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
- 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)
- THIRD CIRCUIT RULES TRUCK DRIVERS IN FRACKING INDUSTRY NOT EXEMPT FROM OVERTIME (8/16/16)
- NEW YORK COURT UPHOLDS FAST-FOOD WORKER MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE TO $15 (7/13/16)
- NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT RULES EMPLOYERS CANNOT CONTRACTUALLY SHORTEN TIME LIMITS ON WORKER EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION SUITS (6/28/16)
Office Weekly Update Weekly
Topic of the Week
Getting a Raise Before You Start
45% of employers expect to negotiate with a job candidate for a larger salary during an initial job offer. Sadly, almost half of workers simply accept the first offer given to them. Here are four tips to utilize during your next salary negotiation.
Blog of the Week
Today we commemorate “African American Women’s Equal Pay Day,” the day in the year when African American women’s wages finally catch up to what men earned last year. It is important to note that African American Women’s Equal Pay Day comes nearly four months after “Women’s Equal Pay Day,” which included wages of women of all races, and was marked on April 12th of this year.
Thought for the Week
"For I can raise no money by vile means."
List of the Week
I'll Raise You: Who Negotiates for a Raise
- 55% of workers 35 or older negotiate the first offer
- Only 45% of those between 18 and 35 do
- More men, 54%, negotiate than women, 49%
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