Richard G. Kass
Richard has been practicing labor and employment law for private and public sector management for more than 30 years. His practice encompasses all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination law, collective bargaining, union relations, employee discipline, noncompetition agreements, workplace investigations, and wage and hour regulations.
Richard has experience counseling clients in a variety of fields, including:
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As a litigator, Richard regularly appears in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as such administrative agencies as the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the U.S. and New York Departments of Labor, and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Richard also teaches the course on Employment Discrimination Law at Hofstra Law School.
A Trusted Advisor
Richard builds long-term relationships with his clients. He has represented many of them for decades. In addition to counseling clients and defending them in litigation, he also trains managers in how to do their jobs effectively while minimizing legal risks. Over the years, he has trained hundreds of managers in the prevention of sexual harassment.
Richard’s clients rave about his responsiveness and ability to find creative, practical, cost-efficient solutions:
"Richard was helpful and reassuring and allowed us to breathe again in a very uncomfortable situation."
Working with Richard is always a pleasure and a learning experience. His attention to detail and ability to speak about labor laws in common-sense, layperson language has been extremely helpful."
A third client called Richard a "lifesaver."
Many clients consider Richard to be a de facto member of their management team, called upon whenever important decisions are being considered.
Honors and Affiliations
- Listed in:
- New York Super Lawyers 2017®, Employment & Labor
- New York State Bar Association
- Queens County Bar Association
- Recipient, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 2017 Cornerstone Award
- Recipient, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 2014 Pro Bono Award
- Articles Editor, Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review
- Employee Handbooks for Charter Schools, NYC Charter School Center, 3/15/17
- Legislative and Legal Update, Charter School Risk Management Round Table, 3/2/17
- Early Retirement Incentives and the Law, Clear Law Institute Webinar, 6/17/16
- Avoiding Liability by Conducting Proper Employee Investigations, Bond In-House Counsel CLE Series, 12/11/14
- Early Retirement Incentives: Navigating the Legal Issues, Lorman Education Services, 8/7/14
- Quoted in “Old boss scolded new employer for hiring her worker,” Newsday, 10/30/17
- Quoted in “When employment is at will, benefits can be changed,” Newsday, 8/22/17
- “Political Discrimination in New York Workplaces,” New York Law Journal, 10/16/08
- "Early Retirement Incentives and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act," Hofstra Labor Law Journal, 1986