Employer Treats You Differently Than Others
My Employer Treats Me Differently Than Everyone Else
In this educational legal video, one of our experienced employment lawyers in Buffalo, Lisa A. Poch discusses what you can do if your employer treats you differently than others.
I frequently get phone calls from people who feel as if they’re being treated differently from others at their workplaces. They may have been written up for doing something while someone else who did that same thing was not. They may have complained about being treated differently and been written up for doing so. They may not like the way their management is treating them as compared to the treatment their co-workers receive. The bottom line is that, in a lot of cases, it is totally lawful – though perhaps unfair and not dignified –for your employer to treat you and another co-worker entirely differently for no good reason. That’s just the way it is, and I have to say that to clients all the time.
On the other hand, it is not lawful for an employer to treat you and another employee differently because of your membership in what’s called a protected class, such as your gender, race, religion, whether you suffer from a disability, age, or national origin. In New York State, we also have extra levels of protection for familial status – whether you’re married or not – and sexual orientation. It’s totally lawful for your employer to treat you and a co-worker differently if it’s just because they like your co-worker better than you, but it’s not lawful for them to treat you differently because of your membership in a protected class. It’s important to get an attorney involved if you feel that’s happening.
The experienced employment lawyers in Buffalo at Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP have extensive experience in aggressively representing the rights of employees in age discrimination claims as well as other workplace disputes. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Let our experience work for you.