As a management-side employment counselor and litigator, Jessica provides clients with the perceptive, caring and zealous representation that they deserve. Counseling clients on how to effectively navigate the web of employment laws, she successfully breaks down complicated legal requirements to an understandable level for her clients. When her clients are faced with litigation, Jessica’s thorough preparation, calm demeanor and ability to think outside the box routinely achieve positive results.
Jessica has successfully represented employers in federal and New York State court in employment discrimination and retaliation cases involving claims under the civil rights statutes, and obtained dismissal of employee claims of race, gender, age, disability, national origin and religion discrimination, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) and New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL).
She has similarly obtained dismissal for employers of wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law, invasion of employee privacy and constitutional claims (including due process, equal protection, free speech and retaliation under the First Amendment), and has successfully represented municipal employers in CPLR Article 78 proceedings brought by former employees challenging the termination of their employment. Jessica also routinely defends employers in administrative proceedings, including civil rights proceedings before the New York State Division of Human Rights (SDHR), the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In addition to her litigation practice, Jessica also serves as counselor for public and private sector employers advising on general day-to-day employment matters. She routinely assists employers in complying with the various employment statutes and related matters, including COVID-19 compliance, New York Paid Family Leave (PFL), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Jessica also often serves as an impartial investigator of discrimination and harassment complaints, and reviews and revises employee handbooks and employment policies to ensure compliance with applicable laws.