Kenneth Abeyratne is a Junior Associate with the firm and graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Business Studies in May 2013. He then graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a J.D. in New York City in 2018. Mr. Abeyratne began his career at various law firms and the New York County District Attorney’s Office, as well as the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. He also worked as lead paralegal at a plaintiffs’ employment law firm for several years and collaborated with attorneys in all aspects of trial preparation. He is admitted to the New York Bar as well as the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of New York. He is also member of the New York City Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.
Many of the cases with which Mr. Abeyratne assists our New York City employment attorneys involve discrimination under federal, state, and city laws. Employment discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee differently based on a protected characteristic. Federal, state, and city laws protect different characteristics. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for example, protects against discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects against discrimination based on a disability. Most federal anti-discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law are more expansive than federal law and provide protection for a greater number of characteristics.