NYC Defense Lawyers

NYC Employment Law Lawyers

Serving New York and Long Island

Workplace Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

The employer-employee relationship isn’t always a healthy one. Employers must follow specific rules and regulations when hiring, compensating, promoting and terminating employees. Even though Federal, State and even local laws outlaw certain practices; employment discrimination continues to exist within the workplace. Some employers believe that they can treat their employees any way they want to because they have the advantage of being in charge. Employment Law exists to protect workers from being hurt physically, emotionally or financially in an employment dispute. Understanding what your rights are in the workplace can be challenging and navigating a lawsuit can be even more daunting. Employment decisions based on age, gender, race, national origin, religion, disability, pregnancy or sexual orientation is unlawful.

Types of Cases We Handle

At Raiser and Kenniff, we understand that every situation is unique. If you believe your rights have been violated contact us today. Workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, hostile work environment, sexual harassment and retaliation can damage both your professional and personal life. Blowing the whistle on your employer’s illegalities and misconduct isn’t easy. Doing the right thing shouldn’t cost you your job or cause financial or emotional hardships. You deserve to be treated as a professional in the workplace. Our team of legal experts will fight to protect you against retaliation and pursue every possible course of action to get you the compensation you deserve! 

Contact our NYC employment lawyers today for cases related to:

  • Age Discrimination
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Discrimination based on Religion
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Unlawful Retaliation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Whistleblower & Sarbanes-Oxley Act Cases
  • FLSA Violations (wages, hours & overtime pay)
  • ADA violations (Disability Discrimination)

For Employers: Craft the right contracts to protect your business

Employment Law changes as new opinions are issued by various government agencies. Navigating the waters on your own can be costly, time consuming and potentially harm your business.

Our legal team will help you create Employment Contracts that are not only tailored to your individual needs but written in a way to help you avoid costly arbitration and lawsuits. Let us help you mitigate the risks of losing clients and employees to your competition.

Client Testimonials

Our Clients Rave About Their Results
  • They were always available quickly, to address my concerns. Having dealt with some law firms before, I really appreciated this.

    “Steven Raiser's law firm handled my case with excellence throughout the process. I had a SBA EIDL loan that got transferred to the Department of Treasury unexpectedly, and had a 30% penalty added to the amount due, and due very quickly, which was very stressful. After talking with Steven Raiser, and working with Harry Gill, who was absolutely brilliant in working with me and preparing the case, they were able to recall the case to the SBA. They were always available quickly, to address my concerns. Having dealt with some law firms before, I really appreciated this.
    Very grateful and appreciative to Steven Raiser and Harry Gill. Great work”

  • They Really Care

    “They treated me wonderfully and helped me out of a bind. I feel that this firm really cares.”

  • Give them a call!

    “Extremely professional and efficient lawyers.”

  • Top-Notch!

    “They go well above and beyond. Highly recommend.”

  • Integrity

    “Thomas Kenniff is a true definition of an attorney and a humanitarian.”

Employment Agreements and Contracts

Our legal team is experienced in working with both employees and executives to review and negotiate employment agreements. Contracts establish the terms and conditions of employment and termination. If written and negotiated properly, they provide protection for both the employer and the employee.

Many executive level employees are required to sign contracts such as:

  • Employment Agreements
  • Non-compete Agreements
  • Non solicitation Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements

These Contracts can sometimes be too restrictive and limit an individual’s ability to work in their respective field. It is essential to have a lawyer look over these agreements with you BEFORE you sign them. They will ensure you fully understand the terms you are agreeing to and help you negotiate better terms if necessary.

If you believe your employer has violated the terms of your contract, contact us today! If you have received a letter asserting that you have violated the terms of your contract, you must seek legal counsel immediately.

New York City Employment Law FAQ

What Are Some Common Employment Law Issues in NYC?

Common issues include wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, discrimination based on race, gender, age, or disability, sexual harassment, and retaliation.


What Protections Do Employees Have in NYC?

Employees in NYC are protected by various federal, state, and local laws, including the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).


How Can I File a Discrimination or Harassment Complaint?

Complaints of discrimination or harassment can be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR), as well as the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).


What Should I Do If I'm Facing Workplace Retaliation?

If you believe you're facing retaliation for exercising your rights, document the incidents and consult with an employment attorney. Retaliation is illegal under both federal and state laws.


Are There Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws in NYC?

Yes, NYC has its own minimum wage laws, which are higher than the federal minimum wage. Additionally, employees are entitled to overtime pay for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek.


Can I Sue My Employer for Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee for illegal reasons, such as discrimination or retaliation. If you believe you've been wrongfully terminated, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.


Do I Need an Employment Lawyer?

While some employment issues can be resolved without legal assistance, complex matters such as discrimination claims or negotiating severance agreements often require the expertise of an employment lawyer to protect your rights and interests.


What Is the Statute of Limitations for Filing an Employment Law Claim in NYC?

The statute of limitations varies depending on the type of claim and the governing law. For example, discrimination claims under the NYC Human Rights Law must be filed within one year of the alleged discriminatory act.

Why We're the Right Choice

  • Risk-Free Consultation

    We offer a risk-free evaluation of your case and are here to help you understand your legal options. We are available 24/7, day or night, to help you.

  • Top-Rated Team

    Recognized as the top attorneys in the USA.

  • Former Prosecutors
    Our founding partners are both former New York prosecutors who bring unique experience and insights to every case, especially when it comes to going to trial.

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