Rochester Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

If you feel you’ve been kept from achieving all you’re capable of in the workplace due to your own immutable characteristics such as your race, age, gender, or sexual orientation then you’re the victim of workplace discrimination. Not only is such discrimination frustrating and deeply wrong on the part of your employer, but it’s also illegal. Both federal and state laws exist to protect employees against such discrimination in the workplace.

If you find that you’ve been passed over for promotion or endured other unfair treatment in the workplace that’s unrelated to your job performance, the skilled team of employment law attorneys at Rochester’s law firm of Gattuso & Ciotoli are ready to fight tirelessly at your side to give you the best possible legal protection under the law. We aim to achieve a fair resolution, a settlement, or courtroom litigation for all workplace discrimination cases. We provide services throughout Central New York and all of New York State. Contact our firm today to take the first step toward the justice you deserve.

Understanding the Civil Rights Act and Workplace Discrimination

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a benchmark for protection against discrimination based on race, gender, religion, and nationality. Still, it remained difficult to successfully prosecute these cases for decades due to deeply entrenched cultural biases in workplaces and elsewhere in society. A 2022 survey reveals that 46 percent of Americans believe that discrimination remains a problem in their workplaces.

Both state and federal laws prohibit workplace discrimination based on the following:

  • Race or skin color
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity or transgender status
  • age
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • National origin
  • Military duty status
  • Caregiver or parenting status

While it’s certainly legal to decide on promotions, pay raises, and other workplace advances based on accomplishment, reliability, talent, ability, and even employer preference, it is not legal to discriminate in the workplace on any of the above employee characteristics.

Recognizing Workplace Discrimination

At the law firm of Gattuso & Ciotoli, PLLC, we believe that all employees deserve fair and equal treatment under the workplace discrimination laws in place for their protection. Our experienced legal team is here to represent you if you’ve experienced any of the following forms of discrimination:

  • You were not hired for a position despite being highly qualified
  • You were wrongfully terminated from a position
  • You receive less pay than other employees in the same position
  • You’ve had unequal training opportunities and work assignments
  • You’ve had unequal opportunities for advancement or promotion
  • You’ve endured unfair discipline or harassment
  • You’ve been kept segregated from coworkers

All of these workplace situations are illegal under state and federal anti-discrimination laws including the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employee Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Why Choose Us for Your Discrimination Case?

There are many complex legalities involved in a discrimination case, including:

  • Determining if your case is covered by state, federal, or local law
  • Understanding the proper procedures to follow in filing
  • Knowing which agency to file within New York, including the New York City Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the New York Division of Human Rights

Skilled, diligent representation by the Employment Discrimination Lawyers at Gattuso & Ciotoli is the best way to move forward with your claim. Our experienced team will help you to get the compensation settlement you deserve and, if necessary, will represent you in a lawsuit in court. Contact our legal team now if you feel you’ve been the victim of workplace discrimination.