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Long Island Employment Discrimination

Employment Discrimination

Long Island Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination is unlawful in any aspect of employment on Long Island, including hiring, promoting, and terminating workers.

There are many different forms that employment discrimination can take, and it is critical for workers to understand their rights under The New York State Human Rights Law and under various federal laws. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we are committed to representing employees in a wide variety of workplace discrimination cases. We know that discrimination of any type in the workplace can be devastating for the employee who is the target of that discrimination, yet we also know that employment discrimination can be demoralizing for other employees who know about it or face retaliation after participating in investigations or other complaint practices.

If you have questions about filing a workplace discrimination claim, or if you need assistance determining whether the behavior or actions you have encountered in your workplace amount to unlawful discrimination, one of the dedicated Long Island employment discrimination attorneys at our firm can assist you.

Our Long Island Workplace Discrimination Lawyers Handle a Wide Variety of Claims

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we routinely assist employees with a wide variety of workplace discrimination cases, including but not limited to the following:

Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination may occur as a result of discrimination. If you believe you were terminated from your job for a discriminatory reason, it is critical to seek advice from a workplace discrimination lawyer in Long Island.

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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Discrimination on the Basis of Race, National Origin, Sex, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Pregnancy, and Genetic Information

Both federal law and New York state law provide protections against discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, pregnancy, and genetic information. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the relevant federal law concerning these forms of discrimination. The New York State Human Rights Law provides broader protections than federal law, expressly prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. It is also important to know that sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination under state and federal law. As such, both quid pro quo and hostile work environment sexual harassment are prohibited in the Long Island workplace.

Federal and state law also protects against retaliation for exercising your rights under these laws. If your employer takes any adverse action against you for filing a claim, participating in an investigation, or being involved in any way in the discrimination complaint process, you may be able to file a claim. Retaliation can include termination, demotion, being denied certain benefits or options, and any other adverse action.

Age Discrimination & Disability Discrimination

It is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of age. Under New York state law and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employers cannot refuse to hire a person because they are aged 40 or older, advertise a job only to employees of a certain age, or terminate an employee if the employer thinks the worker has gotten too old, or that a younger worker could do a better job. Similar to other workplace discrimination protections, employers are also prohibited from retaliating against an employee who exercises his or her rights against age discrimination in a Long Island workplace.
It is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of their disability. Both New York State law and Title I of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibit discrimination due to a disability. Disabilities can take many different forms, as can disability-related discrimination. Some disabilities are bodily or physical in nature, while other disabilities may be “invisible” disabilities that affect a person’s emotional or psychological health.

Disability law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with documented disabilities, and it prohibits an employer from using a person’s disability in making decisions about hiring, firing, promotion, or other workplace actions.

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Contact a Long Island Employment Discrimination Lawyer for Assistance

If you have faced workplace discrimination on Long Island, or if you need help filing a claim under state or federal law, an experienced and aggressive Long Island employment discrimination lawyer can begin working with you on the claims process today. We can help you to determine whether you should file your claim under state or federal law, and we will represent your interests every step of the way. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. for assistance with your case. You can reach us online or by calling 347-464-8694.

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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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