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Mediations and Arbitration

New York Employment Attorneys With Extensive Experience Representing Clients in Mediation and Arbitration

Litigation is highly effective, but the process can be more difficult than some people expect. It is not the right tool for every situation. Fortunately, mediation and arbitration are alternatives to litigation that offer many tangible benefits. Our law firm provides reliable, results-focused mediation and arbitration services to clients throughout the New York City area.

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens employment mediation and arbitration attorneys have the skills and knowledge to protect your rights. We have deep experience representing clients in mediation proceedings and arbitration proceedings. No matter the specific circumstances of your case, our legal team is ready to help you find the best path forward. Call our Queens or Long Island law office now for a confidential, no obligation review of your case.

New York Employment Mediation Lawyer

A form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation is essentially a voluntary, formal negotiation during which the parties can come together before a neutral third party in a good faith effort to resolve their dispute and reach a settlement. While not right for every employment law claim, mediation offers many advantages. It might be the best path forward in your case. Some notable benefits of mediation include:

  • Faster resolutions. Courts are busy, which means it can take months just to get a court date. Mediation can be completed in less time, and clients receive settlements sooner.
  • Preserve Relationships. As the goal of mediation is to reach a settlement, the process is not directly adversarial. An advantage of this is that it can help preserve relationships between the parties. Mediation is especially useful for employees who wish to/plan to keep working with their employer after the case is resolved.
  • Confidentiality. Litigation is public. If you go to court, potential employers may discover that you sued a previous employer, making it difficult for you to find work. Mediation, on the other hand, is confidential. By choosing mediation, you can protect your career.
  • Reduced risk. In court, the final decision is up to a judge. You could win or walk away with nothing. Mediation allows you and your employer to work out an agreement that will be beneficial to both sides, leading to a more favorable result.

Our employment mediation lawyers are prepared to mediate cases involving all of the issues we handle, from wage and hour disputes to wrongful termination. Contact our Queens or Long Island law office to find out more about employment mediation.

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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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How Our New York Employment Arbitration Attorneys Can Help

Another form of alternative dispute resolution, arbitration is often used to resolve disputes in employment law cases. In contrast to mediation, arbitration is not a voluntary negotiation. Instead, arbitration is essentially a mini, more efficient version of a trial. A neutral third party (the arbitrator) will be brought in to hear the case and act as the judge and the jury. Our experience with arbitration is extensive and includes a variety of venues. Many employment contracts contain arbitration clauses, which we are prepared to handle efficiently and effectively.

Why Trust the Employment Lawyers at Ricotta & Marks

Unlike some other law firms that dabble in many different practice areas, employment law is our exclusive focus. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we have considerable experience handling complex employer-employee conflicts and our attorneys always carefully consider options for alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. When you call our Queens office, you will have a chance to consult with an employment lawyer who will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of your employment law case;
  • Consider the risks and benefits mediation or arbitration; and
  • Craft a legal strategy focused on getting the best outcome.

We are proud to provide personal attention and service to each and every client. Employment disputes are complicated. Cookie cutter solutions are simply not effective. Our Queens employment mediation and arbitration lawyers are selective in the cases we take on—ensuring that every client gets the time and focus that they deserve.

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Call Our New York Employment Mediation & Arbitration Attorneys

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our New York employment lawyers have extensive experience representing clients in mediation and arbitration. We are here to protect your rights and help you find the best solution. Contact us now for a completely confidential consultation. You can learn more about the benefits of mediation and arbitration by calling Ricotta & Marks, P.C., at 347-464-8694. Our Queens office is conveniently located within walking distance of several subways. We represent clients in Queens, 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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