Experienced Employment Lawyers in New York City

Workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage theft violate your rights.

If you’ve experienced retaliation, harassment, or discrimination at work, an employment lawyer can help.

Charles Joseph is an employment lawyer with a track record of success. Joseph and his firm have recovered over $140 million for clients.

Federal judges have praised the firm as “the best in breed” among NYC employment lawyers, pointing to the “doggedness with which they pursued relief for their clients.”

Contact NYC employment lawyer Charles Joseph for a free consultation.

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Our Major Employment Lawyer Practice Areas

Workplace Discrimination

What is discrimination in the workplace?

Workplace discrimination means treating a job applicant, contractor, or employee less favorably because of their race, gender, age, disability, religion, or another protected category.

Learn more about workplace discrimination laws.

Wage Theft

What is wage theft?

Wage theft means not paying workers for their labor. It includes paying less than minimum wage, tip theft, unpaid overtime, and requiring off-the-clock work. Wage theft costs workers $50 billion a year.

Learn more about common forms of wage theft.

Sexual Harassment

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment in the workplace includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other harassment of a sexual nature. Offensive remarks, gender-based harassment, and sexual behavior in the workplace violate your rights.

Learn more about sexual harassment laws.

Retaliation

What is retaliation?

Workplace retaliation means an employer punishing their employee for complaining about discrimination or harassment, filing a wage theft claim, or acting as a whistleblower. Employers cannot treat employees unfavorably for engaging in any protected activity.

Learn more about retaliation protections.

Hostile Work Environment

What is a hostile work environment?

When offensive behavior, harassment, or hostile conduct affects your ability to work, it can qualify as a hostile work environment. However, only certain situations legally qualify as a hostile work environment.

Learn more about hostile workplace protections.

Wrongful Termination

What is wrongful termination?

Wrongful termination means firing an employee for an illegal reason. While employers can fire employees for any reason, wrongful termination laws protect employees from being fired as an act of discrimination or retaliation.

Learn more about wrongful termination protections.

Our Other Employment Lawyer Practice Areas

Freelancers and independent contractors in New York benefit from some of the strongest employment laws in the country. These laws protect workers from nonpayment and underpayment through the Freelance Isn’t Free Act. Freelancers can receive double the value of their contract for late payment, underpayment, or nonpayment.

Laws also protect workers from misclassification as an independent contractor. Wrongfully classified employees can receive unpaid wages and other benefits.

Learn more about the NYC Freelance Isn’t Free Act and NYC independent contractor rights.

Wage discrimination means a worker earning less that a fellow employee for the same work. This can include paying women less than men, often known as equal pay. It also includes paying someone less because of their race, religion, national origin, or disability.

Contact Charles Joseph, an employment lawyer in NYC, for a free consultation to protect your rights to equal pay for equal work.

Learn more about wage discrimination protections in NYC

Whistleblowers protect public health and save taxpayer dollars. In NYC, the capital of the financial services industry, whistleblowers help enforce financial laws. In addition to financial industry whistleblower protections, New York laws also protect whistleblowers on public health and safety and on fraud against the government.

Employment lawyers help whistleblowers facing retaliation or wrongful termination. They can also make sure whistleblowers receive any financial awards owed.

Learn more about NYC whistleblower protections.

In New York, workers can use family and medical leave rights to take parental leave, in case of a serious health condition, or to care for a family member. The New York State Paid Family Leave Act (NYPFL) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) include job protections.

If you face retaliation for using NYPFL or FMLA, a NYC employment lawyer can protect your rights.

Learn more about NYPFL and FMLA retaliation protections.

Employment laws protect workers in different industries. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or USERRA, provides workplace protections for service members and veterans. The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights protects domestic workers in New York.

Learn more about employment protections in different NYC industries:

If you live or work in New Jersey, the state’s employment laws protect you from discrimination, sexual harassment, wage theft, and retaliation. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination offers strong workplace protections.

Learn more about New Jersey Employment Laws.


Visit our Your Rights pages to learn more about workplace protections in New York, or check out our FAQs for answers to your workers’ rights questions. Our employment lawyers NYC resources explain hostile work environment protections, wrongful termination laws, wage discrimination violations, freelancer rights, and other workplace protections. 

Charles Joseph

Welcome to Working Now and Then

We help workers understand their rights. Charles Joseph, an employment lawyer in NYC, established Working Now and Then to protect workers from discrimination, sexual harassment, wage theft, and other employment violations. He also founded Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP, an NYC law firm that has recovered over $140 million for clients. Federal judges have praised the firm as “the best in breed” among NYC employment lawyers. Working Now and Then connects workers with employment lawyers and offers free consultations. We provide employment law resources in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Urdu.

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Working Now and Then is a resource for workers and those who care about them. Created by Charles Joseph, an employment lawyer with over two decades of experience, Working Now and Then helps workers protect their rights. Our Your Rights articles offer detailed information on employment law and workers’ rights,...

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Charles Joseph has decades of experience recovering money for workers. He is the founding partner at Joseph and Kirschenbaum, an NYC employment law firm that has recovered over $140 million for clients. His firm helps workers win claims for discrimination, sexual harassment, wage theft, retaliation, whistleblowing, and other illegal employer activities....

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Charles Joseph founded Working: Now and Then to reach workers whose rights have been violated. As an employment lawyer, Charles designed the site to help workers learn about legal protections and connect with attorneys offering free consultations. In addition to offering assistance for workers navigating the legal system, Working: Now...

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