Employment Law FAQs

For workers throughout New York, the language, terms and issues at the heart of employment law matters are often difficult to understand. Although you may have years of experience in your field or hold a high-ranking position at your company, the legalese surrounding employment law issues may be a foreign language to you.

Your Resource For Understanding Employment Law Issues

At The Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Goldman, we can help you make sense of New York and federal laws, and your rights as an employee. To get you started, below are a few common employment law-related questions we hear followed by general answers. For more in-depth counsel and to obtain representation, we encourage you to give us a call and schedule a free, confidential consolation.

  • What is workplace discrimination? Workplace discrimination covers a broad spectrum of federal, state and city laws that prohibit employers from discriminating against employees or potential employees based on a variety of qualifications, including age, disability, race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, and others.
  • What should I do if I've noticed illegal activity at my workplace? Many people worry about negative repercussions for speaking out against illegal activities they've observed at work. By speaking with an employment law attorney, you can learn about your rights and the laws protecting you from retaliation from co-workers or your employer.
  • What should I do if I'm afraid to speak out because I might be fired? As mentioned above, an attorney can explain the law and the protections the law provides. At our firm, we will explain attorney-client confidentiality to ensure you understand the relationship and feel comfortable speaking with us about your case.
  • What qualifies as wrongful termination? Wrongful termination is a general catch-all term for termination related to discrimination or retaliation. As noted above, workplace discrimination can come in a variety of forms. Furthermore, retaliation often applies to employees being fired for drawing attention to illegal activities or failing to submit to unwanted sexual attention.
  • What should I do if my employer keeps taking my tips? This is a common issue for restaurant workers or others whose incomes rely heavily on tips. In some cases, if your tips are being pooled and then dispersed to other employees whose responsibilities don't qualify for tips, you may have a claim for back pay. Our attorneys can review your case and advise you on how to proceed.
  • Do I have rights if I don't have a work visa or other work documents? If you believe your employer is treating you unfairly, it's important to speak with an employment law lawyer. Although you may be worried about your employment status if you are an immigrant or currently work in the U.S. illegally, you still have legal rights under state and federal laws.
  • If I have a disability, do I have certain rights at my workplace? The simple answer is yes. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides a variety of protections to disabled workers. If you believe that your employer has failed to properly account for your disability or you feel that you are being discriminated against because of your documented disability, our attorneys can provide you with counsel on how to proceed.

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Regardless of the industry you work in, it's important to ensure you are being treated fairly by your employer. If you have questions, contact us and speak with our attorneys by calling 212-983-8999.