We play an important advisory role for New York area businesses. We advise startups as well as long standing, established businesses on best practices to avoid litigation and to create a working environment that complies with all employment-related laws. We also have specific experience in counseling and assisting not-for-profit organizations.
Our clients consult with us in setting up employment policies, drafting or updating employee handbooks, and drafting employment contracts or severance agreements. We spend a significant amount of time learning about our clients’ businesses and the types of employees they employ. We probe to find out what issues a client encountered in the past and brainstorm with the client to find appropriate solutions. We are always available to answer follow up questions as soon as they arise.
When litigation does become necessary, we represent our employer clients in investigations and litigation brought by city and state agencies such as the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. We have handled a wide range of cases, including failure to pay minimum wage or overtime wages, failure to provide paid sick leave, as well as allegations of harassment and discrimination.
We have also defended our employer clients in lawsuits filed by former employees in federal and state courts regarding failure to pay overtime, breach of employment contracts, and all forms of harassment and discrimination.