Excessive Workplace Stress
Age Discrimination Claims in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
Experienced NYC Employment Law Attorney
With ever increasing production demands pretty much uniform throughout today’s work world, and with many employees working longer hours and greater focus on the bottom line, stress has become common on the job. Unfortunately, the medical evidence suggests that increased stress has negative health consequences, leading to greater risk of heart disease, stroke, eating disorders and mental illness. Often, though, employers punish workers who develop health issues because of work-related stress.
If you or someone you love has been subjected to adverse work consequences because of work-related stress, you may be able to file a discrimination claim. The Law Office of Justin A. Zeller can protect your rights.
At the Law Office of Justin A. Zeller, we have zealously advocated for workers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for nearly 20 years, handling a broad range of work-related disputes. We know the impact that a high level of stress in the workplace can have on your health and on other areas of your life. At our firm, no legal issue is too large or too small. We’ll carefully investigate your claim, so that we understand the details of what happened, as well as what you need to protect your rights. We’ll immediately advise you of all changes or developments in your case, as well as your options and likelihood of success, so that we can help you make the right decisions about your future.
Aggressive Representation in Claims Involving Excessive Workplace Stress
Because New York is an “at will” state for employment law purposes, either party to an employment arrangement may terminate the relationship at any time for any reason, provided doing so is not in violation of a valid employment contract, or contrary to law or public policy. Accordingly, your employer may be able to fire you or reassign you to other work because of your response to job-related stress. There are situations, however, where your employer’s response will be considered workplace discrimination:
- If your employer’s response constitutes a failure to make a “reasonable accommodation” under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)—if your work-related stress qualifies as a “disability,” your employer must attempt to make a reasonable accommodation—offering you a less stressful position, some time off or different production goals.
- When your employer’s response constitutes wrongful retaliation after a request for protected time off under the FMLA—The Family and Medical Leave Act allows you up to twelve weeks off (without pay) and requires your employer to protect your job for you while you are gone. Your employer cannot take any punitive actions against you for requesting FMLA time.
- If your employer has created, condoned or fostered a “hostile environment” based on your response to stress. This may include permitting or encouraging jokes, comments, pictures or other communications about psychiatric disabilities or conditions similar to what you are experiencing.
Make an Appointment Today with an Experienced New York City Employment Lawyer
To discuss your legal options when you’ve been treated unfairly on the job because of work-related stress, call the Law Office of Justin A. Zeller at (212) 229-2249 or contact us by email. Evening and weekend consultations are available upon request. We also offer Spanish translation services. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation.
We take most employment law claims on a contingency basis. You won’t pay any legal fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.