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Long Island Gender Discrimination Lawyers

Gender Discrimination

New York Employment Discrimination Attorneys Assisting Workers Facing Gender Discrimination

Gender discrimination does not belong in the Long Island workplace. Whether you discovered that you are being paid substantially less than another employee who has the same job title and duty as you on the basis of gender, or you have faced harassment in the workplace because of your gender, one of the dedicated and experienced Long Island gender discrimination lawyers at our firm can assist you.

Understanding Long Island Laws Prohibiting Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Gender discrimination can be unlawful under both federal law and state law. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) clarifies that “discrimination against an individual because of gender identity, including transgender status, or because of sexual orientation is discrimination because of sex in violation of Title VII.”

The New York State Human Rights Law expressly prohibits gender discrimination in employment, stating that “the opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, marital status, or disability, is hereby recognized as and declared to be a civil right.”

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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New York State Law Provides More Specific Protection for Employees in Gender Discrimination Claims

Although the EEOC makes clear that it interprets the prohibition against sex discrimination under Title VII to include gender discrimination, New York State law tends to provide clearer protections to employees who face discrimination on the basis of gender, gender identity, or gender expression given that those protections are written directly into the law.

Examples of Gender Discrimination in the Long Island Workplace

There are many different forms that workplace gender discrimination can take. The following are just some examples of unlawful gender discrimination in the workplace:

  • Employer advertises a job and requests that applicants only be of a particular gender (e.g., “Men Applicants Only”);
  • Employer decides to promote employees on the basis of gender;
  • Employer decides to demote employees on the basis of gender;
  • Co-workers, clients, vendors, or anyone else within the work environment makes pervasive and discriminatory comments about gender that create a hostile work environment;
  • Employer terminates an employee after the employer discovers that the employee is transgender or transitioning;
  • Employer pays employees of one gender significantly less than employees of another gender who all perform similar work;
  • Employer treats an employee differently because of how the employer perceives that employee’s gender;
  • Employer requires an employee to perform sexual favors in order to avoid being demoted or terminated; or
  • Employer takes adverse action against an employee who files a gender discrimination claim.

These are just some examples of unlawful gender discrimination in the Long Island workplace. If you believe you have experienced unlawful gender discrimination, you should reach out to an experienced Long Island gender discrimination attorney as soon as possible to have your case assessed.

Learning More About Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

While you might not immediately realize sexual harassment as a form of gender discrimination, it is important to understand that sex and gender discrimination certainly can include sexual harassment in the workplace. Generally speaking, there are two different types of sexual harassment that can be considered forms of gender discrimination:

  • Quid pro quo (or “this for that”) harassment, in which an employer requests or demands sexual acts or favors from an employee in exchange for privileges or protections at work; or
  • Hostile workplace discrimination, which results from an employer, co-worker, client, or other person in the workplace who engages in pervasive deeply offensive acts of gender discrimination such that the behavior creates a hostile work environment.

In hostile work environment claims, gender discrimination can involve use of specific language or behavior against an employee as a result of that employee’s gender, or it can include behavior that is not directly targeted at a specific employee, such as repeatedly using language or displaying images that demonstrate gender discrimination.

Seek Advice from a Long Island Gender Discrimination Lawyer

Gender discrimination should not exist in any workplace, and employees often find it difficult to come forward with a claim alleging gender discrimination due to fear of retaliation. We want you to know that the experienced and aggressive Long Island gender discrimination attorneys at our firm will do everything we can to make your workplace safe and fair for you. Nobody should face discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity in the workplace. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. online to learn more about how our firm can assist you with your gender discrimination claim or call us at 347-464-8694 to speak with a lawyer about your case.

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