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Employment Attorneys

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.

Queens and Long Island

Labor Employment Lawyers in Queens and Long Island

Advocating on Behalf of
Employees

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

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.
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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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Why Do You need an
Employment Attorney?

We expect our workplaces to be friendly environments where we can collaborate with others and get the support we need from an attentive manager. Not all workplace are like this, though. In fact, many are toxic.

People face discrimination and harassment at work on a daily basis. They may not get promoted because they are the oldest employees in their departments. They may get called mean names because they were born in a different country. Many employees are even terminated for no good reason.

Dealing with discrimination and harassment is stressful. A person may enjoy his or her job duties but not enjoy dealing with nasty coworkers and managers. This can create a dilemma. You may be scared to go to work every day. You may fear you will lose your job and have no income to pay bills. Victims may be unable to function. Some develop depression and anxiety. Workplace stress affects one’s personal life, as well.

As an employee, it is important that you understand your legal rights.
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What the Law Says

As an employee, it is important that you understand your legal rights. Federal, State and New York City Law makes it illegal for employers to discriminate or retaliate against employees. The law prohibits discrimination based on age, race, creed, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or membership in other protected classes.

A person should not face discrimination for engaging in legal activities outside of the workplace.

When they are off the clock, what an employee does should not be of concern to their employers. Engaging in political activities or representing a union are allowed. None of these factors have to do with work performance, which is a legitimate reason to fire someone.

If you feel as though you are being discriminated against, you should contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C.. An employment attorney can help you navigate the process. Proving these claims can be challenging, so you need someone who knows how to gather the evidence you need to achieve a favorable outcome.

Queens and Long Island

Labor Employment Lawyers in Queens and Long Island

Firm Success Stories




Ricotta and Marks, P.C. recently represented a teacher who was retaliated against after she shot down the principal’s sexual demands. The Department of Education denied any wrongdoing, but our firm took her case to court.

A Brooklyn federal jury awarded the
woman $523,000.

We defend whistleblowers, as well. An East Flatbush hospital routinely performed bad lab work. They told numerous patients that they tested positive for HIV when they did not. When an employee spoke up, she faced harassment and retaliation.

Our firm is helping this woman fight for her rights and receive the compensation she deserves.
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Ricotta Marks

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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