Iris J. Ramirez is a paralegal who assists the New York City employment discrimination attorneys at Phillips & Associates. She started in the legal field as a legal administrative assistant in 2005. She continued her legal career in 2010 as a paralegal at disability and litigation firms prior to joining us. Her work is concentrated in providing behind-the-scenes, meticulous support from the start of litigation until the resolution of each suit. She understands that every client requires a different accommodating and supportive approach as they continuously pursue their claims against illegal business practices. Ms. Ramirez is committed to helping workers seek justice when they are faced with employment discrimination and other employer misconduct.
Federal, state, and local laws prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of several protected categories, such as race, national origin, sex, religion, and disability. Discrimination includes taking any adverse step toward an employee because of a protected characteristic. For example, not hiring someone because they are Muslim is a form of employment discrimination. Harassment is a form of discrimination and comes in two forms: quid pro quo and hostile work environment.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an employee is offered a benefit or threatened with an adverse action in exchange for the performance of a sexual favor. Although most people associate this type of harassment with male bosses and female employees, it may occur between employers and employees of the same sex, or a female employer and a male employee.