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Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination

What Is Wrongful Termination?

This is a very good question, because New York is an employment at will state. This means your employer often does not need a reason to fire you unless you have signed an employment contract or bargaining agreement that says cause must be provided.

However, wrongful termination may have occurred if you are discharged from employment for illegal reasons such as discrimination or if your company violated its own policy by firing you. Losing your job in this way can easily leave you feeling angry, upset, scared and confused. You need a law firm that focuses exclusively on employment law and protecting your rights.

At White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we understand that your career is important to you in terms of supporting yourself and your family, your future and your self-image. Our knowledge and application of state and federal laws may be the solution to your problem if you live or work in Brooklyn and feel you have been wrongfully dismissed from your job.

Contact our New York employment law firm today to speak with one of our experienced and compassionate Brooklyn wrongful termination lawyers about your situation during a free initial consultation.

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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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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 Legal Remedies Are Available if You Have Been Fired Illegally?

There are other reasons you may have been wrongfully terminated in Brooklyn. Did your firing come as retaliation for complaining about hostile conditions in your workplace? Were you a whistleblower who pointed out safety violations or other illegal acts being committed by your employer?

If our Brooklyn employment attorneys determine that you have a valid wrongful termination claim against your former employer, we will aggressively pursue the following types of damages you may be entitled to, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost benefits, such as health, life and disability insurance, and retirement plans
  • Punitive damages for your employer’s behavior
  • Nonmonetary damages, including being reinstated to your former position or the company being forced to change its policies

We Want to Hear About Your Situation. Contact Us Today.

Speak to a firm committed to protecting your career and your rights. Call White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C., with offices in Queens and Long Island, today at 800-240-9269 or send us an email to discuss your situation.

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