Watertown Employment Lawyer
Before the 1930s, American workers had almost no protections under the law, resulting in a great deal of exploitation and suffering. Today, there are many state protections in place as well as federal laws to protect employees, ensure a safe working environment, and enforce fair pay for a fair day’s work. New York’s Division of Labor Standards demands that employees in Watertown and across New York State receive at least the current minimum wage for their labor and work in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. If your employer violates these state and local laws, it’s not only unethical, but it’s also illegal. While the natural imbalance of power between employer and employee may make it intimidating to take on an employer, with the skilled, experienced attorneys at Gattuso & Ciotoli, PLLC, you have a strong force at your side to fight diligently for your fair treatment and fair pay.
Filing an Employment Law Claim in New York
New York Labor Law is complex. Filing a claim properly requires resources and knowledge, including an understanding of the protections provided under the law and knowing under which entity to file a claim depending on the violation of federal, state, or local law. Some examples of all-too-common complaints include:
- Wage and hour complaints
- Complaints of unpaid overtime
- Wrongful termination claims
- Sexual Harassment claims
- Claims of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, pregnancy, religion, disability, sexuality, and transgender status
- Workplace retaliation and hostile environment complaints
- Bonus and commission disputes
- Complaints of tip-pooling violations
When an employer uses or sanctions unlawful violations of employee protection laws in the workplace it not only affects your financial situation and career advancement, but it’s also disheartening and stressful. Every employer must strictly abide by the rules put in place by state and federal laws for your protection. If your employer is in violation of fair pay laws, including minimum wage and time and a half for overtime hours, contact our Watertown firm now.
Is My Case Individual or Class-Action?
If the unlawful violation in your workplace affected only you, you may have an individual claim for compensation, including backpay plus interest for unpaid wages and overtime, or for compensation for discrimination or harassment. If the unlawful policy or behavior affected a large number of employees — such as in a large corporation — the lawsuits may require a class action to avoid litigating the same claim over and over for a great number of individuals.
Why Choose Us for Your Watertown Employment Law Claim?
When an employer violates your protected rights in the workplace, it puts an undue burden on your finances and emotions. You deserve not only justice but compensation, and in some cases, damages for your emotional suffering. The attorneys at Gattuso and Ciotoli have a combined 50 years of experience in navigating and litigating under the worker protection laws of New York in Watertown and elsewhere in the state. Our contingency-based fee policy means we don’t collect payment until you’re awarded compensation through a settlement or verdict. Our client-centered methods mean we will argue proficiently on your behalf to go after the best possible outcome for your case. Call our Watertown law firm today so we can evaluate the details of your case and begin working on a strategy to help you.