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Sexual Harassment

Among the types of harassment, sexual harassment is overwhelmingly common and extremely debilitating to its victims. Studies on sexual harassment and assault suggests that 81% of women and 43% of men have experienced sexual harassment.

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Employment Discrimination

Every individual has the right to a safe and healthy work environment. More than 70,000 employment discrimination charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2020, suggesting that this issue is pervasive and ever-present.

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Wrongful Termination

If you believe that you have been unfairly terminated because of an employer’s bias against you, subject to workplace retaliation or any other reason, Ricotta and Marks, P.C.’s wrongful termination attorneys want to hear your story.

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Education Law

New York City teachers face challenges inside and outside the classroom. When they face the possibility of losing their jobs, they deserve representation by experienced Lawyers for New York Teachers.

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Workplace Retaliation

Workplace retaliation is unlawful. If you have made a complaint to your employer about an issue such as harassment or discrimination and are experiencing retaliation, you need professional legal representation.

Employment Discrimination Attorneys

With Offices in Queens and Long Island, NY

Changing the workplace can change the world. When people are able to succeed in the workplace, they succeed in the eyes of others and erode prejudicial notions and stereotypes. By removing impediments to success—such as discrimination and harassment—dedicated employment discrimination attorneys can help ensure that everyone has a chance to be successful. Ricotta & Marks, P.C., with offices in Queens and Long Island, NY, is an employment discrimination law firm whose sole mission is to protect the rights of employees to bring about better workplaces for workers, and a better world.

As an employee, you have certain rights that are protected by state and federal laws. Even though many of these laws have been on the books for decades, employers will still violate them. Your employer might also take advantage of your fear that you will lose your job if you speak up, but the law protects you from workplace retaliation as well.

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Protecting Workers’ Rights. It’s All We Do.

Sexual Harassment According to the NY Department of Human Rights, employers can be held responsible for sexual harassment in the workplace in the following circumstances: If the harassment was the fault of a co-owner, manager, or supervisor the employer is responsible, regardless of whether or not they knew it was occurring. If the harassment occurred among regular employees, the employer can be held responsible if they knew about it, should have known about it, or failed to have a sexual harassment policy in place.

Employee Discrimination including but not limited to:

Gender discrimination
Marital status discrimination
Pregnancy discrimination and FMLA violations
Sexual orientation discrimination, including transgender discrimination and harassment
Age discrimination
Race or national origin discrimination
Disability discrimination
Religious discrimination
Criminal record discrimination
and violations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Wrongful Termination Even in an ‘At Will’ Work Situation, You Have the Right to Work. Employers will always claim that they had a valid reason to lay off or fire an employee. But in many circumstances, this is just disguised discrimination of one form or another. Continued employment and advancement is frequently based on performance reviews. If you have a perfect record, then suddenly go from perfect to pariah, it may be a case of your supervisor or employer giving a negative review in order to have an excuse to remove you from your position or deny a promotion.

Wage & Hour Disputes We handle many cases that involve wage and hour disputes, including people in certain industries who often fall victim to these situations as well as instances involving unpaid overtime and/or under-the-table compensation.

Lawyers for New York Teachers (Education Law) New York City teachers face challenges inside and outside the classroom. When they face the possibility of losing their jobs, they deserve representation by experienced attorneys. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., employment law is our sole focus. We have represented teachers facing a broad spectrum of legal issues and we are committed to protecting teachers’ rights.

Other Employment Law Issues As a full-service employment law firm, we can also help you with:
Labor and union representation
Mediation and arbitration matters
Employment contract negotiations and matters
Employer defense

Our New York employment attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that all workers have the opportunity to pursue successful careers, and experience workplaces that are free of harassment or other situations that create tension. To learn more, please do not hesitate to contact us and schedule a free initial and confidential consultation at our Queens or Long Island offices today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Prove Sexual Harassment At Work?

Sexual harassment is pervasive in the workplace, as evidenced by the large...

Sexual harassment is pervasive in the workplace, as evidenced by the large percentage of men and women who report such incidents annually. Before 2019, New York state legislation required sexual harassment to be “severe or pervasive” in order to be considered unlawful...

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Can my Employer Fire me for Being Pregnant?

Getting fired for being pregnant or being treated unfavorably in a work...

Getting fired for being pregnant or being treated unfavorably in a work environment due to pregnancy or childbirth is against the law. Pregnancy discrimination involves treating a woman unfavorably because of pregnancy or childbirth...

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What Constitutes Wrongful Termination?

Essentially, wrongful termination depends on the employer. In New York, private employers...

Essentially, wrongful termination depends on the employer. In New York, private employers have much more freedom in terminating employees for almost any reason they see fit. This is not necessarily true for public employers or employers...

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What Is The FMLA?

The FMLA, or the Family and Medical Leave Act, entitles employees to...

The FMLA, or the Family and Medical Leave Act, entitles employees to unpaid, job-protected leave for family or medical reasons. The legislation specifies that during the family or medical leave, health insurance coverage continues under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave...

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Are Discrimination Settlements Taxable?

If you have ever sued a person and received a settlement for...

If you have ever sued a person and received a settlement for your physical or mental pain, you may wonder: Are settlements taxable? The answer would be yes or no, depending on the nature of the settlement.

According to the Publication 4345 from the IRS...

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At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., employment law is all we do. We believe that by fighting workplace harassment and discrimination, we help to create a better world — for all workers. Due to our laser-sharp focus on employment law, we have the knowledge and experience to identify illegal activities and are prepared to take forceful action against employers who break the law.

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