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Friedman & Houlding LLP has a multi-disciplinary approach to civil rights advocacy. We believe civil rights have never been won solely or even primarily in court. Public struggle is protected activity under civil rights statutes and the First Amendment, and the press coverage of employer NY Post 7-15-13 McQueen Ibela.pngdiscrimination may serve as the modern-day equivalent of the sit-in or other demonstration. Employers often view the threat of a jury verdict, or the cost of a settlement, as a cost of doing business (often covered by insurance), and fail to correct the problem that caused the lawsuit. That is why our firm always issues a press release when we file a case, which usually results in newspaper and/or television coverage.
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Our practice is limited to hostile work and school environment cases based on sexual harassment, gender harassment, racial harassment, sexual orientation harassment, disability harassment and harassment based onother protected categories such as religion, national origin and age(over 40).

Not all hostile work and school environments are illegal. The abusive conduct must be motivated by the victim’s sex, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age or membership in someother protected category. Examples of hostile work environments which are illegal are:

  • The use of racial, religious, or national origin slurs. Such conduct makes clear that the harassment is motivated by racial, religious or national origin prejudice. The use of harassing symbols may make motive equally clear, such as showing an African-American the confederate flag.

Friedman & Houlding LLP has three attorneys, Daniela Nanau, Esq., Rebecca Houlding, Esq. and Joshua Friedman, Esq. The Firm’s practice is limited to hostile work and school environment cases.

Ms Nanau works as an Senior Associate attorney at the Friedman & Houlding LLP. She graduated from Reed College in 1997 and from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2005. Ms Nanau’s practice focuses mainly on sexual harassment and racial harassment in the work place.

Ms Houlding is of Counsel to the Firm. She graduated cum laude from Carleton College in 1992 and cum laude from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1995. Ms Houlding focuses on all aspects of hostile environment cases, including racial harassment at school, from drafting to trial.

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