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Discrimination & Harassment


Outten & Golden attorneys are on the forefront of the fight against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, and national origin. We help the victims of discrimination understand what their options are and what kind of redress they can obtain.

Federal and state laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees because of their race, ethnicity, color, or national origin. Discrimination can happen in many ways. For example, an employer may fire or refuse to hire a person; give an employee less-favorable treatment, fewer job or promotional opportunities, or less pay than others; or subject an employee to harassment or racial or ethnic slurs. The law also prohibits employers from using policies or practices that may not be intentionally racist, but that have the effect of treating minority employees or applicants less favorably than white individuals. For example, many written examinations, promotional policies, and criminal or credit screening policies have been shown to have a discriminatory impact on certain racial groups.

If you believe you have been subjected to employment discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, and national origin, please contact the firm through the ”Contact Us" form or by calling us in the New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or Washington, DC office (see bottom of page for phone numbers) to begin the Outten & Golden intake process.

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Madison Square Garden - Criminal Background Check Discrimination


On July 14, 2017, Plaintiffs Clint Millien and Felipe Kelly filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York against Madison Square Garden, alleging that Madison Square Garden violated the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law, the Fair Credit...

Target Criminal Background Check Discrimination


On April 5, 2018, Outten & Golden LLP along with our co-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., filed a disparate impact class action lawsuit Target Corp. in the federal district court for the Southern District of New York. The case, Times v. Target Corp., was brought by Plaintiffs...


Supreme Court to Weigh In on Workplace, Civil Rights Disputes

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The U.S. Supreme Court will confront key questions for employers as it begins its new term. Cases on tap involve LGBT rights in the workplace, the contours of age discrimination and other civil rights laws, and immigration disputes involving as many as 800,000 undocumented workers.

The Justice Department will play a role in many of these cases, testing the majority conservative court on several social issues, as well as stances that pit workers’ rights versus business interests.

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Facebook Agrees to Sweeping Reforms to Curb Discriminatory Ad Targeting Practices

ACLU—Outten & Golden LLP—CWA


Ana Blinder, ACLU, 646-905-8877, @email
Contact: Sally J. Abrahamson at @email or call (202) 847-4400
Amy Fetherolf, Communication Workers of America, @email

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Publications & Articles

D.C. Should Ban Race-Based Hairstyle Discrimination

Melissa Pierre-Louis Washington and Mikael Rojas, The Washington Lawyer, January/February 2020