We Represent Victims of Wage and Hour Violations in Long Island and Queens, NY
Working can be a wonderful thing. Having work–especially work that’s enjoyable–can provide a sense of purpose and intellectual stimulation. And of course, having work means earning a wage, something that’s essential to be able to pay for one’s numerous costs of living and other expenditures. What can be incredibly frustrating for an employee, then, is being a victim of a wage and hour violation. If you have been denied wages that you’re owed or have otherwise had your rights as an employee infringed upon, our Long Island wage and hour victims lawyers at the office of Ricotta & Marks, P.C. are here to support you.
At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens wage and hour attorneys are proud to provide reliable, results-focused advocacy to employees. If your labor rights were violated, we are here to offer guidance and support. To set up a confidential, no obligation initial consultation with a top-rated New York wage and hour lawyer, please do not hesitate to call our Queens or Long Island law offices today.
Our Experienced Lawyers Are Here To Help You Get The Money You Deserve
Federal, state, and local wage and hour regulations were enacted to ensure that employees receive full and fair pay for their hard work. Companies and organizations that violate wage and hour laws should be held legally liable. Though employees in any profession can face wage and hour violations, there are some workers who see this problem more often than others.
We Handle the Full Range of Wage and Hour Claims in Queens, Long Island, Brooklyn, and New York, NY
In New York, workers of all types turn to Ricotta & Marks, P.C., for assistance with wage and hour violations. With a deep understanding of the applicable federal and state laws, we have the skills, experience, and knowledge to handle all types of wage and hour claims. Among other types of cases, this includes:
- Minimum Wage Violations: All employees are owed a minimum wage. New York’s minimum wage is well above the federal minimum wage. In Long Island and Queens, NY, the minimum wage has been set at $15/hour for 2021. If an employee is being paid less than the minimum wage, their rights may be being violated and they may be entitled to financial compensation.
- Unpaid Overtime: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), when certain employees work over 40 hours a week (or over 44 hours in some cases), they are entitled to overtime pay. The rate of overtime is either 1.5 times the employee’s normal hourly wage, or 1.5 times the minimum wage of the state of New York, depending on the employee’s classification. While it is true that some employees are exempt from overtime pay, most employees should be compensated for hours worked over 40. Our Queens, NY wage and hour attorneys represent clients in the full range of unpaid overtime claims.
- Tipped Wage Violations: The rules regarding tipped employees in our state can be challenging to navigate. According to a fact sheet published by the New York Department of Labor, the minimum wage for tipped food service workers in Long Island is $9.35 in cash wages + $4.65 in tip credits for a minimum wage of $14/hour. For tipped service employees, the minimum wage is $11.65 in cash wages and $2.35 in tip credit for a total of $14/hour. Tipped employees’ rights are being violated if, between wages and tipped earnings, they earn less than the minimum wage. If your employer failed to pay you tips that you earned or implemented a tip credit system without informing you, you may have a claim against your employer. Our attorneys will take action to ensure that you receive the tips that you worked so hard to earn.
- Unpaid Wages/Last Paycheck: Employers must accurately record hours worked and pay employees the full wages that they have earned. If your wages were unpaid—particularly if you never received your last paycheck—our New York City wage and hour attorneys can help.
Wage and Hour Representation for Vulnerable Workers in New York
Although wage and hour violations can occur in every industry, some workers are at a heightened risk. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we take action to protect workers who are particularly vulnerable to wage and hour violations. Some workers who are commonly the victims of wage and hour violations include:
- Waiters and waitresses
- Mortgage brokers
- Leisure boat staff
- Cab drivers/pedicab drivers
- Hair stylists
- Massage therapists
- Nail technicians
- Construction workers
- Bus boys
- Agricultural laborers
- Parking attendants
Why Hire the Wage and Hour Lawyers at Ricotta & Marks
One of the things that separates our law firm is that we strictly limit our caseload per attorney—ensuring that we have the capacity to provide every client with the personalized attention that they deserve. When you reach out to our Queens or Long Island law offices, you will have an opportunity to speak to a New York wage and hour attorney who will:
- Listen to your story and review your wage and hour claim;
- Answer questions and advise you on your legal options;
- Investigate the matter—securing all relevant evidence; and
- Take proactive steps to protect your rights and get you fair financial compensation.
If you and your co-workers were denied fair pay—whether it is lack of a minimum wage, unpaid overtime, or any other violation—we are ready to take aggressive action to protect your rights. We take all wage and hour violation cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee unless we win your case.
Contact Our New York Wage and Hour Violation Attorneys Today
At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our New York wage and hour lawyers will always put your interests above your employer’s interest. If you believe that your wage and hour rights were violated, you need a strong advocate in your corner. Contact our offices in Queens or Long Island at (347) 464-8694 to learn more about our services. We represent employees in all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and throughout the wider region.