Alfredo J. Pelicci
Alfredo J. Pelicci is a New York employment attorney at Phillips & Associates. He is dedicated to pursuing damages on behalf of workers who have been harmed by employment discrimination and other improper or illegal actions by employers.
Mr. Pelicci graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy. While there, he served as President of the University of Florida ACLU. He served as a Director for Student Government Political Affairs. He was a Florida Bright Futures Scholar. He graduated with a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School. While there, he was Vice President of the Student Bar Association. He also served as Senator of the Student Bar Association. He was an ACLU Board Member and a Senator for the George Washington University Student Association. He was a recipient of the George Washington Law Merit Scholarship. He was the Second Highest Ranked Advocate for the GW Law Mock Trial Board Internal Competition.
Prior to joining Phillips & Associates, Mr. Pelicci was an associate attorney at a firm that handled trusts and estates, personal injury, and criminal matters in Virginia. He represented clients in administrative hearings and appeals. Among other accomplishments, he helped overturn a Virginia Department of Social Services decision involving the wrongful termination of a schoolteacher with more than 15 years of experience. He also drafted motions, discovery documents, and appellate briefs. Next, he worked at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, at which he provided workers with counseling related to discrimination, unemployment compensation, family and medical leave, and wage theft. He also has worked as a volunteer organizer and managed a campaign opposing a state ballot initiative banning same sex marriage.
Mr. Pelicci has served as a pro bono attorney at the Fairfax Law Foundation-Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center. He has supported and mentored bar members with mental health and addiction struggles through the District of Columbia Bar – Lawyer Assistance Program.
He is admitted to the Virginia State Bar. His membership in the New York State Bar is pending. He belongs to the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, the LGBT Bar Association of D.C., and the National Employment Lawyers Association/New York.
Employers in New York City are governed by federal, state, and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination. Discrimination occurs when an employee is treated adversely by an employer based on a protected characteristic, rather than skills or job performance. There are several federal anti-discrimination laws that are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law provide more expansive protections for employees.
One widespread form of discrimination is disability discrimination. The provisions in the New York City Human Rights Law that prohibit disability discrimination are more expansive than the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You are considered disabled within the meaning of the ADA if you have a mental or physical impairment that substantially restricts one or more of your major life activities, or if you are regarded as having such an impairment. Under the city law, you have a disability if you have any psychological, mental, medical, or physical impairment, or a history or record of such an impairment. You are entitled to ask your employer for a reasonable accommodation for your disability to allow you to satisfy the essential job requirements or enjoy the rights provided by the law. Any accommodation is considered reasonable under the city law unless your employer can show that the requested accommodation would cause an undue hardship.
If you were harmed by employment discrimination or other misconduct in a workplace in New York City or the surrounding areas, you should contact Phillips & Associates. We represent employees in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. We can be reached at (212) 248-7431 or through our online form.