London Fischer LLP specializes in all aspects of employment practices liability and discrimination litigation. Our involvement in this area extends back many years to the time when these risks generally were not insured, and our early assignments were received directly from governments, municipalities and private companies. We receive assignments from insurers of employment practices liability, and we draft discrimination and sexual harassment policy language for insurers as well as act as coverage counsel.
For many years we have defended employers in litigated claims arising out of employment relationships. These proceedings are brought in the federal and state courts as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights and other administrative agencies.
We have successfully defended claims involving alleged employment discrimination based on age, sex, race, religion and disability. Such cases against private employers typically involve claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, ERISA, OSHA, and other statutes and regulations including state equal employment opportunity statutes. We defend claims alleging hostile work environment, quid pro quo disparate treatment, sexual harassment and other gender-based charges. These claims in the work place often include state law torts such as defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. For example, the Firm has handled a number of cases brought by female union members who claimed discrimination when they were not promoted to positions that were considered dangerous to pregnant women.
Attached are three recent representative victories we won before the New York State Executive Department Division of Human Rights. First is a matter alleging age discrimination creating a hostile work environment causing an employee to resign his job. Next is a case alleging discrimination based upon marital status and sex after a woman delivered her first child. Finally is the claim alleging discrimination based upon disability and sex. Each of these claims alleged violations of the liberal provisions of the New York State Human Rights Law, and in each of these cases the Division of Human Rights found that there existed No Probable Cause to believe that the respondent had engaged in or was engaging in the discriminatory practice alleged.