With offices located in New York City, we represent clients in all aspects of labor law, from hiring and employment contracts to termination and separation agreements, and beyond. Lina Franco Stillman provides a wide range of employment advice, training, investigations and litigation, including labor discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, reprisals by complainants, breach of contracts and overtime unpaid, minimum wage and tips. In addition to handling individual cases, the firm's lawyers have extensive experience in litigating collective actions and lawsuits of multiple plaintiffs.
Our litigation philosophy
Taking formal legal action should be the last resort to address injustice in the workplace. The process takes a lot of time, energy and expenses and can be stressful. This is why we carefully consider each step: whether to take a case, reach an out-of-court settlement or go to trial. In making each of these decisions, we have one goal: what is best for our client. But when we take a case, we take it to win, not to solve.
When you contact us, you will speak with one of our experienced employment lawyers. After that, we can recommend a meeting with you for a case evaluation in person. In any case, we will listen to your objectives and needs and thoroughly assess the merits of your case. While an evaluation does not guarantee that we will take your case, or that we decide to litigate, it will provide expert advice on your options and the next steps.
After evaluating the case, you will know what your rights are, if you have a case, if it is worth spending time and money to pursue your rights and what are the rights of your employers.
What kind of cases do we take?
Lina Franco Stillman has extensive experience representing employees in matters of sexual harassment. Employees who are subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace must take decisive measures to protect their rights and combat the culture that allows such behavior.
Lina Franco Stillman provides advice in all areas of employment law under applicable federal, New York and New Jersey laws, which include:
We have extensive experience in litigating retaliation cases under the laws of New York, New Jersey and federal. This includes protecting employees from being fired, degraded, suspended, threatened, harassed or otherwise discriminated against for participating in certain protected activities, including objecting or complaining about discrimination, harassment or believing that your company is involved in other illegal conduct.
Lina Franco Stillman represents employees who are victims of workplace harassment and a hostile work environment. It is illegal in New York, New Jersey and federal law for your employer to allow harassment based on your age, disability, sex, pregnancy, race, sexual orientation, religion or other legally protected characteristics. Employees are harassed in different ways, including being fired, demoted, denied a promotion or salary increase, and subject to pranks, comments and discriminatory epithets and other actions based on these legally protected characteristics.
Many employees who have been harassed in the workplace or in a hostile work environment often feel that ignoring or minimizing irregularities is easier than acting. In our experience, this can be a serious mistake. Instead, immediate action may be required to protect employee rights and prevent any escalation in behavior. We can help our clients understand the potential benefits and costs of responding to threats or harassment.
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Lina represents many employees in cases involving wages and hours worked, including cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York Labor Law and New Jersey Wage and Hour Law. Wage and hour cases include situations where employees are not paid overtime, not paid for all hours worked, not paid all of their tips or are misclassified as an exempt employee and, as a result, are denied the overtime pay to which they are entitled.
We have significant experience litigating wage and hour cases on a class and / or collective action basis, with particular experience in the restaurant industry.
Employment agreements and employment manuals often provide employees with certain contractual rights, including a period of guaranteed employment, certain employment benefits and the accumulation of free time. Some employers violate these terms by dismissing employees before their guaranteed employment period expires, by withholding certain employment benefits or by not paying for accumulated and unused vacation.
Breach of contract
Lina Franco Stillman has years of experience representing employees who have disabilities and need a reasonable accommodation in the workplace, a leave of absence or both. If you need an accommodation in the workplace or a leave to leave due to pregnancy, a medical condition or care responsibilities, Lina Franco Stillman can help you.
We advise employers about changes in the law, labor disputes, dismissals and reductions in force. We draft employment policies and manuals, employment contracts and compensation agreements for executives. We also train employees and management, advise on the rights of employers and employees, conduct investigations and represent employers in litigation.