A Brooklyn woman has sued “Completely Bare” spas and owner Cindy Barshop, alleging she was discriminated against the owner and the company because she is black, The New York Post reports. Barshop is a star on the television show “Real Housewives of New York City.”
Sadly, discrimination in New York isn’t uncommon. Many workplaces discriminate against their employees, whether intentionally or accidentally. Regardless of the reason, it’s wrong. But there are other times when employees falsely accuse companies of discrimination simply to try to get a pay day. Hiring New York Employment Lawyers either to sue or defend from a discrimination lawsuit is vital.
According to The Post, a 25-year-old black woman applied online and was hired over the phone to work at the company’s Fifth Avenue flagship shop in March. When she started, her lawsuit claims, employees didn’t properly train her, commented that she was hired to “inject some color” into the company and that she was fired a week after she complained to Barshop about her treatment. The company said the woman was fired because of the quality of her work.
The Real Housewives of New York City is a reality television series featuring several women, many of whom aren’t actually married, and their high-class escapades in Manhattan. The show airs on Bravo.
This appears to be a case where the woman will have to show a jury she suffered from discrimination, while the company and employees may very well say she was just bad at her job. While the New York State Division of Human Rights can work out many discrimination complaints, sometimes governmental agencies don’t work quickly enough and don’t put in the kind of personal touch needed in such a case.
Employment Lawyers have been handling these types of complaints and cases for decades. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and shouldn’t suffer from employers or co-workers treating them differently. This goes for areas of life other than employment, such as housing and public accommodations.
In 2010, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 99,922 complaints of discrimination, which was up 7 percent from 2009. Among those complaints, 35,890 of those complaints were based on race-related discrimination, about 36 percent of the total number.
While the United States prides itself on equality and freedom, discrimination still happens today. Whether it happens out in the open or occurs in decisions made in closed-door meetings, discrimination can make a workplace difficult to bear.
But there are also times when employers are unfairly targeted by employees who don’t do a good job and take it as discrimination. Companies have a right to hire and fire employees, depending on the terms of their contracts, if they do a bad job. Sometimes, employees look for an excuse to sue, hoping they can get a cash settlement. If this is the case, companies should vigorously defend themselves from this type of litigation.
It usually takes the skills of an experienced law firm to sort out legitimate lawsuits from those that are flagrantly filed by disgruntled employees.
If you feel you have been subjected to discrimination, set up a consultation so we can determine the best course of action for your case. And if you own a company and face a lawsuit that could be potentially damaging to your reputation and revenue streams, contact us today so we can assess the case.
The Law Offices of Ira S. Newman handles employment law and discrimination cases in New York City, Long Island, Great Neck and throughout the area. Call 516-487-7375 or contact us through the website.
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