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Brooklyn Employment Discrimination Lawyers

Employment Discrimination

Employment Discrimination Attorneys Representing Clients in Brooklyn, New York

No one should have to face discrimination in a New York workplace, and sometimes it can be difficult for employees to know with certainty whether they have faced unlawful discrimination in order to file a claim. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we know how damaging and destructive employment discrimination can be, and we are here to provide assistance for anyone with questions about unlawful discrimination practices in Brooklyn. Our Brooklyn employment discrimination lawyers have years of experience serving clients in a wide variety of employment discrimination matters, and we can evaluate your case for you today.

Brooklyn Workplace Sexual Harassment

Many employees in Brooklyn workplaces face sexual harassment, and it is critical to understand that sexual harassment is a form of unlawful sex discrimination. New York State Human Rights Law. New York City Human Rights Law, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit sexual discrimination in the workplace, including sexual harassment that can create a hostile work environment or that can take the form of quid pro quo harassment.

Brooklyn, NY Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination can take many different forms in a workplace. Sexual harassment, which is a form of sex discrimination under state and federal law, is one type of employment discrimination. ther forms of unlawful employment discrimination can arise under New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, Title VII, and other federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Examples of employment discrimination that are unlawful under state and federal law include but are not limited to:

  • Discrimination on the basis of an employee’s race or perceived race;
  • Discrimination on the basis of an employee’s sex, which can include sexual harassment;
  • Discrimination against an employee because the employee is pregnant;
  • Discrimination on the basis of an employee’s religion;
  • Discrimination on the basis of an employee’s disability or request for disability accommodations; and
  • Discrimination on the basis of an employee’s age.

Brooklyn Wage & Hour Disputes

New York Labor Law and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protect workers from unlawful pay practices, such as:

  • Failure to pay an employee the appropriate amount of overtime;
  • Making unlawful paycheck deductions from an employee’s paycheck; or
  • Failing to pay an employee the minimum wage.

If you believe you have a wage and hour dispute, you should seek advice from a lawyer.

Queens and Long Island

Labor Employment Lawyers in Queens and Long Island

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At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we represent employees in a broad spectrum of legal matters, including:


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.
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Employee Discrimination

Our lawyers are prepared to represent clients who face any type of employment discrimination such as:
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
Violations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
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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
Under-the-table compensation
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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 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. 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.

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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.

Sometimes these “Jekyll and Hyde” switches occur because a superior learned something about a subordinate that then caused him or her to have a negative bias, like the employee was of a certain religion or sexual orientation. Sometimes the reason is more obvious, like a bias against people of a certain race, being male or female, a woman becoming pregnant or people with disabilities.

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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.
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Brooklyn Education Law Cases

Employment discrimination can occur in any workplace setting, including in educational settings. Educators and instructors have a variety of legal protections against discrimination in the Brooklyn workplace, including those already cited under state and federal law. In addition, public school employees may have additional protections against discrimination under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Brooklyn, NY Wrongful Termination Claims

Employees may be eligible to file a wrongful termination claim if their termination is the result of unlawful discrimination or is designed as retaliation for that employee exercising his or her rights under state or federal law. Our firm can discuss the evidence you need to prove a wrongful termination claim and to obtain remedies.

Seek Advice from a Brooklyn Employment Discrimination Lawyer

Anyone who has questions or concerns about employment discrimination should seek advice from an experienced Brooklyn employment discrimination attorney as soon as possible. Since employment discrimination can take so many different forms, it is critical to have a lawyer assess your case to determine your eligibility for filing a claim. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. online today or call us at 347-464-8694 to get started on your case.

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Ricotta & Marks, P.C.

We understand that your situation is urgent. Our New York employment discrimination attorneys will respond to your questions and concerns as quickly as possible.

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