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Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Two of the most difficult issues facing employers today are claims of discrimination (on the basis of age, race, creed, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status, to name a few) and claims of sexual harassment. Our Labor and Employment department provides advice for all aspects of these issues, from developing effective anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, to investigation of claims, to seeking a swift and just resolution of all such claims. Where appropriate, we advise clients on the discipline or discharge of alleged harassers in order to protect the employer and other employees. Where voluntary resolution of complaints is not possible, we represent our clients before all appropriate agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR), and similar agencies on the City or County levels, as well as in the courts, where we work closely with our Litigation department to achieve favorable results for our clients.

When our clients wish to develop affirmative action programs, the Labor and Employment department guides them through every step to create plans that can satisfy all Federal and State requirements for such plans, while at the same time avoiding any claims of reverse discrimination.

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