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The State of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws

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Produced on November 04, 2019

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Course Information

Time 52m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Wondering what the latest protected categories are throughout New York? Looking for an overview of reasonable accommodation obligations? Struggling to get a handle on the basics about anti-harassment training? Look no further. Paul Galligan and Meredith-Anne Berger of Seyfarth Shaw LLP will present the latest developments on the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, which all New York employers (including law firms) must understand.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an overview of the latest developments under New York State and City Human Rights Laws
  2. Review the latest protected categories in NY
  3. Identify an employer’s reasonable accommodation obligations
  4. Grasp the latest requirements concerning anti-harassment training

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Paul Galligan

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

When clients are sued by employees or former employees on the basis of discrimination or retaliation, the biggest issue concerns the escalating costs of litigating such cases through discovery when the cases have no merit. Innovative arrangements can help clients to control and predict legal fees, but early settlement is still the best option, unless it exposes the client to other litigation. Clients rely on Paul's 30 years of experience in all aspects of labor law, from both the union and employer perspectives, and particularly in the field of labor relations, to help them address issues proactively.

When it comes to employment litigation, clients must be prepared to take a case to trial to obtain the best settlement. Trial experience is critical, and Paul is well-prepared. His experience ranges from federal and state court trials on both traditional labor and employment discrimination issues to NLRB hearings, labor arbitrations, injunctions, and contract negotiations. He has advised clients with union agreements in industries such as hospitality, retail, and communications.

Paul developed his litigation skills while working for a union-side firm in New York City. Since coming to Seyfarth in June 1997, he has added to his experience negotiating employment agreements, separation agreements, noncompete agreements, and drug testing policies; training supervisors and managers; and defending employers subject to corporate campaigns as well as in various human rights agencies, federal court, and at the National Labor Relations Board.

Labor law is just as much about establishing and building relationships as it is about litigating or arbitrating a particular case. Paul's experience and judgment are vital in deciding when to litigate and when to rely on relationship-building, so that the client is best positioned to obtain the best resolution.

Employers struggle to keep up with the ever-increasing amount of regulations, ranging from discrimination and harassment laws statewide, to local leave laws. Meredith helps clients navigate these laws and remain compliant by advising them on new regulations and working with them to understand their business. This ensures that the client implements practical solutions which are compliant and efficient, and allows the employer to focus on what's most important to them—their business.

Meredith is an innovative litigator whose practice focuses on complex employment litigation, defending management against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under federal, state, and city laws, single-plaintiff, and class and collective action claims brought under wage-and-hour laws. She represents employers in state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as federal and state agencies. These include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Human Rights Commission. Meredith represents clients in many industries, including banking and finance, retail, energy, telecommunications, and higher education.

Meredith counsels and advises clients on new developments in the law, tracking the development of laws from proposed legislation through enforcement. She also counsels employers on preventative practices to minimize workplace disputes, including advising employers on matters relating to personnel handbooks and policies, and conducts investigations in response to internal complaints. In particular, Meredith has experience advising clients on compliance with payroll debit card laws and other wage-and-hour laws, workplace privacy matters, and leave laws.

This dual perspective of working on litigation and counseling matters for her clients allows Meredith to see how proactive compliance can prevent possible litigation. As a result, she has gained a deep understanding of substantive legal matters to allow her to most aggressively and strategically litigate cases.

Meredith's passion for employment law began in law school, where she was editor-in-chief of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. She earned an MBA at the same time as her law degree. This combination gives her insight into her clients' businesses, as well as their legal concerns.

Working at Seyfarth gives Meredith the opportunity to represent large and small employers alike, while deploying the most creative, innovative, and cutting-edge strategies and tools on their behalf. Meredith focuses her energy on expanding her knowledge in leave laws, including New York State Paid Family Leave, while also honing her litigation skills.


Henry S. S.

Very informative and well-presented. Thank you very much.

Samantha S.

Thank you great course !

Marsha W.

Very helpful.

Clarisse T.

Very timely, very informative, and there was detailed discussion on additional areas of the amended NY State and NYC laws that I was not aware of.

Jerold S.

helpful new information well organized and presented by Meredith-Anne

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