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Long Island Wage & Hour Victims Lawyers

Wage & Hour

Our Experienced Lawyers Are Here To Help You Get The Money You Deserve

Working is a wonderful thing. Having work–especially work that’s enjoyable–can provide a sense of purpose and intellectual stimulation. And of course, having work means earning a wage, something that’s essential to be able to pay for one’s numerous costs of living and other expenditures. What can be incredibly frustrating for an employee, then, is being a victim of a wage and hour violation. If you have been denied wages that you’re owed or have otherwise had your rights as an employee infringed upon, our Long Island wage and hour violation lawyers at the office of Ricotta & Marks, P.C. are here to support you. Call our law firm directly today for your free consultation.

Queens and Long Island

Labor Employment Lawyers in Queens and Long Island

Advocating on Behalf of

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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Types of Wage and Hour Cases We Work On

Our lawyers work on numerous wage and hour case types, as well various cases involving employees’ rights. Consider the following common types of wage and hour cases we take on, and call us for information that’s specific to your case–

  • Unpaid overtime violations. When certain employees work over 40 hours a week (or over 44 hours in some cases), they are entitled to overtime pay. The rate of overtime is either 1.5 times the employee’s normal hourly wage, or 1.5 times the minimum wage of the state of New York, depending on the employee’s classification. While it is true that some employees are exempt from overtime pay, most employees should be compensated for hours worked over 40.
  • Minimum wage violations. The minimum wage in Long Island is above the federal minimum age, which is only $7.25 per hour. In Long Island and Westchester, NY, the minimum wage will be set at $15/hour for 2021. If an employee is being paid less than the minimum wage, their rights may be being violated and they may be entitled to compensation. It’s important to consult with an attorney.
  • Tipped employee violations. The rules regarding tipped employees in our state can be challenging to navigate. According to a fact sheet published by the New York Department of Labor, the minimum wage for tipped food service workers in Long Island is $9.35 in cash wages + $4.65 in tip credits for a minimum wage of $14/hour. For tipped service employees, the minimum wage is $11.65 in cash wages and $2.35 in tip credit for a total of $14/hour. Tipped employees’ rights are being violated if, between wages and tipped earnings, they earn less than the minimum wage.
  • Unpaid wage violations. Perhaps even worse than the violations above, which may happen without an employer’s intent, is simply withholding wages. An employer may withhold wages in retaliation, because of payroll errors, or other reasons. In any case, an employee has the right to seek unpaid wages, and should retail legal help to do so.

Call Our Long Island Wage and Hour Victims Lawyers Today

If you are a victim of a wage and hour violation, you have legal rights. Call our Long Island wage and hour victims lawyers directly today at 347-464-8694 for a free consultation and an overview of your rights and options. We have the experience you’re looking for and truly care about our clients.

Ricotta Marks

Ricotta & Marks, P.C.

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