Employment Law

Employers face a host of challenges in the ever-changing and rapidly expanding world of employment law.  Our employment law attorneys assists employers in navigating this difficult landscape by offering advice to avoid employment disputes, but if disputes arise, we work with employers to determine the best approach for handling the matter.  We defend all types of protected-class discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases arising under Federal, New York State and New York City human rights laws, including those based upon Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and cases alleging violations of federal and state wage and hour laws and whistleblower statutes.

We understand the impact that litigation can have on a business, and therefore, we work closely with our clients to determine strategy, taking into consideration the true value of the claim and the time and cost of litigating, among other factors.  Often, we are able to reach amicable resolutions through mediation, but when such resolution is not possible, we have successfully defended complaints in both administrative and judicial settings.  Our firm has experience handling employment claims in state and federal courts as well as before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York City Commission of Human Rights, in addition to various other local entities.
Additionally, we offer our clients risk management services, including equal employment opportunity training and review employment manuals, as appropriate.

Some of our representative decisions include:
  • Demoret v. Zegarelli (United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; reversing the denial of summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender-based hostile work environment claim to the Village of Tarrytown’s Mayor and Administrator based on the doctrine of qualified immunity);
  • Lamar v. Institute for Family Health (United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; affirming summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s sexual harassment claims under Title VII and State law);
  • Smith-Henze v. Edwin Gould Services for Children & Families (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; granting summary judgment to the employer on a complaint alleging age discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act);
  • Taylor v. Seamen’s Society for Children (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; dismissing claims of race discrimination and retaliation under Federal, State and New York City law); and
  • Minault v. Highbridge Advisory Council Family Services (Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County; dismissing plaintiff’s age discrimination claim asserted under State and New York City law).