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Long Island Race Discrimination Lawyers

Race Discrimination

New York Race Discrimination Attorneys Serving Employees on Long Island

Everyone on Long Island should be able to apply for jobs and go to work without concerns about experience discrimination on the basis of race.

Yet racial discrimination can occur in hiring practices, promotion practices, and termination practices. When an employee believes they have been the subject of racial discrimination in the Long Island workplace, it is essential to find out more about filing a claim. Generally speaking, you may be able to file a claim under either federal or New York state law, but New York state law tends to provide broader protections to employees and to apply to more workplaces.

If you need advice about filing a race discrimination claim, you should seek advice from one of our experienced Long Island race discrimination lawyers today.

What is Race Discrimination on Long Island?

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), race discrimination includes treating someone unfavorably because he or she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race. The EEOC further explains that race discrimination and color discrimination are closely related, as color discrimination includes treating someone unfavorably because of skin color complexion. In some cases, race or color discrimination also involves unfavorable treatment of an employee or job applicant because that employee or applicant is married to, dating, or otherwise associated with a person of a certain race.

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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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Long Island Race Discrimination Prohibitions Under Federal and State Law

Race or color discrimination is prohibited under federal and New York state law. The following are the applicable laws prohibiting racial discrimination in the workplace:

The EEOC enforces Title VII, while the New York State Division of Human Rights enforces the NYHRL. In addition to prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race in hiring, firing, and promotion decisions, these laws also prohibit retaliation against an employee because that employee exercised his or her rights under the law. Retaliation can take many different forms, including but not limited to:

  • Terminating an employee;
  • Demoting a worker;
  • Refusing to continue providing benefits or privileges to a worker;
  • Excessive supervision of an employee;
  • Transferring an employee to an undesirable worksite or shift; or
  • Engaging in acts of verbal or physical abuse against the employee.

Retaliation can affect employees who have complained about being unlawfully subjected to race discrimination, as well as employees who participate in complaint processes or investigations.

Harassment on the Basis of Race in the Long Island Workplace

Race discrimination can also take the form of harassment on the basis of race. As the EEOC explains, it’s against the law to harass a person because of that person’s race. Yet it is important to be clear about what constitutes unlawful harassment and what does not. The EEOC underscores that the law doesn’t prohibit teasing or offhand comments, but rather only says harassment is unlawful when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile work environment or when it leads to an adverse employment decision.

Examples of harassment on the basis of a person’s race or color might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Racial slurs;
  • Offensive remarks about a person’s race; or
  • Display of racially offensive symbols in the workplace.

Multiple parties can be responsible for harassment on the basis of race, including an employer, a co-worker, a vendor, a servicer, a client, and even a customer. Employers are required to have policies in place to handle racial discrimination and harassment claims that arise in the workplace, and if they do not have such policies, they may be liable for those acts of discrimination or harassment.

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Long Island Race Discrimination Does Not Have to Involve a Perpetrator of a Different Race

It is important to understand that there is no specific race requirement to have a case of unlawful race discrimination. To be clear, a person who discriminates against a person on the basis of race or color can share that racial identity with the person and still engage in an act of unlawful discrimination.

Seek Help from a Long Island Race Discrimination Attorney

When you are facing race discrimination in your Long Island workplace, you need an aggressive Long Island race discrimination lawyer who can help you to make your workplace a safe and fair environment, and to hold the employer accountable. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. online as soon as possible or call us at 347-464-8694 to learn more about the services we provide to employees in New York.

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