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Usual Wage Victims

Usual Wage Victims

Employment Attorneys Handling Under-the-Table Compensation Claims in New York

It is very common for employers in New York to pay their employees in cash. If you are one of the thousands of New Yorkers who receive payment “under the table,” you may face some serious consequences in the future. While paying a worker in cash is permissible, employers that do so must still accurately report income and pay taxes on behalf of the employee. When they fail to do so, they are putting the worker at an unacceptable risk.

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our top-rated Queens under-the-table compensation attorneys are skilled, results-driven advocates for employees. With decades of collective employment law experience, we handle the full range of wage and hour claims. To schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced New York under-the-table compensation attorney, please contact us at our Queens or Long Island offices today.

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Labor Employment Lawyers in Queens and Long Island

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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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Unreported Employment

Unreported Employment

Employees Paid Under-the-Table Lack Protection

As described by the New York State Department of Labor, there are strict rules and regulations regarding how and when workers should be paid. Employers that pay workers ‘under-the-table’ are putting their staff at risk. When employment income is not reported, taxes are likely not being paid by one or both parties. As time goes by, an employee may end up in a vulnerable position. If you are paid off the books, you may face significant problems in the long run. Potential problems include:

  • Tax Penalties: Under state and federal law, employees are required to report income and pay taxes regardless of whether their employer does so. An employee paid under-the-table is being put at risk of facing additional tax liability by both state and federal authorities.
  • No Retirement Benefits: Social Security and Medicare benefits are funded through payroll taxes. If you do not pay into the system (because your wages are paid under-the-table), you could miss out on future benefits. When you reach retirement age, you will not be able to claim Social Security or Medicare if you have not “paid enough” into the system.
  • No Injury/Disability Protection: If you acquire a disability that prevents you from working, you will not have access to Social Security Disability benefits. And if you are injured at work, you will not be able to pursue workers’ compensation. If you lose your job, you may not be able to qualify for unemployment benefits.
  • In short, unreported employment can leave you unprotected. All of the workplace benefits that so many of your fellow workers have sacrificed for—from retirement benefits to unemployment compensation—may be out of reach. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens wage and hour lawyers are here to help.

Queens, New York Labor Law Attorneys for Unreported Employment

Even if you have been working for cash for years, we can work with your employer to rectify the situation and legitimize your compensation processes. Under the law, your employer may be required to pay your portion of Social Security and Medicare taxes, thus making you eligible for benefits in the future.

You may fear that if you report an employer for paying cash, you will lose your job, but the law protects you from this sort of retaliation. Our lawyers will enforce your rights to the fullest extent of the law. If you have been retaliated against for complaining about being paid under the table, call our New York employment lawyers as soon as possible. We can help.

Why Choose the Queens Employment Lawyers at Ricotta & Marks

Wage and hour claims are complicated. If you were or are being paid under the table it is normal to be stressed out and overwhelmed at the prospect of taking legal action. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we have the experience to best protect your rights and interests. While there are many law firms that dabble in employment law, our entire practice is dedicated to representing employees. Among other things, our New York under-the-table compensation attorneys will:

  • Conduct a confidential, comprehensive review of your case;
  • Advise you or your legal rights and legal options;
  • Gather all relevant paperwork, documents, and records; and
  • Craft a personalized legal strategy designed to get you the best outcome.

We are committed to providing cost effective representation to employees. In fact, our Queens employment lawyers take on many wage and hour cases on a contingency fee basis. We will help you find a solution that best suits your specific situation.

Call Our New York Under-the-Table Compensation Lawyers for Immediate Help

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our New York employment attorneys are skilled, solutions-oriented advocates for worker rights. We are always ready to take aggressive action on behalf of our clients. If you have questions about under-the-table wages or unreported employment, our lawyers are ready to help.

Contact our office by calling (347) 727-0661 to set up a confidential, no obligation review of your case. Our Long Island City, Queens, office is conveniently located near many subway stations. We have experience representing employees in New York City, Long Island, and throughout the surrounding region.

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Ricotta & Marks, P.C.

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