New York Employment Lawyers

Dedicated New York Lawyers Championing the Rights of All Workers

Many workers face discrimination, wage theft, and other injustices in the workplace. Undocumented workers and people in unskilled or semi-skilled positions are especially vulnerable to abuse. Professionals and executives may also experience on-the-job discrimination and harassment. They may feel boxed-in by corporate culture and the fear of being labeled as troublemakers for voicing their concerns.

The New York employment lawyers at the law firm of Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP have a long history of advocating on behalf of New York workers who have suffered on-the-job discrimination, harassment, retaliation and abusive and illegal wage and hour practices. We have recovered more than $140 million for our clients, who have included restaurant workers, financial services professionals and executives, parking lot attendants, retail employees, creative professionals, salespeople, delivery drivers, IT employees, attorneys, and more.

Wage and Hour Protection

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various New York wage and hour laws protect New York workers from exploitation in a variety of ways, including:

  • Mandating the overtime premium—i.e., time-and-one-half—for all hours over 40 for most employees
  • Prohibiting tip theft or misallocation of tips
  • Mandating the minimum wage
  • Prohibiting unpaid “off the clock” work and training
  • Requiring that subcontracted workers on taxpayer-funded jobs receive the “prevailing wage” hourly rate, often a multiple of the non-union market rate

While these laws apply to most companies and most workers in New York City, victims often need a zealous legal advocate to compel employers to respect them. Under New York law, if your employer failed to follow these rules, you can collect what you should have been paid plus substantial penalties for up to six years after the violation.

Harassment and Discriminatory Practices in the Workplace

Promotion, hiring and the terms and conditions of employment should be based on an employee’s qualifications and hard work, not on the person's race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. Likewise, people should be free to work without enduring harassment on the job. U.S., New York state, and New York City laws combine to protect these rights by prohibiting discrimination and harassment based on any of the following, among others:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Military service
  • Genetic trait
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Sexual orientation
  • Familial status
  • Domestic violence victim status

Employers may be held responsible for their own discriminatory practices as well as harassment perpetrated by their employees, supervisors or even customers if they knew or should have known it was occurring and failed to take corrective action. This means that workers with concerns over offensive practices may have legal recourse they can access with the help of an experienced New York employment attorney.

Protection and Compensation for Whistleblowers

Various employee rights violations and other illegalities such as fraud on shareholders or fraud on the government continue for months or years unabated because workers are afraid to take action. Fortunately, federal and New York laws provide protection in many, although not all, cases of workers who protest unlawful conduct. Our New York employment attorneys can help you assert your rights if you suffered prohibited whistleblower retaliation or you have information about fraud entitling you to a share in the government’s recovery.

Consult a Seasoned Employment Law Attorney in New York City

Our team of employment law attorneys at Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP built a strong reputation standing up for the rights of victimized workers in New York City and throughout the state. If you have faced discrimination or harassment on the job, been deprived of wages, or punished for reporting illegal conduct in the workplace, our lawyers may be able to help. Call us at 212-688-5640 or contact us online to schedule a free intake consultation. Se habla español.

Meet the Team
D. Maimon Kirschenbaum
D. Maimon Kirschenbaum

D. Maimon Kirschenbaum has worked at Joseph & Kirschenbaum since graduating and became a partner in 2007. He now manages the firm.

Denise Schulman
Denise Schulman

Denise Schulman joined Joseph & Kirschenbaum in 2009 and became a partner in 2017. Currently, she assists with overall firm management while also maintaining an active docket.

Josef Nussbaum
Josef Nussbaum

Josef Nussbaum joined Joseph & Kirschenbaum in 2011 and became a partner in 2020. Josef focuses his practice on wage and hour class and collective actions, as well as claims...

Charles Joseph
Charles Joseph

In order to help workers who had been wronged by unfair employment and wage practices, Charles founded Joseph & Kirschenbaum, originally known as Joseph & Herzfeld, in 1997.

Lucas Buzzard
Lucas Buzzard

Lucas Buzzard joined Joseph & Kirschenbaum in 2015. Lucas practices in all areas of employment of law, and he has particular expertise with whistleblower cases and severance negotiations.

Leah Seliger
Leah Seliger

Leah Seliger joined Joseph & Kirschenbaum in 2018. Leah regularly counsels current and former employees seeking advice with respect to severance negotiations relating to claims...

Mike DiGiulio
Mike DiGiulio

Mike DiGiulio joined Joseph & Kirschenbaum in 2020. Mike represents clients in all areas of employment law, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

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