Q: Are unprotected classes protected against retaliation by law?
I filed a report regarding my director and I wonder if HR or the director will retaliate against me, am I protected by law?
A: In New York, anti-retaliation laws typically protect employees who engage in protected activities, like reporting discrimination or other unlawful practices. However, if you are part of an "unprotected class," the legal protections may not be as clear-cut. Generally, these laws protect against retaliation when the report involves violations of specific employment laws. If your report pertains to discriminatory practices covered under these laws, you should have protection against retaliation. It's important to understand that each situation is unique, and the specifics of your report will determine the extent of legal protections available to you. If you're concerned about potential retaliation, it would be wise to consult with an attorney who can assess your specific situation and provide guidance based on the details of your case. They can help you understand your rights and the best course of action to take in your particular circumstances. Remember, taking informed steps is crucial in such situations.
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