New York City and New Jersey Employment Lawyer
With over 25 years' experience as a practicing employment lawyer, I represent and advise employees and employers in all aspects of the work relationship, including litigation in the federal and state courts as well as in arbitrations and before government agencies.
Because I represent employees and employers alike, I provide special value to my clients based on a first-hand, real-world understanding of both sides of the employment relationship. Indeed, I bring a unique background as a trial lawyer for the federal National Labor Relations Board, as an in-house corporate counsel and as an outside counsel on behalf of Fortune 500 corporations. See bio here. This broad experience in representing both employees and employers distinguishes me from many other attorneys who represent one side or the other -- not both. I meet my clients where they are, irrespective of whether they’re an employee who feels he/she has been treated unfairly by his/her employer or an employer who feels its employee’s dissatisfaction is unfounded.
Employees. We represent executive, managerial, professional, technical, and administrative employees and all other workers. This includes reviewing, drafting and negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements and non-compete agreements and litigating claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, whistle-blowing, sexual harassment and unpaid wages and overtime. When these issues arise the best course of action is to consult with an employment lawyer to obtain the guidance and representation you need. We promise straightforward answers and thorough personal attention to everything we handle. Click here to see a detailed list of areas we can be of help to you.
Employers. Every day employers make decisions concerning employees that are governed by complex federal and state laws and regulations. These decisions, often well-intentioned but mishandled, may lead to time-consuming employee relations issues and ultimately costly lawsuits. Prevention is the key. We advise employers on how to make day-to-day decisions that will minimize the likelihood of suffering backlash from employees or lead to legal claims and government investigations. In addition to consulting on the topics below, we review and prepare employment policies and provide training to management and HR professionals. We also conduct internal investigations in response to employee complaints or EEO claims. Furthermore, we have the expertise to advise and represent management on how to avoid getting embroiled in union organizing campaigns, NLRB matters and union arbitrations, and if such matters do occur, we can effectively assist in defending employers as well as help administer collective bargaining agreements. Click here to see a detailed list of issues we handle.
- Discrimination (Race, Sex, Gender, Age, Disability, National Origin, Ethnicity, Pregnancy, Religion)
- Sexual Harassment or Discriminatory Hostile Work Environment
- Non-Payment of Overtime or Wages
- Severance Agreements
- Whistleblower Protection
- Wrongful Termination
- Employment Contracts
- FMLA Leaves of Absence
- Labor Relations (union organizing campaigns, contract administration, arbitrations, NLRB cases)
Employment Rights and Information Center
We offer a wealth of free workplace-related information in our Employment Rights and Information Center. Select a topic to continue:
From Our Blog
- COURT RULES THAT PAID MEAL BREAKS CANNOT OFFSET UNPAID OVERTIME (10/21/16)
- NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS $1.4 MILLION EMOTIONAL DISTRESS AWARD IN DISCRIMINATION CASE (10/10/16)
- NEW JERSEY JUDGE GRANTS FINAL CERTIFICATION IN ASSISTANT MANAGERS’ OVERTIME SUIT AGAINST OFFICE DEPOT (9/16/16)
- LABORER’S NEW JERSEY WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIM NOT PREEMPTED BY FEDERAL LAW AND BELONGS IN STATE COURTS (8/26/16)
- WAHLBURGERS RESTAURANT CHAIN SUED FOR MINIMUM WAGE, OVERTIME AND TIP VIOLATIONS (8/19/16)
Office Weekly Update Weekly
Topic of the Week
Rules of the Road--Job Realities in Tough Times:
It may sound totally off the wall, but there is no better time to get the job you really want than in a difficult economy. Why? Read on to find out!
Blog of the Week
Fifteen dollars shouldn’t be too much to ask – or demand. In almost every state, a worker needs more than $15 an hour to make ends meet. Add in student debt, and the minimum living wage shoots up to $18.67 an hour nationally. A family with children needs significantly more.
Thought for the Week
"Always be smarter than the people who hire you."
List of the Week
from Towers Watson
Engagement matters: Engaged employees vs. non engaged
- Companies with engaged employees had a 19% in income in twelve months
- While companies with disengaged employees suffered a 34% decrease in income
Top Five News Headlines
- For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream
- Hundreds of Harvard students stage a walkout, occupy building to support striking dining hall workers
- Department of Labor Violates its Own Rule, Pays $7M
- There's More To Workplace Diversity Than Hiring 'Enough' Women
- UPS Union Starts Strike Authorization Vote; No Near-Term Impact Expected