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Bryan Arce

Bryan Arce is a New York City employment discrimination attorney and a Managing Partner at the law firm of Phillips & Associates. Mr. Arce is committed to representing workers who have been subject to harassment and other misconduct, such as wage and hour violations. Through his prior law firm, Mr. Arce and his associates have been part of million dollar plus verdicts - Including a $1.6 million verdict, a $2.5 million verdict, a $2.2 million verdict, and a $4.25 million verdict. Unlike many other litigators, Mr. Arce has first-hand experience with these violations. He spent 12 years working as a chef in the food service and hospitality industry, and he understands the kinds of harm that may result.

Mr. Arce, originally from Torrance, California, grew up in Holmdel, NJ, and attended college at the University of Michigan. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1993. After his time working as a chef, he attended Brooklyn Law School, obtaining a Juris Doctorate in 2009. He worked as a Judicial Intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the Honorable Erin M. Stilp, an experience that gave him insight into the administrative and judicial processes and how judges evaluate workplace discrimination and wrongful termination cases.

The EEOC is the governmental body responsible for enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws, including those that prohibit discrimination and retaliation on the basis of national origin, race, color, sex, religion, disability, genetic information, and age. Laws enforced by the EEOC include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The EEOC is authorized to investigate employees' charges of discrimination against any employers covered by the pertinent laws. It is also empowered to make findings about whether discrimination has occurred and to try to settle the charge, or to file a lawsuit at its discretion. It offers guidance about how the laws should be applied to different kinds of workplace situations. For example, it recently explained that "sex discrimination," outlawed by Title VII, covers not only sex discrimination but also gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination.

Most employers that have a minimum of 15 employees, as well as employment agencies and labor unions, are covered by some of the laws enforced by the EEOC. Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, for example, workers who are 40 years old or older are protected from age discrimination if an employer has a minimum of 20 employees. It is unlawful under the ADEA to discriminate against workers due to their advanced age with regard to hiring, promotion, layoffs, benefits, job assignments, or firing. However, it is permissible to favor an elderly worker based on his or her age, even if this results in adverse effects for a worker under the age of 40.

Mr. Arce founded his own firm in 2011, focusing on fighting for employees in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania who could not fight for themselves. He is admitted to practice in those states, as well as the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Second Circuit. He then joined Phillips & Associates as an employment law attorney to continue his work for employees.

Mr. Arce is a member of various associations, including NELA/NY, NITA, NYSBA, and PBA. He is fluent in Spanish and German and enjoys teaching his son Spanish.

Client Reviews
Hands down the best law firm for labor disputes in NYC. Being in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years I can say that this law firm is the number one choice for workers in the restaurant business that need to sue their company for wrongful termination. A special compliment to my lawyer Brittany Stevens. An amazing person and well prepared experienced lawyer. She was professional and empathetic to my case and worked in a time appropriate manner. She never miss a phone call at any hour of the day.The other associates that assisted Brittany were Yusha Hiraman, Eugenio Benvenuto, Kevin Guaranda and Katerina Housos. They were all professional and answered any questions or concerns that I had. Brittany and her team helped me with what I needed, when I needed it. I want to thank them all (especially Brittany), for a job well done. Massimo
Jesse Weinstein handled my discrimination case. He was extremely patient and understanding throughout the process and remained professional and consistent even when I could not. I really felt like he had my back and I didn't have to worry. His expertise, combined with the experience of the Firm, resulted in the best possible outcome of my case. Although I wouldn't wish what I went through on anyone, things do and always will happen and I would highly recommend Jesse and this Firm to anyone facing discrimination or other workplace issues. Karen
I was a client with this law firm. I can't stress enough how awesome and professional the people are here. Silvia & Erica made me feel so comfortable and welcome. I never had to guess anything. Anytime I call, emailed, or even texted. They were always there. If not they would get back to me as soon as possible. My case was not an easy situation for me but I tell you these guys made it seem like it was. I'm so glad that I use Phillip & Phillip. I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful to have met such awesome, honest, and caring people. Thank you again. Djuana
I highly recommend Parisis (Gerry) Fillippatos with Phillips & Associates to represent you for employment related matters. He and his team were professional, attentive to every detail and brilliant at identifying the legal grounds to win the case. Parisis's communication and delivery were highly articulate and precise. He is personable and makes you feel comfortable in the maze of legal jargon. Finally, his confidence, perseverance and masterful negotiation skills deliver the win. Anonymous
I had an excellent experience with this team! Thanks, Marjorie, Brittany, and Candy for your great support and prompt answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this firm. This team works very hard and I am extremely happy with the results. Ana