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Whistleblower

Whistleblower

Whistleblower

Whistleblowers help make everyone’s workplace a safer place to be. That is why the law extends protections for whistleblowers. If your employer fired you for raising the alarm about an issue of public concern, you may be able to pursue action against your employer. At White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we protect the rights of whistleblowers in New York.

Whistleblowing includes speaking out against issues such as:

  • Breaches of confidentiality
  • Mistreatment of patients in hospital settings
  • Food safety issues
  • OSHA violations
  • Anything that could impact public safety or public health

Queens and Long Island

Labor Employment Lawyers in Queens and Long Island

Advocating on Behalf of
Employees

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we represent employees in a broad spectrum of legal matters, including:

Harassment

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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Queens, New York Lawyers for Whistleblower Protection

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 an 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.

Compensation for Whistleblowers In New York City

After you speak out, the government will likely step in and order your employer to pay damages. In some cases, you may be entitled to receive a portion of the money that the government collects. Our attorneys can review your case to determine whether laws such as the False Claims Act or Dodd-Frank Act apply.

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Contact White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C.

To speak with a whistleblower attorney in Queens or Long Island, New York, and set up your free consultation, contact White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C., at 800-240-9269.

Ricotta Marks

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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