It is far easier for an employee to argue that he has been a victim of discrimination under New York City’s anti-bias law than under federal law.
That’s because the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) only requires a worker to prove he was treated “less well” than someone outside his protected class. Under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, a worker has to prove that the alleged mistreatment was “severe and pervasive.”
This recent case is an important reminder for employers: While federal or even state laws may not offer employees protection against poor treatment, many cities have passed their own discrimination ordinances. These often expand coverage and make it easier to prove discrimination or harassment.
Recent case: Raymond sued his former employer, alleging that he had worked in a hostile environment based on his national origin: American.
He claimed the owners of Asia TV regularly chastised Americans in g...(register to read more)