The Warshawsky Law Firm represents a former public safety officer with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation who was wrongfully terminated, after nine years of employment, after she spoke out in support of a fellow officer who was being sexually harassed by their supervisor. Our client supported her colleague and corroborated her accusations during a meeting with agency managers and during an investigative interview conducted by the New York State Division of Human Rights. These communications constituted "protected activity" under the law.
Unfortunately, after our client made her statements in support of her colleague, the supervisor began an illegal campaign of retaliation intended to punish our client for siding with the other officer. He stopped treating her in a professional and cordial manner. He subjected her to intrusive and unjustified workplace scrutiny. He started writing her up for minor rules infractions that he previously ignored and for which he did not write up other officers. Ultimately, he falsely accused her of serious misconduct, which led to her termination. The supervisor's objective was to have our client fired, which he succeeded in accomplishing with the help of agency management.
We recently filed an EEOC charge of discrimination for our client, alleging unlawful retaliation (in violation of Title VII) and also disability discrimination (in violation of the ADA) because she was fired while on short-term disability leave for a car accident. The charge is pending before the New York District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We believe strongly in our client's case and are working hard to get her job back and to obtain fair compensation for the mistreatment and hardship she experienced.
If you or someone you know has been retaliated against in the workplace, please contact The Warshawsky Law Firm today.