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Gender Discrimination

Gender Discrimination

New York Gender Discrimination Lawyers
Helping Employees in Queens

Sex or gender discrimination can occur in a wide variety of ways in workplaces in and around Queens. Sometimes sex or gender discrimination will be subtle, and an employee may not be sure whether it makes sense to speak with an attorney about the issue. In other cases, gender discrimination is blatant and overt. For example, an employer may place a job advertisement that says something like, “women need not apply.” Regardless of whether you have suspicions about gender discrimination or clear evidence of gender discrimination, it is important to seek advice from our Queens gender discrimination attorneys. While some cases of gender discrimination in the workplace may obvious, employees should remember that subtle acts of discrimination also occur much too frequently, and it is just as important to prevent these acts of discrimination in the New York workplace.

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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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What is Gender Discrimination in the Queens Workplace?

Sex or gender discrimination in the workplace can occur in any industry and on any type of jobsite. In many cases, gender discrimination is treated as a form of sex discrimination, or discriminating against a prospective employee or current employee on the basis of sex.

Under federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sex. While this federal law does not explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, many courts have interpreted the prohibition against sex discrimination as a prohibition against gender discrimination and in many cases discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

New York State law generally has broader protections against gender discrimination and discrimination on the basis of gender identity than those provided by federal law. Under state law, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and the New York State Human Rights Law prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, and gender identity or expression.

Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Federal and state law recognize that sex and gender discrimination can take many forms, including sexual harassment in the workplace.

There are two primary types of sexual harassment that are prohibited by Title VII: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment claims. With sexual harassment claims, it is important for employees to know that they do not need to be the target of the sexual harassment in order to have a valid claim. To be sure, sexual harassment can be offensive to any employee in the workplace and may rise to the level of creating a hostile work environment. While many other types of discrimination must be perpetrated by an employer or co-worker to be actionable, it is essential to know that sexual harassment claims can be brought whether the harassment is caused by an employer, a co-worker, or even a customer or client.

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Vocation Gender

Vocation Gender

Your Gender Shouldn’t Determine Your Vocation

Many industries have stereotypes for which gender they attract. Women tend to be teachers; men tend to be in sales. Stereotypes do not define everyone, nor should they affect hiring when a competent person applies for a job not typically held by his or her gender. Further, there are industries that tend to push one sex or the other into certain jobs. All of this is gender discrimination and you don’t have to tolerate it.

Representing Women and Men In New York

Many women in particular have to face the inability to obtain employment, unfair firings and limitations to their upward mobility because of the deeply ingrained stereotypes held by employers.

Women are not the only ones who suffer from gender or sex discrimination, however. In this changing world, where women are breaking the glass ceilings every day, more and more men can suffer the same treatment they have been perpetrating for years. For either sex, not hiring or promoting someone, or paying them differently, based on their gender is illegal and you need to stand up for your rights.

Come in and tell our attorneys your story. Our thorough understanding of the law will help us discover the instances of discrimination against you as we talk, so we can give you all of the options available to go forward.

Call our gender discrimination attorneys at 347-727-0661 or contact us online to discuss your situation.

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You also have the right to expect that if you report this discriminatory behavior to your human resources department or other appropriate authority, you shouldn’t be retaliated against for doing so. This can take place as harassment, a sudden shift in your performance reviews or disciplinary actions being taken against you.

The Federal statute of limitations on filing for a discrimination case dictates that you must file within 300 days of an adverse action. So, if one week your boss says he or she objects to you because of your sex and the next week fires you because of your sex, you need to file within 300 days of the first event for both of them to be considered in your case. If your case is older than 300 days, don’t worry, we can still help you in state court if it is less than three years since you experienced discrimination or retaliation.

The sooner you come in and talk to us, the more we can help. Memories fade quickly, and companies can paper over events that took place. Our lawyers know what to look for and how to use it to your best advantage. We are not afraid to take your case to court to bring it to a successful resolution.

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Gender Discrimination Attorneys

Whether you have faced discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in your workplace, you may be able to file a federal or state law claim. Our aggressive Queens gender discrimination lawyers will work tirelessly to show that your rights have been violated and that you are entitled to a remedy. Call Ricotta & Marks, P.C., at 347-727-0661 or send us an e-mail to schedule your free initial consultation today.

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Ricotta & Marks, P.C.

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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