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Long Island Employment Contracts Lawyers

Employment Contracts

New York Employment Contracts Attorneys Serving Long Island Employees

When you are offered a new position at your current place of employment or with a new employer on Long Island, you may receive an employment contract from your employer. As you may know, New York is an at-will employment state, which means that employers and employees generally have the ability to terminate the employment relationship at any point in time for reasons that do not violate state or federal law. However, with an employment contract, you can enter into a different type of relationship with your employer in which both you and your employer may have certain rights and responsibilities concerning your employment.

It is critical to seek advice from our Long Island employment contracts lawyers before you sign an employment contract. Yet even if you have already signed an employment contract, our firm can help you to determine your rights, responsibilities, and options under the existing contract.

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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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Drafting and Negotiating Long Island Employment Contracts

The dedicated employment contracts lawyers at Ricotta & Marks, P.C. regularly assist employees with drafting and negotiating employment contracts. Some of the issues and agreements we can assist you with include but are not limited to:

  • Non-competition agreements (or non-compete agreements): Non-compete agreements are designed to protect an employer’s business interests in limiting an employee’s ability to conduct certain types of business for a particular amount of time in a specific region after that employee leaves the job. As the New York State Attorney General’s Office explains, non-compete agreements are only enforceable when they are necessary to protect the employer’s interests when they do not impose an undue hardship on the employee, when they do not harm the public, and when they are reasonable in both time and geographic scope.
  • Non-solicitation agreements: Non-solicitation agreements exist between employers and workers to protect an employer’s business interests by preventing the worker from leaving the job and soliciting business from the employer’s current or former clients. Like non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements are only enforceable if certain elements are met.
  • Non-disclosure agreements, or NDAs: Non-disclosure agreements are designed to prevent an employee from leaving the job and taking trade secrets or other information from the business to a new job or a new employer. In New York, non-disclosure agreements are generally enforceable unless they pertain to issues of unlawful discrimination or retaliation in the workplace.
  • Severance agreements: Employees and employers can enter into an agreement about how a worker will be paid or compensated in the event of a layoff, termination, or decision to leave the job.

Contact an Experienced Long Island Employment Contracts Attorney Today

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we are committed to providing representation to employees on Long Island and throughout New York. Our Long Island employment contracts attorneys know how critical it is for employees to have fair employment contracts with equitable terms. We can assist you with your employment contract at any stage of the process, from drafting or negotiating terms to representing you in a contract dispute. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. online or call our firm at (347) 464-8694 for more information.

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