe may have been motivated by discrimination.

We represent employees who believe they were discriminated against or treated differently because of their gender, their race, their nationality, their religion, or any of the other protected classes under the federal and state law. We also talk to employees who believe that they have had an adverse employment action because of something that they made a complaint about, or filed a complaint about and that employment action they believe was retaliatory.

New York State and federal law have anti-retaliation provisions for both the discrimination laws and the wage and hour laws. So, when employees make a complaint about how they’re being treated, or how another person’s being treated, or they believe their wage is not in line with the law, those employees may suffer retaliation. The employees who have been terminated, or who may still be at a job, but feel that they are stuck because of either the class they belong to or the fact that they spoke up. At Harding Mazzotti, we believe all employees should be treated equally, and that everyone should be paid the proper wage. And if you think that something is unfair, that you’ve been treated unequally, we’ll talk to you. That’s what we do.

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