New York City and New York State have led the country in adopting strong anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBTQ employees. Increasingly, LGBTQ employees have been invoking the protections of these laws against employers who don’t want to hire gay and transgender people, make it uncomfortable for them to come out or express themselves at work, or fail to promote them …
If you live or work in New York City and have been denied employment or fired from a job because you have a record of beingarrested or have criminal convictions, the lawyers at Cary Kane LLP may be able to help. It is against the law in New York State under certain circumstances for an employer with 10 or more employees to discriminate against job seekers or employees because of an arrest record or criminal conviction.
Employers in New York City are now prohibited from discriminating against unemployed applicants for employment. It is illegal in New York City for an employer to advertise for only employed applicants. In an interview it may be illegal to ask an applicant how long they have been unemployed. Employers may consider the reason for an applicant having lost their previous job if it bears some relationship to performance, but employers cannot simply discriminate against an applicant who has been unemployed for a long time.
Both state and federal law provides employees with legal protections regarding discrimination in the workplace. These laws aim to protect workers from not being hired, being fired, or being mistreated as a result of their race, ethnic identity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or other personal features that have nothing to do with doing a proper job. However, at Cary Kane we know that employers located in New York City can violate the law and unfairly treat their employees.