Gregory Calliste, Jr. is a New York employment discrimination attorney at Phillips & Associates. He possesses 13 years of experience handling civil, and criminal law matters, including employment law matters, at the federal, state and administrative levels.
If you are a victim of racial or national origin discrimination at work, you should be aware that there are federal, state, and local laws in place to protect you. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for example, prohibited racial discrimination occurs when an employer treats someone unfavorably due to their race or because of personal characteristics associated with race, such as skin color or hair texture. An employer is not allowed to terminate your employment or take any adverse action against you because you are of a particular race, color, national origin, religion or gender.
If you are a victim of intentional discrimination or harassment, under various Federal and State laws, you may be entitled to damages, including compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are designed to pay a victim of harassment or discrimination for any out-of-pocket expenses, such as those associated with a job search or medical care, as well as emotional harms like mental anguish or loss of enjoyment. When an employer's acts are especially malicious or reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the employer and deter future similar conduct.
Mr. Calliste is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. He is also admitted to practice before the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, Federal District Courts in the State of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.