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Marital Status Discrimination

Top-Rated Employment Lawyers Handling Marital Status Discrimination Cases in Long Island

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Long Island marital status discrimination lawyers are passionate and solutions-focused advocates for employees. We fight tirelessly to protect the rights of our clients. You should be assessed based on your performance, qualifications, and individual merits—not on stereotypes or preconceived notions based on your marital status.

If you have any questions about marital status discrimination in New York, we can help. Call us at 347-464-8694 for a completely confidential employment law consultation.

New York State Law Prohibits Marital Status Discrimination in Employment

Marital status discrimination occurs when an employee or job applicant is treated differently based on their marriage, or lack thereof. There is no federal labor law that prevents marital status discrimination. Indeed, in some states, employees have no protection against discrimination on the basis of marital status. Fortunately, New York provides state-level legal protections. Under New York law (N.Y. Human Rights Law § 296.1), workers are entitled to equal opportunity as a civil right and they cannot be discriminated against because of “age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, marital status, or disability.” Here is how marital status discrimination typically manifests itself in the workplace:

  • Married People Can Face Discrimination: In some cases, employees face marital status discrimination because of the fact that they are married. Most often, this type of marital status discrimination happens because an employer is “worried” that a worker’s family and personal obligations will distract them from their job. In New York, companies and organizations are not allowed to use marriage to filter out certain employees. An employer cannot refuse to hire qualified employees simply because they are married. If you suffered marital status discrimination in Long Island due to your marriage, call a New York employment lawyer for help.
  • Unmarried People Can Face Discrimination: Unmarried people also face marital status discrimination in the workplace. Overwhelmingly, this type of marital status discrimination falls on single mothers. An employee may refuse to offer a job position to an applicant simply because she is a single mother. In New York, this is strictly prohibited. That an employee is unmarried—whether male, female, parent, or non-parent cannot be used against them to deny equal employment opportunities. If you were treated unfavorably simply because you are not married, an experienced Long Island marital status discrimination attorney will protect your rights.
  • Everyone is protected under New York’s anti-marital status discrimination statute. Whether you are married or unmarried, an employer should not use that as a justification to deny you full and equal employment opportunities. As marital status discrimination takes a wide range of different forms, it is crucial that every case is carefully investigated by an experienced attorney. If you have any specific questions about what happened to you in the workplace, please contact our Long Island marital status discrimination lawyers for immediate assistance.

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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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Our lawyers are prepared to represent clients who face any type of employment discrimination such as:
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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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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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You Can Rely on the New York Employment Lawyers at Ricotta & Marks

Marital discrimination cases are complicated.

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we have decades of experience holding employers accountable in a broad range of workplace discrimination cases. Your marital status should not deny you equal employment opportunities. We are ready to protect your rights and help you find a solution. Among other things, our Long Island employment law attorneys will:

  • Provide an in-depth review of your marital status discrimination case;
  • Answer questions and discuss your legal rights;
  • Investigate the employment issue—gathering evidence and information; and
  • Take aggressive action to get you justice and compensation.

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Contact Our Long Island Marital Status Discrimination Attorneys for Immediate Help

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our New York employment law attorneys have the legal training, expertise, and tenacity to represent you with the entire spectrum of marital discrimination claims. If you or your loved one was the victim of marital status discrimination in the workplace, we are here to help. Contact our legal team at 347-464-8694 to set up your fully private initial consultation. We represent employees in marital status discrimination claims throughout all of Long Island, including in Queens County, Kings County, Nassau County, and Suffolk County.

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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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