Employment Law Overview

Over the past several decades, the American workplace has become increasingly regulated.  Today the employer-employee relationship is governed by numerous federal, state, and local laws that protect workers’ rights and impose strict obligations on businesses.  For both employees and employers, therefore, it is imperative to consult a qualified employment lawyer regarding all workplace issues and disputes.

Representing employees:

At The Warshawsky Law Firm, we help employees understand and protect their rights in the workplace.  Indeed, many employees do not realize that their rights have been violated until they consult an attorney.  This includes executive, professional, and “white collar” employees as well as hourly and “blue collar” employees.

Our clients over the years have included doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals; executives and professionals in finance and technology; public and private school teachers; college professors and administrators; restaurant employees; retail employees; and federal, state, and city government employees in a wide variety of agencies.

If you have been treated unfairly at work, please consult with us as soon as possible, so we can work with you to preserve your legal rights and explore all of your options for obtaining justice, compensation, and other appropriate relief. There are strict time limits for pursuing employment claims, which often are shorter and more complicated for government employees – so do not delay in seeking legal advice when a workplace problem arises.

Among our services, we provide confidential counseling and advice for job-related questions.  We review/negotiate employment contracts, non-compete agreements, severance agreements, and other employment-related documents.  Most importantly, we aggressively represent our clients who have been victimized by unlawful employment practices.

We have extensive experience representing clients in federal and state court lawsuits, in arbitration proceedings before FINRA, the AAA, and JAMS, and in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, the New York State Human Rights Division, and the New York City Human Rights Commission.  When litigation is not the right strategy, we have successfully handled disputes through demand letters, direct negotiations, and private mediations.  We are proud to say that in the vast majority of cases, we have helped our clients achieve their goals.

Representing employers:

Although our practice focuses primarily on representing employees, we also help employers understand and comply with their myriad obligations under federal, state, and local employment laws.  We have substantial experience representing businesses involving wage and hour lawsuits, discrimination and sexual harassment complaints, and layoffs and severance agreements.

Among our services, we prepare/review employment contracts, non-compete agreements, severance agreements, and other employment-related documents.  We provide counseling and advice regarding employee pay, discipline, and termination issues.  We conduct confidential investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and improper payroll practices.

Our main goal is to help our business clients avoid liability and prevent workplace disputes before they start.  When disputes arise, we defend our business clients professionally and skillfully in negotiation, arbitration, and/or litigation.

The employment law issues we handle: 

The Warshawsky Law Firm represents clients in the full range of employment law matters arising under federal, state, and local laws, including:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • 42 U.S.C. § 1981
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • New York State Labor Law
  • New York State Human Rights Law
  • New York City Human Rights Law.

The specific issues we handle include:

  • wrongful termination
  • minimum wages and overtime
  • unpaid salaries, bonuses, commissions
  • job discrimination based on age, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, and other legally protected characteristics, including “reverse discrimination”
  • retaliation
  • hostile work environment
  • sexual harassment
  • whistleblowing
  • disability accommodation
  • religious accommodation
  • COVID-19 vaccine exemptions
  • family and medical leave
  • military leave and reinstatement
  • workplace violence
  • unauthorized use of picture, name, or voice
  • employment contracts
  • non-compete agreements
  • layoffs and severance agreements
  • arbitration agreements

Even if you don’t see your issue listed here, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your employment.

Employment Law Resources:

For further research, please visit these government websites, which contain a wealth of user-friendly information about many employment law issues (but you should consult with an attorney before initiating any formal complaints with a government agency):

If you or your company needs a qualified employment lawyer, please contact The Warshawsky Law Firm for a free consultation.