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Workplace Retaliation

Workplace Retaliation

Workplace Retaliation

Workplace retaliation takes many forms—from supervisors making nasty comments to cutting an employee’s hours to giving the employee an unjustified bad evaluation. These are just a few common forms of retaliation that a worker may be forced to endure. Workplace retaliation is unlawful. If you have made a complaint to your employer about an issue such as harassment or discrimination and are experiencing retaliation, you need professional legal representation.

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens workplace retaliation lawyers are skilled, aggressive advocates for our clients. Protecting workplace rights is all that we do. If you or your loved one was the victim of retaliation, our legal team is here to help. To set up a strictly confidential case evaluation with an experienced New York employment retaliation lawyer, please call our Queens law office today.

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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
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Pregnancy discrimination and FMLA violations
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Religious discrimination
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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:
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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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As a full-service employment law firm, we can also help you with:
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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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Workplace Retaliation: What You Need to Know

Employees have the right to raise complaints, report misconduct, or otherwise exercise their right in the workplace to complain about discriminatory treatment without the fear of facing punishment from their supervisor or employer. Employers are forbidden from retaliation. As defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging in a legally protected activity.

In other words, employers cannot take adverse employment action against an employee—a bad performance review, workplace harassment, demotion, loss of pay, loss of benefits, loss of opportunities, termination, etc.―simply because that person engaged in a protected activity. If you filed a complaint of discrimination or harassment or reported misconduct and your employer punished you for you doing so, your rights have been violated. You should consult with a New York employment retaliation lawyer right away.

We Handle the Full Range of Retaliation Claims in New York

Retaliation comes in a wide range of different forms. One of the most important things to know is that companies and organizations cannot punish you for exercising any of your labor/employment rights under either state law or federal law. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our top-rated Queens and Long Island employment lawyers handle the full range of workplace retaliation claims. State and federal laws protect your right to make a complaint to your employer regarding issues such as:

Pretextual Reasoning

Pretextual Reasoning

Retaliation May Be Concealed
With Pretextual Reasoning

Although it does still occur in some cases, most employers do not openly admit to “retaliating” against employees. Instead, a New York employer may attempt to cover up their illegal reason for punishing a worker with a pretextual (dubious) reason.

Put another way, an employer may falsely claim to be taking adverse action against an employee for a legal, justified reason instead of in retaliation. This can make these claims more complicated. To ensure that your rights are protected, it is crucial that all suspected retaliation is comprehensively investigated by an experienced workplace retaliation lawyer in Queens. The sooner your lawyer investigates your case, the more likely you will be able to get access to the evidence you need to prove retaliation.

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Wrongful Termination Attorneys

Why Work With Our Queens Retaliation in the Workplace Attorneys

If a complaint that you make to your employer triggers some form of retaliation, you may have a valid claim. We will advise you on the appropriate next steps. Employers often choose to retaliate against an employee who makes a complaint because they believe retaliation will intimidate and silence that employee and other employees. More specifically, our New York workplace retaliation lawyers are prepared to:

  • Conduct an in-depth, confidential review of your retaliation claim;
  • Answer your questions and advise you of your options;
  • Investigate the matter—gathering all relevant documents, records, and evidence needed to prove retaliation;
  • Help you assess options for settlement; and
  • Take the appropriate legal action to protect your rights and interests.

When employees are too afraid to speak out, problems like discrimination and harassment persist and can worsen. By pursuing legal action against your employer, we not only work to recover any and all damages available to you under the law, including punitive damages, we also send a message to employers that retaliation is not acceptable. By enforcing your rights, we help protect the rights of others. We are prepared to take your retaliation claim as far as it needs to go to protect your rights. While many employment lawsuits can be settled, our trial-tested New York lawyers are always ready for court.

Call Our Queens Workplace Retaliation Attorneys for Immediate Assistance

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens workplace retaliation lawyers are strong, experienced advocates for our clients. If you feel you have been retaliated against in the workplace, you need to take immediate action to protect your rights. Contact us today at 800-240-9269 for a confidential, no commitment initial consultation. We respond promptly to phone calls and provide our clients with personalized service. Our Queens office is convenient to several subway stops and our Long Island office has parking.

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