More NYC Workers Suing for Discrimination in New York, Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Comments


New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman comments on the number of discrimination cases filed by city employees in New York under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

According to The New York Times, the number of discrimination lawsuits rose during Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first two terms when compared to the number of discrimination lawsuits during Rudolph W. Giuliani’s two terms as mayor.

New York civil rights violation lawyer Perecman understands that the Bloomberg administration paid many settlements on discrimination claims, rather than letting the cases to go to trial. Under Bloomberg, "the city settled over 400 employee discrimination cases for more than $69 million." One city employee even got two different discrimination settlements out of the city.

Discrimination complaints by New York City employees have risen in number even as many workplaces have reduced civil rights violation complaints by emphasizing training and enforcing equal-opportunity policies, notes Perecman, a civil rights violation lawyer in New York for over 30 years. Changes to employment discrimination laws in the early 1990s also made it easier for workers to pursue claims of civil rights violations like gender discrimination, age discrimination, and other issues.

The backlog of civil rights violation cases in New York involving discrimination still hovers around 300 and city lawyers anticipate more sizable payouts, including some related to a Justice Department lawsuit alleging bias in the entrance exam for the New York Fire Department.

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