New York City Employment Law Firm
With over 30-years of experience focused exclusively on employment law, Lipsky Lowe LLP is the strength you need in your corner – no matter the employment issue. Our lawyers have extensive experience litigating all areas of employment law, negotiating settlements, drafting employment contracts, navigating employer-employee disputes, advising on a full-range of employment matters, establishing effective and compliant policies, conducting prompt and effective investigations, and defending actions, as well as protecting employees from discrimination, unfair wage and hour practices, and wrongful termination.
From our 30-plus years practicing employment law, we have learned how important it is to treat each client individually, to listen carefully to the details of each issue and to tailor our advice and strategy to each client’s specific needs. Our in-depth knowledge of federal, New York State, New York City and New Jersey employment statutes and regulations, coupled with our understanding of legal strategies and tactics, allow us to effectively represent our clients whether the desired outcome is litigation through trial or an amicable, early settlement resolution.
Under federal law, employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees or potential employees based on: age, race or color, religion, disability, national origin, gender and other characteristics. New York state and city laws, as well as New Jersey laws, add other protected classes to this list, including being a caregiver and unemployment status.
Hostile Work Environment
Employees in New York and New Jersey are entitled to a workplace free of sexual harassment because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and transgender status. Harassment includes, among other things, unwelcome taunts, propositions, dirty jokes and unwanted touching.
Most employees are entitled to overtime premium pay for hour worked in excess of 40 in a week. Our office will help you determine whether your position requires overtime pay or not under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws, and how much you are owed.
Federal, New York State and New York City laws protect your right to complain or “blow the whistle” about discrimination, harassment or unlawful wage policies without experiencing retaliation. New Jersey also provides additional protections for, among other things, complaining about potential violations of law and matters of public safety. It is illegal for your employer to punish, treat you different or fire you for lodging complaints.
Employment agreements are contracts detailing what is expected of the employer and the employee, often restricting what employees can do (e.g., confidentiality, non-compete, ownership of work product). Severance agreements, by contrast, document the fact that the employee, at termination, agrees not to sue the employer in exchange for special compensation and other benefits.
While you can be fired “at-will,” without warning, you cannot be fired because of your race, gender, disability, or any other characteristic protected by anti-discrimination laws, or in retaliation for attempting to enforce your rights to be free from discrimination.