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Employment Discrimination Lawyers

Employment Discrimination

Suffolk County Employment Discrimination Lawyer Serving Clients in New York

Employment discrimination attorneys represent employees in Suffolk County in a wide variety of discrimination cases, from sexual harassment or discrimination on the basis of race to violations of state or federal wage and hour laws. Whether you have been subject to employment discrimination in the hiring or promotion process, or you believe you were wrongfully terminated for discriminatory reasons, our experienced Suffolk County employment discrimination lawyers can assess your case and can discuss potential remedies with you today.

Sexual Harassment in Suffolk County

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited under New York State Human Rights Law and under federal law through Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment generally takes one of two forms in the workplace:

  • Sexual harassment creates a hostile or offensive work environment; or
  • Sexual harassment takes the form of quid pro quo harassment.

Employment Discrimination in Suffolk County

Employment discrimination is a broad term that can encompass varied forms of harassment in the Suffolk County workplace. Discrimination on any of the following bases is prohibited under state and federal law:

  • Race;
  • Religion;
  • National Origin
  • Sex;
  • Age;
  • Sexual orientation;
  • Gender identity;
  • Marital status;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Disability;
  • Criminal record history; and/or
  • Genetic information.

Within these categories, state and federal law protect against harassment, retaliation, and other unlawful actions related to prohibited discrimination.

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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Wage & Hour Disputes in Suffolk County

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law provide protections for workers in various industries. Employees may be able to file claims for a variety of violations, such as:

  • Unpaid overtime;
  • Under-the-table-compensation;
  • Unlawful paycheck deductions; and
  • Minimum wage violations.

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Education Law and Suffolk County Discrimination Claims

Educators in Suffolk County have rights, and tenured faculty members at K-12 schools have a right to retain their jobs unless the employer can show just cause for the termination. There are specific requirements under New York law to terminate a teacher.

It is also critical for teachers at public schools to know that they have specific rights under the U.S. Constitution. Regardless of whether or not a public school teacher has tenure, they have protections against discrimination under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State Human Rights Law.

Wrongful Termination in Suffolk County

Employees cannot be terminated from their jobs, even if they are at-will employees, for reasons based on unlawful discrimination or retaliation. If you believe you may have been wrongfully terminated, our Suffolk County employment discrimination attorneys can review your case and can investigate instances of bias and discrimination that may have resulted in unlawful performance reviews and termination over the course of your employment.

Contact Our Suffolk County Employment Discrimination Attorneys Today

If you have faced discrimination in the workplace in any form, it is critical to seek advice from an experienced Suffolk County employment discrimination lawyer. Employment discrimination can take many different forms, and it can be difficult to know with certainty whether you have been subject to unlawful discrimination under federal or state law until you speak with an experienced attorney about the facts of your case. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. online or call our firm at for more information about filing an employment discrimination claim in Suffolk County, New York.

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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