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Casey Wolnowski


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Casey Wolnowski is a New York employment discrimination attorney at Phillips & Associates. He is dedicated to representing clients who have been wrongfully discriminated against on the basis of protected characteristics. Among the characteristics that the law protects in the workplace are sex, race, national origin, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and religion. There are protections in place under federal, state, and local law.

Well-qualified employment discrimination attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws that protect workers. Not all unfairness in the workplace is against the law, but illegal discrimination and harassment can occur along a scale that ranges from conduct that is quite subtle to offenses that are blatant and overt.

For example, it is illegal for an employer to deny a worker a position, refuse him or her a promotion, or fire a worker because of a protected characteristic. Other illegal conduct includes creating a hostile work environment through frequent jokes or comments, or retaliating against someone for complaining of discrimination or sexual harassment by firing them. In New York, an employer may not engage in direct or indirect discrimination, such as setting up arbitrary conditions like height restrictions or standardized testing without reasonable justification. Regardless of the kind of discrimination an employee faces, it is critical to the employee's legal case to retain an attorney who understands the litigation process.

Mr. Wolnowski possesses valuable insight into multiple areas of the justice system, which helps him to build the strongest cases possible for his current clients. Before joining Phillips & Associates, Mr. Wolnowski served in the chambers of Hon. Anita R. Florio of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, serving as Judge Florio’s “Senior Principal Law Clerk” from September 2010 until her retirement from the bench in December 2012. He thereafter worked for Hon. Sandra L. Townes in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in 2013.

In 2016, Mr. Wolnowski obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $275,000 in Fisher v. Mermaid Manor Home for Adults, LLC (Case No. 14-cv-3461) (U.S. Dist. Ct., Eastern Dist. of New York), a case involving unlawful national origin discrimination and retaliation. He also successfully argued the case of Vasquez v. Empress Ambulance Service, Inc., et al. (Case No. 15-3239) before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a case in which the panel vacated the District Court’s decision and resolved three first impression questions involving the “Cat’s Paw” theory of liability, all in the employee’s favor.

Mr. Wolnowski graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida in 2008. While in law school he was a member of the Moot Court and Mock Trial teams, and externed at the United Nations where he focused on global human rights initiatives, namely international rights of children. Prior to his legal education, Mr. Wolnowski attended the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he was a member of the football team.

Among Mr. Wolnowski's additional skills is the ability to speak conversational Spanish. He is a member of the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as the Labor & Employment section of the New York State Bar Association. He is also a committee member for the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on LGBT People and the Law.