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Mediations and Arbitration

Mediations and Arbitration

New York Employment Attorneys Assisting with Long Island Mediation and Arbitration

When you have an employment law dispute, our Long Island mediation and arbitration lawyers can assist you with alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options to resolve the dispute as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Under New York law, mediation and arbitration are both forms of alternative dispute resolution that can be used in a wide variety of legal cases, from family law to employment law, to avoid litigation. Although mediation and arbitration are both types of ADR, it is important to understand the differences between them. Whether you need assistance with an employment contract dispute or a wrongful termination case, our attorneys can speak with you about the potential benefits of mediation or arbitration.

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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
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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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Understanding Long Island Mediation and Arbitration

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration, and is one preferable to the other when it comes to resolving an employment dispute? While both mediation and arbitration are forms of ADR, we want to clarify the similarities and differences between them.

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third-party known as a mediator helps the disputing parties to communicate, negotiate, and ultimately to resolve their dispute. The mediator does not take on the role of a judge or of a figure who hears both sides of the case. Instead, the mediator facilitates dialogue between the disputing parties to help them reach a resolution. If the parties do reach a resolution, then they can enter into a binding agreement to resolve the dispute. Otherwise, if the parties cannot reach an agreement, then the mediation is not binding in any manner, and the parties can move onto litigation.

In arbitration, there is also a neutral third-party known as the arbitrator, but the arbitrator—unlike a mediator—does play a role that is more similar to the role of a judge. The arbitrator will hear both parties’ sides of the case and will make a decision that is typically binding. Unlike mediation, if you are unhappy with the outcome of the arbitration, you cannot take your case to court to be heard by a judge.

Benefits of Mediation and Arbitration on Long Island

There are numerous benefits to mediation and arbitration, including the following:

  • Issues in dispute remain private and confidential;
  • Dispute can be resolved more quickly; and
  • Dispute can be resolved in a more cost-effective manner.

In mediation, the parties also tend to improve communication skills with one another, which can be beneficial for an ongoing business relationship.

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Contact Our Long Island Mediation and Arbitration Attorneys for Assistance

If you have an employment law dispute, a dedicated and experienced Long Island mediation and arbitration attorney at our firm can assist you. If you do go through mediation in order to resolve your dispute but the mediation fails, you can rest assured that we are prepared to take your case to court and to advocate for your rights before a judge. Our firm has years of experience handling ADR and litigation cases in the employment law context, and we can begin working with you today. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. online or call us today at (347) 464-8694 for more information.

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