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Divorced Women Continue to Experience Discrimination in the Workplace

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Long Island Employment Discrimination Lawyers Explore Marital Status Discrimination

A large percentage of the American population is divorced.  In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, over 813,000 divorces and annulments are filed each year.  Divorce is a common occurrence that should never impact one’s ability to obtain or retain a job.  Yet, all too often, divorced women report marital status discrimination occurring at the workplace due to their marital status.

Employment discrimination based on marital status is not always obvious.  Potential employers may ask during the interview process whether you are married, co-workers might make comments on your divorce, and you could even find yourself turned down for a promotion because you are a divorced woman. Divorced mothers face discrimination not just due to their marital status, but their status as a mother as well.  All of these instances of discrimination happen in workplaces across the United States each day and employees who experience marital discrimination in the workplace can take action.

Marital Status Discrimination

Workplace discrimination against divorced women falls under the category of marital status discrimination.  In the State of New York and in New York City, employees are protected against marital discrimination under Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.  Marital status is listed as a protected class under the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Instances of marital status discrimination could include:

  • Being passed over for promotion when you are better qualified than the man, married, or childless woman who received it;
  • Forcing divorced women or single moms to quit by creating a hostile work environment;
  • Exclusion of single moms with hiring profiles;
  • Stringent work schedules that make it impossible for single moms to meet their childcare obligations.

If you have been the victim of marital status discrimination in New York, consult with an employment discrimination attorney.  Your attorney can assist you in seeking redress for the illegal treatment you have suffered, which could include rehiring, promotion, or financial damages.  Employment discrimination is a complex legal issue that will attorney assistance.  Further, you can retain the help of an employment discrimination lawyer at no upfront cost to you.  Fight for your rights if you are a divorced woman who has faced discrimination, contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact Our Long Island Employment Discrimination Lawyers Today!

If you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, our Long Island Employment Discrimination Lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP are here to help.  We understand the hardships divorced women and single moms can experience in the workplace and will fight to see that you obtain the compensation you deserve, while holding your employer accountable for the discrimination you suffered.

Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today at 516-358-6900 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you when you need it most.

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