Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Lawyers2021-10-07T17:56:07+00:00

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment| Lawyers & Attorneys

Discrimination and harassment have devastating impacts on those forced to confront it.  The #MeToo movement and recent sexual harassment scandals in state government have shined a bright light on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment, and its impacts on people from all walks of life.  Similarly, racial justice movements have drawn needed attention to the ongoing struggles experienced by people of color denied the right to be treated equally and with dignity.  Others may be forced to face discrimination on the basis of their age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or other characteristic that makes them who they are.  The harm caused by discrimination and sexual harassment can often be particularly severe when it’s encountered in the workplace, such as when someone is forced to endure sexual harassment or other discrimination directed at them by a co-worker, manager, supervisor, or other person at their place of work.  To combat these threats, our local, state, and federal governments have passed powerful new laws, and amended existing laws, to hold individuals and organizations that cause or permit unlawful discrimination accountable and provide compensation for those individuals who have had their civil rights violated.   Under the proper circumstances, these laws can be powerful tools for protecting your right to be treated with respect in the workplace.  It is important that you consult with a law firm that handles cases involving allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment.


Frequently Asked Questions about Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Our discrimination lawyers provide answers to some important questions below.

Who is protected under laws prohibiting employment discrimination?2021-10-07T16:31:43+00:00

State and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment provide broad protections against discrimination in the workplace that is based on certain specified characteristics held by the person being discriminated against.  For instance, the New York State Human Rights Law prohibits an employer from discriminating on the basis of age, race, creed (religion), color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status, marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence.  These categories are sometimes referred to as “protected groups”, “protected categories”, or “protected characteristics.”  Other laws may include different protected categories.  If you suspect you may have been discriminated against in employment, it is important to consult with an attorney in order to determine if your rights have been violated.

What types of conduct constitutes employment discrimination?2021-10-07T16:37:41+00:00

Employment discrimination can sometimes be obvious, and other times it may be subtle.  Different laws have different definitions of what conduct rises to the level of discrimination.  However, a good general definition of discrimination is when a person is treated less well than others in the workplace because of some protected characteristic, e.g., your gender, race sexual orientation, age, etc.  Discrimination can take the form of being subjected to a hostile working environment in the form of derogatory insults or other types of poor treatment, or may include a situation where someone is paid less or treated less favorably than other employees.

Does employment discrimination include sexual harassment?2021-10-07T16:37:57+00:00

Yes.  One of the most common examples of employment discrimination today is sexual harassment.  The courts have made clear that sexual harassment at work is prohibited because it is discrimination on the basis of gender/sex.   Sexual harassment can include a wide range of unwanted conduct of a sexual nature in the workplace by co-workers, supervisors, vendors, or even customers.  It might include romantic advances, inappropriate comments or jokes, comments about your appearance or sexual preferences, unwanted physical contact, and even sexual assault or rape.  As with other forms of discrimination, it can often be subtle, or other times, blatant and obvious.  Sexual harassment can also take the form of “quid pro quo” sexual harassment.  “Quid pro quo” sexual harassment is when you are treated more or less favorably at work depending upon how you respond to sexual harassment or romantic advances by someone you work with.  If you think you may be being discriminated against at work, you should reach out to an attorney who can assess the situation and provide you with guidance.

Is my employer allowed to retaliate against me or fire me for complaining about discrimination/sexual harassment?2021-10-07T16:38:14+00:00

No.  Most laws prohibiting employment discrimination contain provisions making it unlawful for employers to retaliate against employees in any way for complaining about discrimination/sexual harassment, or for assisting someone else with a claim of discrimination/sexual harassment.  Thus, your employer is not permitted to take any adverse action against you for, among other things, complaining about the discrimination/harassment to a supervisor, filing a written complaint, contacting or retaining an attorney, filing a charge or complaint with a governmental agency, commencing a lawsuit based upon the discrimination/harassment, or testifying or otherwise providing evidence on behalf of another employee that has been discriminated against or harassed.  Nevertheless, employers will sometimes attempt to punish employees for engaging in these or other legally “protected activities”.  In such case, you may have a claim for unlawful retaliation, regardless of whether you have personally been subject to discrimination or harassment.

If I didn’t complain about the discrimination/sexual harassment am I still protected under the law?2021-10-07T16:38:29+00:00

Yes.  Depending upon the circumstances, it may be in your interest to put your employer on notice of your concerns regarding workplace discrimination/sexual harassment.  However, the failure to file an informal or formal complaint with your employer is not necessarily a requirement in order to be entitled to protection under certain laws prohibiting employment discrimination and/or sexual harassment.  This is another reason why it is important to speak with an employment discrimination/sexual harassment attorney if you believe you have been the victim of discrimination or sexual harassment.

What types of remedies are available under employment discrimination laws?2021-10-07T16:38:41+00:00

If found liable for engaging in employment discrimination, employers can potentially be required to provide compensation for mental and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits, lost career opportunities, harm to one’s reputation, attorneys’ fees, and other types of compensation.  Employers can also be forced to take remedial action to stop and prevent the discrimination from occurring in the future, and to alleviate any harm suffered as a result.  In some case, an employer can even be required to re-hire an employee that was unlawfully terminated for a discriminatory reason.

I have been falsely accused of discrimination/sexual harassment? What should I do?2021-10-07T16:44:37+00:00

Unfortunately, there are occasionally situations involving allegations of discrimination or sexual harassment that are mistaken or outright false.  Although uncommon, these types of wrongful accusations can be devastating, not only to the person being accused, but also to the many people that depend upon anti-discrimination laws to obtain justice for legitimate claims of discrimination and sexual harassment.  If you have been falsely accused of sexual harassment you should contact an attorney immediately to help ensure that your rights are protected.

What will happen when I contact an employment discrimination/sexual harassment attorney?2021-10-07T16:44:49+00:00

At LaMarche Safranko Law, we take cases involving employment discrimination and sexual harassment very seriously.  When someone contacts us about an employment discrimination/sexual harassment matter, we will speak with them at length to obtain all of the relevant information necessary to evaluate their claim and counsel them on any appropriate action.  At the same time, we understand that these cases involve traumatic experiences and highly sensitive information and therefore must be handled with the utmost sensitivity and care.  The information that you provide to an employment discrimination/sexual harassment attorney is treated confidentially and is generally protected by attorney/client privilege.  We will not contact your employer or anyone else regarding your case unless and until we have your permission to do so.   Even if you ultimately decide not to proceed with your case, your information remains confidential and will remain that way unless and until you decide that you wish to move forward with your case.

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Vicki Testimonial Transcript
Well, I met George in 2014. My son was arrested for a criminal offense, and George—he has this ability, it’s just who he is. He’s genuinely empathetic and he’s very compassionate and he has the ability to just make you feel safe. You know? I just always felt I was in great hands and my son was in good hands and that we would have a good outcome of our situation and we always have. And he’s brilliant. He’s a brilliant lawyer. He’s very skilled and very creative. He has excellent rapport with all the judges and DAs and officials, and he’s always found a rehabilitative outcome for my son which I genuinely appreciate.

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George was referred to me by my estate attorney. They go way back and it was a great referral, I don’t think I could have done any better, it was a very good match for me. Something that was really really instrumental in the whole thing was George keeping us up-to-date on what was going on and very much included. I was invited to be at all the depositions if I wanted to be and he gave me all the written depositions to read through, so I was always up-to-date on what was going on and I felt like a part of the process. I would definitely recommend George to other people. In fact, about 2 weeks ago I did. A friend of mine was in a pedestrian car accident, she was the pedestrian and is in pretty rough shape, and he was the first person I thought of so I actually asked him if it would be in his purview and he said yes. And I know that she’s very happy with him so far.

Jules Testimonial Transcript
What brought me to the firm was a personal incident where Andrew was recommended to me very highly by a family friend who’s also an attorney, and Andrew represented me to great satisfaction in that case. What impressed me the most about Andrew was his direct straightforward approach, and he has this incredible way of setting you at ease and yet telling you the good and the bad of a situation. I felt that he was very much a straight shooter and lived up to the reputation that preceded him. I would recommend them and Andrew Safranko to anybody in the world. They’re just that class of a group of people.

Chuck Testimonial Transcript
Well, I came to LaMarche Safranko Law because I knew Andy was here and he’s helped me in the past and I just feel so comfortable coming to him because you know you’re going to get the best outcome that you can get in a criminal law field. He’s done such a fabulous job for me and I’ve seen what he does for me, so I’m sure he’ll do the same—put out the same effort and energy and zeal it takes to win their case like he has mine. I would feel very comfortable recommending him.

“My family and I cannot thank George and his staff enough for all of the support and guidance they have given us over the past six months. Anyone who has ever suffered a personal injury knows how difficult they are to overcome, but I’m glad we had such an intelligent and hardworking attorney on our side so I could focus on my recovery rather than on the details of the case….

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A personal injury client from Waterford, NY

“The arrest of my husband in 2008 was an extremely difficult and emotional time for our family. The arrest turned our lives upside down. It was sudden and unexpected and had tragic emotional as well as financial consequences. I had no idea what to do under the circumstances….

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A client from Upstate New York

“I cannot thank George E. LaMarche lll and his team for the excellent legal work they provided for my son, and in extension, our entire family. His experience, knowledge of the law, networking ability and communication is second to none. In our case, our son was wrongly accused by a small town police officer and charged with 5 tickets…

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A client from Altamont, NY

“No one likes to be in a bad situation, but if you need a lawyer George is your man. Not only does he point you in the right direction he offers good advice for your future. As much as we bring him business he does not encourage that next time anticipation….

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A client from Albany, NY

“The staff at LaMarche Safranko Law took care of  whatever I needed, it was just fabulous. It was top shelf, if I called, I got George. If he was in a meeting, they left him a message. He called me right back after the meeting. Everybody was very courteous and very nice there. If I left a voicemail, everybody got back to me quickly. The level of service  was very, very good and I would Highly recommend them.”

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A personal injury client from Cohoes, NY

“I am an attorney who found himself in the middle of a serious, personal legal matter that compromised not only my personal life but my professional life as well. I immediately contacted Andrew (Andy) Safranko, Esq. Andy worked tirelessly and extremely hard to bring my legal situation to a very favorable resolution. In so doing, Andy not only saved certain aspects of my personal and professional life

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Anonymous Attorney from Albany, NY

“Dear George, Andy and Staff,

Thank you all for your kindness and all your help in getting back to my wellbeing and life.  I could not have done it without you all.  Everything is going so well again.  I recommend you highly. Thanks Again!”

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A client from Troy, NY

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent representation on my recent matter. I have worked with lawyers, and in law firms much of my professional life, but I have never encountered the rare mix of skill, integrity and humanity in one individual—you….

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A client from Rensselaer, NY

“I wanted to express my deepest appreciation to Mr. Andrew Safranko for the exceptional job he did in regards to my legal representation. Mr. Safranko displayed the utmost in professionalism and discretion during the entire court process, and took the time to explain each and every step….

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A client from Schenectady, NY

“Dear Mr. Safranko,

Thank You so much for answering my question, and so expediently!

The dedication, respect, and consideration with which you treat your clients, current and past, is remarkable. It is why I reached out to you when searching in my time of need, and why I would highly recommend…

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A client from Albany, NY

“Throughout the attorney client relationship regarding my personal injury lawsuit, George and his staff continually exhibited tremendous amounts of legal knowledge, skill, and a vast amount of expert resources that ultimately resulted in a final judgment in my favor.  George was there every step of the way to explain where we stood and what to expect next and there was never a need to question his professional judgment…

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A client from Troy, NY

“Dear Andy,

Thank you so much for everything you have done for our son over the last three years.  This has been a very challenging time for our family and the knowledge that our son has an attorney as capable and amazing as you are has given us peace of mind!

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Parents of a client from Cropseyville, NY

“I can honestly say that the best decision I’ve ever made was retaining George LaMarche as my attorney. I was in a situation where everything wasat risk; my career, livelihood, and the ability to provide for my family. In desperation, I contacted over a dozen attorneys. The majority of the lawyers I spoke with promised results without seeing paperwork or knowing valuable facts….

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A client from Albany, NY

“Dear Andrew and George,

I cannot thank you enough for your hard work, diligence, and selfless manner that you put towards my legal difficulties in Colonie. From the first moment I met you, you helped reassure me that things were going to turn out in a more favorable manner than I originally thought. Clearly, the final result of my court case displays the quality of time and work that you put into this….

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A client from Colonie, NY
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