Issues relating to employment are some of the most sensitive and complicated to deal with, but our attorneys have the know-how to navigate in this area. Whether you are a business or an individual, we will use our skill and experience to get you the best possible outcome.
We pride ourselves on preventing and limiting potential exposure by proactively guiding you through the web of statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Title VII. We are available to provide day-to-day advice on labor and employment issues--the cornerstone to preventing liability. We advise clients on union issues, and represent employers in grievance arbitrations and related litigation. We also provide diversity training, draft and revise employee handbooks, develop effective employment policies, draft employment and commission agreements, and provide guidance for audits or investigations.
Despite preventive measures, disputes do sometimes arise. Our employment attorneys are experienced and aggressive litigators. Whether it is an administrative charge, federal discrimination case, wage and hour litigation, or other employment matter, we can skillfully and efficiently fight on your behalf. We have a results-oriented philosophy designed around understanding your business, efficiently resolving disputes, and if need be, litigating the case.
Businesses should also be aware of protecting their confidential and proprietary information, such as customer lists, marketing analyses and business models, to prevent unfair competition from former employees. We can help by ensuring that your business effectively uses enforceable non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. If one of these agreements is breached, and litigation is necessary, we are equipped to fight to enforce these agreements.
We understand that discrimination or harassment that causes you to lose or leave your job is very stressful. We will compassionately guide you through this ordeal. With our firm, you will not be just one of hundreds of cases that get pushed through the system, but will receive personal attention and care, and our attorneys have the experience and fight to get you the best possible recovery.
One of the most common violations in the employment area is wage and hour violations, such as the failure to pay overtime, proper commissions or the minimum wage. When these violations occur, we will aggressively work to get you the payment you deserve.
STCW also represents individuals who need help when confronted with a discharge and separation agreement. We negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive the severance payments to which you are entitled, so you can transition to another job without undue stress.
The firm also represents teachers who are brought to disciplinary hearings under Education Law Section 3020-a, or receive unjust ratings. We also handle Article 75 proceedings after a Section 3020-a hearing. We can guide you through the process and vigorously advocate for you.