A statement from an organization as respected and watched as the NFL will send a strong message to others that discrimination will not be tolerated in any kind of job.
New York, New York (PRWEB) March 19, 2013
New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman supports New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s request that the National Football League send a powerful message saying discrimination in employment will not be tolerated. The Attorney General’s office issued a press release outlining the Attorney General’s position.
“A statement from an organization as respected and watched as the NFL will send a strong message to others that discrimination will not be tolerated in any kind of job,” said Perecman.
The Attorney General officially asked the NFL to issue a formal written policy making clear that teams do not discriminate against potential recruits or players based on sexual orientation.
The request was made after a few prospective draft picks said they were asked questions about their relationship status or sexuality at last month’s national scouting combine in Indianapolis. Allegedly, teams asked at least three prospects if they have a girlfriend, are married, or like girls.
“Sexual orientation discrimination or harassment by the teams or NFL employees constitutes a violation of federal, state and local employment laws,” said Perecman, a civil rights violation lawyer in New York for over 30 years.
The press release included the section of the New York State Human Rights Law that states it is illegal for an employer to overlook a potential employee because of sexual orientation or make “any inquiry in connection with prospective employment, which expresses directly or indirectly, any limitation, specification or discrimination as to . . . sexual orientation . . . or any intent to make any such limitation, specification or discrimination.”
The NFL has headquarters in New York.
Schneiderman also made reference to terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by the League in 2011. He noted a provision against discrimination in any form based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or activity or lack of activity. However, it is questionable whether the provision was intended to protect prospective players during recruitment.
“All businesses must take the appropriate steps to ensure that workers, players, recruits, or any other employees or potential employees, are not discriminated against based on sexual orientation,” said Perecman. “Discrimination in employment is wrong from both an ethical and legal point of view.”
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including sexual orientation discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including racial profiling and bias crimes. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."