Our employment litigation practice primarily involves defending employers from discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wage-related claims. We regularly defend employers against such claims before federal courts, New York courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the Departments of Labor. For almost three decades we have defended employers against discrimination claims based upon gender, race, disabilities, religion and sexual orientation. We appreciate the important role that the civil rights laws of the 1960s era played in attempting to eliminate systemic discrimination by promoting equal employment opportunities for all Americans. Yet, we are also mindful of the recent trend of an increasing number of disgruntled and poor-performing employees exploiting these anti-discrimination statutes in order to seek leverage over their employers and avoid personal accountability.
Since employment claims are often fluid and evolving during the litigation process, we emphasize early intervention and proactive strategies to avoid retaliation claims, control the exposure from meritorious employment claims and assist employers with strategies to limit exposure of future employment claims. We understand the impact allegations of discrimination, bigotry and harassment can have on the reputations of individual supervisors, business owners and organizations and we strive to protect employers’ interests through aggressive defense of employment claims.