How To File A Discrimination Claim in New York

Filing a discrimination claim in New York involves documenting and reporting instances of unfair treatment that are based on race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or other protected characteristics. At Gash & Associates, P.C., in White Plains, New York, we specialize in guiding clients through the discrimination claims process with professionalism and compassion.

If you’ve been the victim of discrimination, call our office today to find the support and advice you need. Our staff can walk you through each step of the filing process and ensure your case is given the respect it deserves.

The Legal Grounds for Discrimination Claims

Discrimination claims happen in New York when a person is mistreated in the workplace or while receiving goods and services from a business. They could also be unfairly profiled by law enforcement or denied loans that they clearly qualify for.

The critical factor that ties these cases together is that the unfair treatment was due to one or more aspects of their identity that are legally protected in America. New York law provides additional protections against discrimination beyond the federal standards by including protections for sex, gender, and gender identity.

Filing a Discrimination Complaint

The first step in addressing the discrimination you’ve experienced is to document every incident in detail. This should include dates, times, locations, and the names of the individuals or organizations involved. It should also include the contact information of any witnesses of the incident, as their testimony may be required later. Keeping these records will provide the court with tangible evidence that supports your case.

Once you have compiled your evidence, the next step is to file a complaint with the appropriate agency. In New York, this is typically the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at the federal level. Filing with these agencies is a requirement for taking your claim to court. They’ll offer a process for investigating your claim and attempt to resolve it through mediation or by issuing a right to sue.

Importance of Filing A Discrimination Claim Quickly

It’s essential to file your complaint within the statute of limitations, which varies depending on your type of claim and the agency involved. In New York, you typically have one year to file a complaint with the DHR and up to 300 days with the EEOC. Filing within these time frames is nonnegotiable. And you can miss out on the justice you deserve by missing the critical deadlines.

The Importance of Legal Representation

If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, it’s important to act quickly and seek professional guidance. At Gash & Associates, P.C., we’ve helped people just like you seek the justice they deserve.

Our team will provide personalized support so you understand your rights and take the necessary steps to protect those rights. Call us today at (914) 328-8800 to learn how we can help you navigate a discrimination claim and fight for the justice you deserve.