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Usual Wage Victims

Usual Wage Victims

We Represent Victims of Wage and Hour Violations in New York

Federal, state, and local wage and hour regulations were enacted to ensure that employees receive full and fair pay for their hard work. Companies and organizations that violate wage and hour laws should be held legally liable. Though employees in any profession can face wage and hour violations, there are some workers who see this problem more often than others.

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens wage and hour attorneys are proud to provide reliable, results-focused advocacy to employees. If your labor rights were violated, we are here to offer guidance and support. To set up a confidential, no obligation initial consultation with a top-rated New York wage and hour lawyer, please do not hesitate to call our Queens or Long Island law offices today.

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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We Handle the Full Range of Wage and Hour Claims in Queens, Long Island, Brooklyn, and New York, NY

In New York, workers of all types turn to Ricotta & Marks, P.C., for assistance with wage and hour violations. With a deep understanding of the applicable federal and state laws, we have the skills, experience, and knowledge to handle all types of wage and hour claims. Among other types of cases, this includes:

  • Minimum Wage Violations: All employees are owed a minimum wage. New York’s minimum wage is well above the federal minimum wage. As of 2020, the minimum wage is $15.00 in New York City and $11.80 per hour across most of the rest of New York State. Employees paid less than minimum wage may be entitled to financial compensation.
  • Unpaid Overtime: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime wages when working more than 40 hours per week. Our Queens, NY wage and hour attorneys represent clients in the full range of unpaid overtime claims.
  • Tipped Wage Violations: If your employer failed to pay you tips that you earned or implemented a tip credit system without informing you, you may have a claim against your employer. Our attorneys will take action to ensure that you receive the tips that you worked so hard to earn.
  • Unpaid Wages/Last Paycheck: Employers must accurately record hours worked and pay employees the full wages that they have earned. If your wages were unpaid—particularly if you never received your last paycheck—our New York City wage and hour attorneys can help.

Wage and Hour Representation for Vulnerable Workers in New York

Although wage and hour violations can occur in every industry, some workers are at a heightened risk. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we take action to protect workers who are particularly vulnerable to wage and hour violations. Some workers who are commonly the victims of wage and hour violations include:

  • Waiters and waitresses
  • Caterers
  • Bartenders
  • Mortgage brokers
  • Entertainers
  • Leisure boat staff
  • Doormen
  • Valets
  • Cab drivers/pedicab drivers
  • Hair stylists
  • Massage therapists
  • Nail technicians
  • Sommeliers
  • Construction workers
  • Bus boys
  • Gardeners
  • Agricultural laborers
  • Subcontractors
  • Parking attendants

Why Hire the Wage and Hour Lawyers at Ricotta & Marks

One of the things that separates our law firm is that we strictly limit our caseload per attorney—ensuring that we have the capacity to provide every client with the personalized attention that they deserve. When you reach out to our Queens or Long Island law offices, you will have an opportunity to speak to a New York wage and hour attorney who will:

  • Listen to your story and review your wage and hour claim;
  • Answer questions and advise you on your legal options;
  • Investigate the matter—securing all relevant evidence; and
  • Take proactive steps to protect your rights and get you fair financial compensation.

If you and your co-workers were denied fair pay—whether it is lack of a minimum wage, unpaid overtime, or any other violation—we are ready to take aggressive action to protect your rights. We take all wage and hour violation cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee unless we win your case



Contact Our New York Wage and Hour Violation Attorneys Today

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our New York wage and hour lawyers will always put your interests above your employer’s interest. If you believe that your wage and hour rights were violated, you need a strong advocate in your corner. Contact our office in Queens or Long Island at (347) 727-0661 to learn more about our services. We represent employees in all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and throughout the wider region.

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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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