Attorney Gregory Kirschenbaum, of counsel to the firm, brings a fresh perspective to cases arising from violations of workplace rights. Mr. Kirschenbaum is passionate about helping people who need a sexual harassment lawyer or assistance with another claim. He enjoys seeing how cases unfold from start to finish and coming to work daily to advocate on behalf of those in need. Achieving positive resolutions makes the hard work worth it for him.
Mr. Kirschenbaum also has strong trial experience; acting as co-trial counsel in a number of cases, as well in the $2.2M verdict discrimination case: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-truck-driver-wins-2-2m-sexual-racial-harassment-suit-article-1.2452761
Mr. Kirschenbaum received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Delaware. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where he was drawn toward the area of workers' rights. In law school, he won the Cali Award for a Collective Bargaining Workshop and obtained a prestigious Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship. He spent a 10-week fellowship working on labor law issues, contracts, and intellectual property issues at the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Mr. Kirschenbaum is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York as well as the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, running half-marathons, and enjoying down time with friends and family.
Many New York employers fail to meet their legal obligations to workers. Their misconduct ranges from harassing employees who belong to protected classes to failing to pay minimum wage or overtime. Employees may be afraid that they will lose their jobs if they complain about being mistreated, and that fear is often justified. In some cases, employers retaliate against employees who complain to HR or an agency, or file a claim in connection with legal violations. Retaliation is illegal under anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws, and it includes many types of adverse employment actions taken by employers to punish employees. At Phillips & Associates, we can help employees bring harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, and retaliation claims against their employers.
In addition to receiving fair wages, you are entitled to work in a place that is free from discrimination and harassment. There are both federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Federal laws include Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees due to their race, color, sex, national origin, or religion. Although Title VII applies only to businesses with 15 or more employees, New York state and local laws may offer more expansive legal protections to many employees of smaller businesses.
Except for the Equal Pay Act, all laws enforced by the EEOC require employees to file a charge before suing an employer for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. It is possible to file a charge yourself, but often it may be in your best interest to consult a New York City employment lawyer to understand your options and how best to frame your charge. The EEOC may not find a violation, but this does not necessarily mean that your lawsuit would not be successful. Mr. Kirschenbaum and his colleagues can review your case and give you a knowledgeable opinion about your options.