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Seeking justice after workplace discrimination

Despite the passage of civil rights laws and advances in social justice over the years, many workers in New York continue to suffer from discrimination on the job. There are multiple different protected classes under the law. For example, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against workers based on race, national origin, sex, religion, disability or genetic information. Sex discrimination can also include sexual orientation, gender identity or pregnancy discrimination.

A worker may sue for compensatory and punitive damages if they were the victim of intentional discrimination based on one of these categories. Compensatory damages are designed to make the victim whole. For example, a person fired from their job may need to be replaced in the job or receive back pay and benefits. Other out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills, job search costs or attorney's fees may also be part of a compensatory damages award. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are designed to send a message to an employer engaged in particularly egregious and discriminatory practices.

There are limits to the amount of damages that a plaintiff can recover under the law. While employers with up to 100 employees may only be assessed up to $50,000 in damages, those with more than 500 employees may be assessed up to $300,000 in damages. There are other types of damage calculations used in age discrimination and Equal Pay Act cases.

Someone who has lost out on a job or a promotion due to employment discrimination has remedies under the law. They can consult with an employment law attorney about their options to file a complaint with government agencies or go to court to fight for justice.

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