Q: Trying to understand the pros/cons to filing employment complaints at the City or State level (new york).
I live and work in NYC. Have numerous documented wage/hour issues, first year I was incorrectly paid as an independent contractor due to tax issues (employer put that in writing, lol) , and numerous discrimination type issues. Its'a very small employer, so I don' think it would be worth my while to hire an attorney as I doubt the LLC /owner have the funds to make it worthwhile. I have very little faith in the different NYC agencies I've contacted over the years....so I was wondering if I'm better off filing my complaints at the New YOrk State or New York City level?
A: Wage and hour issues are separate from discrimination claims. The state DOL oversees pay practices of employers statewide. You may have to file a small claims court complaint to collect unpaid wages if the employer has the means or incentive to pay. If they refuse to pay after you secure a court order a collections attorney might be necessary.
Discrimination protected against by the New York State Executive Law for race, sex, religion, color, national origin, many other protected classes, to which you might belong, may be filed online with the New York State Division of Human Rights. It's a 1 year statute of limitations. Good luck.
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