Have you been fired, harassed, cheated out of pay or otherwise kicked around at work? Give us a call to see if we can help you.
Federal law prohibits most employers from treating employees differently because of their race, national origin, sex, age, handicap, religion, or genetic information. The NY State Department of Human Rights and the State employee rights laws often extend protections to additional groups. New York State law, for example, protects employees from being discriminated against because of pregnancy, sexual preference, HIV/AIDS status, and marital status. The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most powerful employee rights laws in the country. It covers anyone who works in one of the five boroughs of New York: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
Please visit our more specific pages on Age, Disability, Gender, Genetic Information, Pregnancy, Race, Religious, or Sexual Orientation discrimination for more information about how these employee rights laws may protect you.
Employers illegally underpay their employees in numerous ways. We are experienced representing employees who have been denied overtime wages, earned tips, bonuses, or commissions, as well as unpaid interns. You can visit our pages on Bonus Disputes, Commission Disputes, Overtime Pay, or Unpaid Internships for more information.
FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT
The Family and Medical Leave Act (or FMLA) provides time off for health issues, births, and adoptions. If you believe your employer may have violated your FMLA rights, visit our FMLA page to learn more.
Retaliation occurs when an employer fires or otherwise changes the conditions of employment because an employee engages in legally protected activity, like complaining about discrimination, taking family or medical leave, or reporting unsafe working conditions. Our Retaliation page explains how retaliation and occurs, and the employee rights laws that exist to protect against it.
Most forms of sexual harassment fall into one of two broad categories: repeated unwanted sexual activity (like sexual jokes, comments, remarks or undesired casual contact) OR being subjected to a sexual request in exchange for some work-related benefit. You can find out more about the employee rights laws that protect against sexual harassment on our Sexual Harassment page.
While providing severance pay is customary in many industries and companies, there is no law that requires companies to provide severance pay. Even if there is no written agreement requiring your employer to pay you severance, however, we still may be able to negotiate a severance package for you. To find out more about how severance packages and negotiations work, see our pages on Improving Severance Agreement Terms, Key Severance Agreement Points, or watch our video on How To Fetch a Better Severance.
Unless an employer and an employee have an agreement otherwise, employees in New York are “at-will” employees. This means that, in most cases, they can be fired by their employer for no reason or any reason at all, even if the circumstances are very unfair. In certain situations, however, such as when an employee is terminated for a discriminatory reason, in retaliation for complaining about illegal activity, for whistle-blowing, or for exercising a legal right, like FMLA-leave, termination is illegal. Visit our Wrongful Termination page to find out more.
Please call us at 212.571.2000 if you believe that you may have been the victim of wrongful termination, or any of the other illegal actions described on this page.