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Under NY law, employment absent any written contract is considered at will. An at will employee may be fired by an employer for no reason at all or for any reason at all except solely based on their age/race/sex/disability or in retaliation for them exercising a legal right and the employee's sole recourse is in unemployment.
Here you are alleging that you are being fired in retaliation for reporting that a supervisor at a transportation company was intoxicated at work and for discriminating against black employees in favor of Hispanic employees. These reasons would be grounds for you to be protected from retaliation for making such complaints
. Thus, your claim is a retaliatory discharge based on reporting unsafe work conditions as well as reporting discrimination. It does not matter that your reports of unsafe work conditions or discrimination were substantiated or not for the purposes of retaliation.
In this case, as you are alleging not just retaliation, but some discrimination in giving hours as well, you would need to report this to the EEOC for investigation as part of the requirement that you must exhaust administrative remedies. The EEOC will investigate the matter and if they cannot resolve it they will issue you a right to sue letter which gives you 90 days to file suit against the employer for the discrimination as well as the retaliation. You can contact the EEOC at http://www.eeoc.gov and get the complaint process started.
Once they issue a right to sue letter you will need an employment attorney to file suit, so you should start looking for a local employment attorney as soon as you file your complaint and you can find one at the same sites used by other attorneys, http://www.martindale.com or http://www.lexmundi.com or http://www.hg.org.
Additionally, you need to file for unemployment and if they try to deny your unemployment benefits, you need to file an appeal. They have to prove you committed some misconduct directly related to your employment to deny you benefits if otherwise eligible and if they do deny your benefits you need to consider using an unemployment law attorney to represent you in the appeal (they do not charge up front typically and generally only charge about 20%-25% of the benefits they win for you) as they greatly increase an employee's chance of success on appeal in unemployment cases.
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