New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Looking into Discrimination Lawsuit Filed by Chinese Kitchen Workers

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New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman comments on the discrimination lawsuit filed by thirteen former Le Colonial employees. The group of Chinese kitchen employees claim they were victims of race discrimination in the workplace and retaliation.

The civil rights violation lawsuit was filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

"This New York discrimination lawsuit should send a message to employers about the consequences of mistreating employees on the basis of race,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer Perecman. “Workers are increasingly realizing that they have a right to complain and take legal action. They are also realizing that the courts listen to them and take their civil rights violation complaints seriously.”

The former Le Colonial workers claimed they had to work under harsh conditions. Among the complaints specified in the discrimination in the workplace lawsuit, the workers allege they were "not allowed into air-conditioned areas during their breaks, and were restricted to one bathroom."

“Under New York workplace laws it is illegal to mistreat employees because of their national origin, race or religion. This is exactly what Le Colonial is being accused of,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.

After the group "repeatedly" complained to their employer, they were fired, said The Gothamist.

According to Our Chinatown, a New York City community website, the workers’ main allegation is that their employers “discriminated against them based on race and age and that they sought reprisals after they spoke out.”

Both age discrimination in the workplace and race discrimination in the workplace are illegal under Federal, New York State and New York City law. Race discrimination involves treating an individual unfavorably because he or she is of a certain race. Age discrimination occurs when a person is treated unfavorably because of his or her age.

In addition to the state complaint, the employees plan to file a federal lawsuit against the New York restaurant for wage violations.

Individuals who believe they have been victims of workplace discrimination in New York because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin or disability may be eligible to receive compensation for lost wages or any damages resulting from the discrimination, including emotional distress.

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