“With Liberty and Justice for all” unfortunately, is a promise that does not always come true in the workplace.  Last year, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed charges of discrimination that were supported by evidence in almost 4,000 cases in New York State alone – this number constitutes about 4 % of all such charges filed in the USA.  Discrimination can be based on race, sex, national origin, religion, color, disability, age, genetics, pregnancy status, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or retaliation. Discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace are illegal, should not happen and are preventable.

But when you or a loved one is the victim of such Un-American conduct, where do you turn?  At Sonin & Genis, our workplace and employment lawyers are knowledgeable about these laws, skilled and experienced in representing the victims and in obtaining them full compensation.

A New York employment lawyer is a trained expert who undertakes cases related to workplace discrimination, worker’s compensation, wrongful termination and harassment of employees, disputes related to overtime pay, retaliation for complaining, and other job-related legal issues.

Disputes between employees and companies in the corporate sector are common in New York. Any employee who finds themselves in such a position and needs to register a grievance in any of these areas should contact the accomplished New York labor and employment lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

Common grievances handled by Sonin & Genis’ New York labor and employment lawyers include:

  • Retaliation for making complaints
  • Racial, religious, sexual, gender, or sexual orientation discrimination
  • Unpaid overtime
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Unlawful termination
  • Denial of benefits
  • Workplace violence
  • Improper compensation


It is not always possible to resolve a problem with your employer or management through discussion or negotiations. If management is unable or unwilling to properly handle a situation, or is involved in it themselves, it becomes imperative to hire a New York employment lawyer to represent you in mediations or in court. Sonin & Genis excel at winning settlements and verdicts for those who have been discriminated against due to their race, sex, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or age.

You need a lawyer that is knowledgeable about the laws and procedures in this area, including:

At Sonin & Genis, we are familiar with your Federal rights, as well as your State and City Civil Rights.

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws prohibit specific types of job discrimination in certain workplaces. The US Department of Labor has two agencies which deal with EEO monitoring and enforcement, the Civil Rights Center and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

The Federal  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is an independent federal agency that promotes equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance. Applicants and employees of most private employers, state and local governments, educational institutions, employment agencies and labor organizations may be assisted by the EEOC.

The New York State Division of Human Rights is the New York state equivalent of the federal EEOC. As a designated Fair Employment Practices Agency (FEPA), the New York State Division of Human Rights may coordinate operations with the Federal EEOC.  The New York City Commission on Human Rights is the New York City equivalent of the federal EEOC. Just like the State Division on Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights is a designated Fair Employment Practices Agency (FEPA).

New York State Human Rights Law

New York State’s comprehensive antidiscrimination statute is know as the New York State Human Rights Law. Under the Human Rights Law it is an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for an employer “to refuse to hire or employ or to bar or to discharge from employment” or “to discriminate against an individual in compensation or in terms of conditions or privileges of employment” because of an individual’s age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability, or marital status.

The New York City Commission on Human Rights investigates federal claims, state claims, and claims arising under city ordinances, including those that are unique to the City of New York.

The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, or marital status. In addition, the Law affords protection against discrimination in employment based on arrest or conviction record and status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses. In housing, the Law affords additional protections based on lawful occupation and family status. The City Human Rights Law also prohibits retaliation and bias-related harassment.

Whether you are entering a job, feel like you’re being unfairly treated, or have been terminated, the New York employment lawyers at Sonin & Genis can help you resolve your dispute with dignity, obtaining justice and fair compensation if you have been wronged.

In the tough employment market, some employers are firing loyal workers in order to replace them with younger, cheaper staff. Not only are some of these terminations illegal, benefits often go unpaid in the process and employees are left jobless and without the compensation they worked hard for. Too many workers have accrued unpaid overtime that their employers are slow or unwilling to play. Sonin & Genis fights for proper compensation for our clients, ensuring that overtime is paid in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

An experienced New York employment lawyer is well acquainted with the loopholes in the law and the tricks that the defendant’s legal team will use to try to shirk responsibility and avoid paying compensation. For 30 years, the lawyers at Sonin & Genis have been taking on labor and employment cases and winning large awards and settlements for our clients. With each victory we restore the rights of our clients and make New York workplaces safer for employees.


Not only are we confident in our ability to win difficult labor cases, the attorneys that send us the majority of our cases are as well. Our New York labor lawyers, often referred to as “the heavy hitters with heart,” are known for our compassion towards victims, and our relentless pursuit of justice and proper compensation in their cases. Never afraid to take on insurance companies, large corporations, or even governments, Sonin & Genis has won many multimillion-dollar verdicts in tough cases.

When choosing a New York labor lawyer to represent you in an employment dispute, be sure to pick a firm that has an excellent track record in similar cases. If not settled successfully, a labor issue can permanently stain an employee’s record and make it difficult to seek other opportunities in the field. Sonin & Genis is committed to defending the rights and reputations of our clients, ensuring they receive a settlement or award commensurate to the harm suffered, and that blame for an issue is properly assigned.

We will help our clients and guide them through City, State and Federal EEOC Administrative procedures and work with and as part of our investigation obtain records from:

Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionNew York State Division of Human RightsNew York City Commission on Human RightsNew York State Department of LaborUnited States Department of Labor

You must act quickly. Evidence can disappear and the statute of limitations passes quickly.  If you are filing a claim against any municipal entity, whether it be the City, a County, the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

Federal Statutory time period: 180 days, unless a proceeding involving the same acts is instituted first before the New York State Division of Human Rights or New York City Commission on Human Rights. In that case, filing with the EEOC must occur within 300 days. It is advisable to file before the expiration of 240 days because of a requirement that a complaint must be deferred to a local or state anti-discrimination agency for 60 days or within 30 days after receiving notice that the State Division or the City Commission has terminated the proceedings under state or local law, whichever is earlier (42 LJ.S.C ‘2000e-5(e)).

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Employment and Labor lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

If you or a loved one has suffered discrimination, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert New York Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation lawyer today.