The Suffolk Times reported that in June, 2015 a North Fork winery was named in a lawsuit for alleged employment discrimination against a transgendered man who worked in the Manhattan store location. The plaintiff claims that he was discriminated against based on being a transgendered male, and that his superiors spoke to him in a disrespectful manner, reduced his hours, assigned him to “menial tasks,” and eventually let him go citing downsizing, while still continually hiring new staff.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Southern Court alleging violations of the U.S. Americans with Disability Act, New York State Human Rights Law, and New York City Human Rights Law. The grounds filed were gender discrimination, failure to accommodate a disability, retaliation, and a hostile workplace environment.
The plaintiff also filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In December, 2015 the EEOC dismissed his discrimination charges, citing a lack of information validating the charges after the agency investigated.
With complex legal issues such as employment discrimination, business owners can quickly become overwhelmed and distracted from their work obligations. Employment law is vast and confusing, and seeking the guidance of an experienced attorney can help business owners focus on what is most important – running a successful business.
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