Discrimination Law

Discrimination laws have proliferated since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Recently enacted federal and state statutes have greatly expanded the number of employees who are protected by one or more laws, as well as the number of employers who must comply. Most discrimination laws require the employee to file a charge with a government agency, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), before a lawsuit can be filed. In most cases, plaintiffs can and do demand jury trials, and if they prevail, they can often recover compensatory and punitive damages in addition to back pay, reinstatement and attorney’s fees.

A large part of our Firm’s practice involves helping our clients avoid discrimination claims through preventive advice and counsel. In addition, we have an excellent track record in successfully defending employers in both federal and state courts, as well as before the EEOC and state and local administrative agencies, against employment discrimination claims.