New York is an "at-will" state when it comes to employment. That means an employer can fire you for nearly any reason -- as long as the reason doesn't violate anti-discrimination laws on the city, state or federal levels.
When people think of wage disputes or violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), they often imagine that such cases will go to trial where a judge will decide the case.
It's not always easy for people to know if they should be receiving more money than they are getting at work. This is particularly true if you work irregular hours, are unsure of your status as a worker or if the timekeeping records at your job are unreliable.