Our firm is unique in that we represent both employers and employees in a wide variety of employment and human resources related matters. Our experience working on both sides of the issues that arise in employment law gives us invaluable insights that we employ to help our clients resolve their problems in the most favorable fashion.

 

Employers

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. 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.

We consult with employers on a variety of employment and HR-related issues, including:

  • Developing employment manuals and company policies;
  • Employee evaluation, disciplinary procedures, and hiring practices;
  • Reviewing compliance with all discrimination laws;
  • Developing sexual harassment policies;
  • Administering sexual harassment training for employees and management;
  • Affirmative action programs and policies;
  • Non-competition and confidentiality agreements; and
  • Employment contracts and severance agreements.

When litigation does become necessary, we represent our employer clients in a wide range of investigations and litigations, including:

  • Cases involving 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;
  • Failure to pay minimum wage or overtime wages;
  • Failure to provide paid sick leave;
  • Allegations of harassment and discrimination; and
  • Breach of employment contracts.

 

Employees

Employees often contact us after receiving a job offer for assistance in drafting and negotiating an employment agreement. Or, on the other extreme, we assist clients who have been terminated from their job by reviewing a severance agreement and negotiating a severance package. We provide valuable experience, insight, and advice in these areas to give clients assurance that their rights are being protected at a difficult time in their lives.

We represent employees in a variety of employment-related lawsuits including:

  • All types of discrimination cases including: gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religious, disability, and national origin discrimination;
  • Sexual and other harassment;
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) cases;
  • Breach of employment contracts;
  • Breach of covenants not to compete and confidentiality clauses; and
  • Wage and hour disputes.