We have women that come to our office frequently in White Plains, NY and they tell us that they are being treated differently from their male colleagues and that they are given what they perceive to be less desirable assignments and they wonder if there is anything that they can do. We ask many of questions to these employees; keep in mind that the employee is still employed and wants to continue to be employed and we want to know the size of the employer. We definitely want to know whether those other males have the same qualifications, whether the jobs that they are doing are the same jobs as the person who is speaking with us and we want to know whether those assignments are clearly less preferable or whether it’s just your perception that its less preferable. Also, we want to know if the employer has an avenue for making a complaint in this case of gender discrimination and if that employer has an avenue for making that complaint we are probably going to work with the employee initially to that avenue and see where it leads. While we are litigators in our office among the skills that we think we bring to the table are the ability to help the employee navigate the work place and to negotiate resolution of issues in the work place and to do that fall short of an actual lawsuit.
This informational blog post was provided by Jane Gould, an experienced New York Employment Attorney.