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Employer Defense

Employer Defense

Employer Defense

Get Help From a Top Employer Defense Attorney in New York City

A business or organization is only as strong as its relationships with its employees. Employee disputes can arise for a wide range of different reasons—from questions about wage and hour practices to allegations of workplace discrimination. These disputes can be expensive for small and medium-sized businesses to handle. If a dispute drags on, it can cause serious financial distress for an employer.

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we are committed to helping employers resolve disputes in an efficient, cost-effective manner. With experience representing clients throughout New York City, our Queens employer defense attorneys provide reliable, solutions-focused legal representation. To set up a strictly confidential, no commitment initial consultation with a top-rated New York employer defense lawyer, please call our Queens law office today.

We Handle the Full Range of Employment Law Claims

Regardless of the specific circumstances of your case, our Queens employer defense lawyers are ready to help. Our legal practice is solely devoted to employment law and our attorneys have experience handling a wide range of legal matters. We represent employers in disputes involving a broad spectrum of issues, including:

  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation against whistleblowers
  • FMLA violations
  • Labor law and union issues; and
  • Employment contracts.

Since we also handle the plaintiff side of each of these issues, we are in a strong position to represent employers. We are able to anticipate the arguments that the other side is likely to make and construct your defense accordingly. Our sole focus is employment law — our understanding of this area of the law is extensive.

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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New York Discrimination Claims Defense Lawyer

A significant portion of our cases involve allegations of workplace discrimination. In representing plaintiffs, our attorneys have a wealth of experience and knowledge in building and pursuing discrimination claims. We also know that allegations of discrimination can heavily impact the reputation of your business or organization. We are ready to help you find the best path forward. Our attorneys defend employers against discrimination claims of all types such as:

  • Gender discrimination
  • Pregnancy discrimination
  • Sexual orientation discrimination
  • Transgender discrimination
  • Disability discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • Age discrimination
  • Criminal record discrimination
  • Familial status discrimination

In defending employment discrimination cases, we always start with a detail-focused investigation of the facts. You need to know exactly what is being alleged and what happened. By performing a thorough examination of the evidence and interviewing other employees, our employer discrimination defense attorneys can construct a strong defense.

Employer Defense: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Every employment law claim is different. The approach that works well in one case may not be the right strategy for your company. Our goal is always to get the best long-term outcome for clients. In some cases, that means building an aggressive defense. In other cases, that means looking for a resolution in the settlement. Our New York employer defense lawyers have extensive experience representing clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings. Mediation and arbitration are alternatives to litigation that can help you decrease costs, resolve problems sooner and keep the dispute confidential. We are prepared to help you resolve any of the issues listed above through mediation or arbitration.

Why Rely on the Employer Defense Lawyers at Ricotta & Marks

One of the key things that sets our employer defense attorneys apart is that we frequently represent plaintiffs in employment law claims. With a true understanding of how the other side is going to bring their case, our attorneys bring unique insights to the table. Our experience helps us effectively defend our clients. We are ready to take immediate action to protect your rights. Among other things, our Queens, NY employer defense attorneys will:

  • Answer questions and explain your options during a comprehensive consultation;
  • Thoroughly investigate the dispute—securing all relevant evidence;
  • Consider options for settlement, including through mediation and arbitration; and
  • Create a defense strategy designed to protect the interests of your business or organization.

Your case matters. Our Queens employer defense lawyers will put in the energy and resources necessary to ensure the best possible outcome. With more than 35 years of combined employment law experience, our New York City attorneys are here to protect your rights.

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Contact Our Queens Employer Defense Attorneys for Immediate Help

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our New York employer defense lawyers are skilled, experienced advocates for clients. We are focused on providing businesses and organizations with cost-effective legal services. Contact us for a completely confidential initial consultation. With a conveniently located office in Queens, we represent employers throughout the region, including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, and beyond.

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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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