Job discrimination can be devastating for employees, especially when the discrimination results in termination. Employees should know that there are strict laws designed to protect workers from job discrimination at both the federal and state level. These laws protect all employees and cover a number of categories of discrimination which courts recognize as protected by law. In addition to protecting workers from job discrimination, the Civil Rights Act also protects workers from employer retaliation. Retaliatory situations arise when an employee complains about discrimination to company authorities, files a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or other government agencies or participates in court proceedings against the company.
When job discrimination becomes an issue at your place of employment, it’s important to contact an attorney that can offer you the expertise you need to see your case successfully through to completion.

Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination laws prohibit discrimination in hiring, firing, layoffs, promotions, and compensation based on gender, age, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or marital status.

Disability Discrimination

New York State and New York City laws provide similar protections against disability discrimination and apply to employers with as few as four employees, in contrast to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which only applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Our NYC employment lawyers help clients across New York with issues of discrimination based on disability and claims.

Wage & Hour Violations

If you work more than forty hours per week without being paid extra wages for the overtime hours you work, you should consult with an employment attorney familiar with New York State and federal overtime laws to explore your legal rights and options. The experienced New York minimum wage and overtime lawyers of Ratsenberg & Associates, P.C. can help you understand this sometimes complex area of the law and help you recover the money you are owed. Do not allow yourself to be exploited.

Employment Contracts & Separation Agreements

Our attorneys can answer your questions about a separation agreement your employer asks you to sign. We can suggest changes to the one-sided language these agreements usually contain and help you try to negotiate better terms. We also advise employees regarding employment contracts, both before they are signed and after they have been signed. And we represent and defend employees who are sued or threatened with legal action by former employees who accuse them of violating a non-compete or non-disclosure agreement.


Under the new law, most freelancers working in New York City who are not paid what they are owed can sue the person or company that hired them for the money they are owed plus an equal amount as liquidated damages, doubling the amount of money they can recover. If you work as a freelancer and do not receive the money you are owed for your services, you should speak with a New York City employment lawyer to learn about your rights and discuss your legal options. We may be able to help you recover the money you are owed.

We Can Help

If you work in New York City and are being treated unfairly or illegally in the workplace, Ratsenberg & Associates, P.C. may be able to help you. If you are a victim of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, failure to accommodate pregnancy or family medical illness, violation of your rights under wage and hour laws, or retaliation for exercising your rights under the law, call us.

The time to pursue a personal injury claim in New York is limited by law, so contact us now.

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