Protecting Employee Rights in New York City
New York employees enjoy numerous protections under both federal and state employment laws. Unfortunately, employers routinely violate the rights of employees in New York City, and workers incur substantial losses as a result. In addition, some employers may try to take advantage of employees by convincing them to sign lopsided and unfair contracts that can hurt them for months or even years to come.
At Braverman Law P.C., we are committed to standing up for the many rights of employees in the New York City area. We strive to hold employers accountable for unlawful actions and work to prevent our clients from entering unfair employment relationships. Whether you are an executive wanting to discuss a possible compensation agreement or you are a delivery driver who believes your employer denied you overtime, our office is here to help. Please call today to discuss any of your employment law concerns.
Recovering Pay in Wage and Hour Cases
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York state law set out minimum wage and overtime requirements. New York, however, mandates higher minimum wage and overtime payment requirements than the federal government, and all employers in New York City must abide by these stricter standards. You need an attorney who can uphold your rights to the fullest extent possible under the complicated interplay between federal and state wage and hour laws.
Braverman Law PC handles a wide variety of wage and hour claims, including those involving:
- Denials of minimum wage
- Denials of overtime pay
- Misclassified overtime exemptions
- Miscalculated hours or working off the clock
- Denials of prevailing wages for contractors
- Wage violations regarding servers and tipped employees
- Unlawful payroll deductions
If you believe that your employer denied you wages, overtime payments, or benefits, contact our office for assistance as soon as possible. We can evaluate your situation and protect your rights to proper payment for your work.
Protecting Employees From Workplace Discrimination
Workers are protected from discrimination on the basis of their national origin, religion, sex, race, age, disability, pregnancy, as well as other protected categories. Workers in New York are protected not only by Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, but also by the expansive New York City Human Rights Law and the New York State Human Rights Law. Discrimination can take place in many forms, including adverse decisions in hiring, termination, selection for training, job assignments, promotions, pay, and benefits; harassment; and refusing to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a physical or mental disability. Sometimes the discrimination is overt. Other times it is not. Please contact our firm if you feel that you have been discriminated against at work.
Reviewing and Negotiating Employment Agreements
While many employment relationships in New York are at-will, some employers require employees to sign employment agreements. These legally binding contracts set out specific terms of the employment relationship, which can include:
- Length of employment term
- Salary and benefits
- Job performance standards
- Acceptable reasons for terminating the agreement
- Non-disclosure agreements
- Non-compete clauses
Too many people, anxious to get a new job or without realizing the possible implications of signing a contract, simply sign employment agreements. Once you sign, however, the law expects you to adhere to the terms of the contract. This can cause problems if your contract contains less than ideal or even unfair terms.
Have an experienced employment agreement attorney closely review the terms of any contract before you sign it. We can identify any potentially harmful provisions in a contract and negotiate more favorable terms on your behalf whenever possible. And if you believe your employer violated the terms of your contract, we can also take legal action on your behalf to protect your rights under the agreement.
Advising on New York City Severance Agreements
When an employer needs to lay off an employee, the company may offer the employee a severance package. This can include continuation of benefits, salary, or other payments for a period of time following the termination. These benefits, however, often come in exchange for an employee waiving the right to take any legal action against the employer.
If you are offered a severance package, always review the agreement and evaluate your situation with a skilled employment lawyer before you sign. If your employer may have terminated you in retaliation for exercising your rights or for another unlawful reason, your best interests may dictate that you retain your rights to file a legal claim. Braverman Law PC, can advise you of your rights and help determine whether a severance agreement is favorable in your situation.
A New York Employment Law Attorney Can Help You
The above are only some examples of the many employment law matters that we regularly handle at Braverman Law PC. Whether you need assistance with a contract or you think you may have a possible lawsuit against your employer, we have the knowledge of federal and New York employment laws necessary to fully assist you. To discuss how our office can help, please call (212) 206-8166 or contact us online for more information today.