Many people who are subjected to discrimination in the workplace are either terminated or quit because they can no longer tolerate being treated unjustly. However, some people choose to report discriminatory practices to human resources or other supervisory individuals and remain in their place of employment. It is not uncommon for people who report discrimination to face additional adverse consequences from vengeful employers. Retaliation is unlawful, however, and employers who try to punish employees for reporting discrimination may be liable for additional damages, as discussed in a recent New York opinion. If your employer took adverse actions against you after you reported discrimination, it is prudent to speak to a trusted New York employment discrimination lawyer about your rights.
The Plaintiff’s Treatment
Allegedly, the plaintiff worked as a professor for the defendant college for approximately twenty years. In the last three years of her employment, she faced discrimination based on her age, race, and gender from students and co-workers. She filed a formal complaint in March 2018, arguing the defendant engaged in discriminatory behavior and created a hostile work environment. Two months later, she was denied re-appointment to her position.
Reportedly, the plaintiff then filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the defendant, alleging in part that she was denied re-appointment in retaliation for her March 2018 complaint, in violation of federal law. The defendant moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety. Continue reading