Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia Sexual harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination and Employment Law Lawyers

Firm Overview

When an employer allows sexual harassment, discrimination, and unfair treatment in your workplace, simply going to work every day can be a nightmare. You may be anxious, afraid, and confused about where to turn for help. That's where we come in. At the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC, our Labor & Employment Law lawyers aggressively go after New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia employers who have tolerated or created illegal work practices at their company. We pursue justice by getting you the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.

Enduring sexual harassment or discrimination at work is devastating, both personally and professionally. At the Derek Smith Law Group, our New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia attorneys take a personal interest in each and every one of our clients. Your problems are our problems We work together to find the best possible resolutions.

Learn more about our New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia attorneys.
When you lose your job or are in danger of losing your job, the last thing you should have to think of is how you are going to afford an attorney. At The Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC, our New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia lawyers handle our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that there is no fee unless we recover money on your behalf. So, our attorneys only take cases we think we can win. This arrangement provides the financial incentive for us to obtain the maximum recovery for you in the fastest time, whether by pre-suit negotiations, mediation, litigation or trial.

Founding partner Derek T. Smith is a top sexual harassment lawyer, rated by SuperLawyers magazine and Newsweek. The firm has obtained many multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, including two recent New York jury sexual harassment verdicts for $2.5 million and $1.6 million. Our discrimination & Sexual harassment lawyers have the experience and skill to help you win even the most challenging employment law case.

As a client of Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC, you have a top New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia sexual harassment attorney personally manage your sexual harassment case. Our main New York City office is centrally located in lower Manhattan on historic Broad St. just a few blocks from the courthouses with additional offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Newark, New Jersey, and Paris, France to assist Americans abroad with sexual harassment and employment discrimination issues.

New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia lawyers winning sexual harassment, discrimination, and employment law cases
Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC is a full-service New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia Labor & employment law firm focused on cases involving sexual harassment, wrongful termination, employment discrimination of all types, and family and medical leave act cases. Our team of seasoned New York sexual harassment attorneys and litigators provides aggressive representation to workers who need legal help protecting their employment rights.

Discrimination
Did you endure a racially motivated dismissal? Have you experienced a bias or hate crime at your job? Were you fired because of your age? In New York City, every worker must be treated equally, regardless of age, sex, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin, or religion. When your basic employment rights are violated, legal action may be required.

Our team of dedicated discrimination lawyers handles a vast array of cases which affect workers of every race, creed, and color. You cannot be fired, demoted, or treated poorly due to a life circumstance beyond your control. Our attorneys make sure you maintain your integrity after an employer has compromised your livelihood and your dignity.

Sexual harassment
At Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC, NYC sexual harassment attorneys represent clients in cases of sexual harassment where workers are subjected to unwanted sexual advances or a hostile work environment. Our New York City sexual harassment attorneys can advise you on the various types of sexual discrimination and which may be applicable to your specific case. Sexual harassment is not just one stereotypical scenario but can take on a myriad of different situations and levels of subtlety. Your sexual harassment lawyers in New York City can advise you on same-sex sexual harassment, unwanted sexual working environments, off-color jokes and discussions, unwanted sexual relations, and other areas of workplace conduct that create uncomfortable working environments. Let our New York sexual harassment attorneys dig deep and work to rectify your case.

Our personalized approach ensures that your sexual harassment lawyer in New York City will explain all of your options and explore all of your case concerns. Employment law is complex and each Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC harassment attorney in New York City assesses and strategizes the best course of action for your lawsuit.
Main Office
Main Office
30 Broad Street
35th Floor
New York  NY  10004
Phone
  • (877) 469-5297
Fax
  • (212) 587-4169
Websites

Other Offices

DEREK SMITH LAW GROUP, PLLC
1845 Walnut Street
Suite 1600
Philadelphia,  PA  19103
Sexual Harassment
New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia Sexual Harassment lawyers fighting against deplorable workplace conduct including Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Wrongful Termination
Are you an employee who has been hurt and tormented. Many times New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia employees are scared to speak up for themselves. Workplace sexual harassment is a serious offense, which brings serious trauma to victims. That's why the New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia sexual harassment lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC believe in being the voice for New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia employees who have been afflicted by sex harassment and discrimination at while at work.

From unwanted sexual advances to criminal conduct and rape, the Manhattan attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group have seen it all. We offer you the compassion and respect you deserve, while aggressively fighting against your harasser for the compensation you need. We help innocent victims obtain full and fair compensation for their lost wages, emotional distress and more.

What is sex harassment in New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia?
Sexual harassment in New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia is a form of sex discrimination that violates federal employment discrimination law, specifically Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute New York sexual harassment when:

-Submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment
-It unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance
-It creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment

Sexual harassment in New York can occur under a variety of circumstances, including the following:
-The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker or a non-employee.
-The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. You can be harassed by someone of the same sex.
-The harassment could include offensive jokes or gift-giving, sexism, bribery, coercion, unwanted physical contact, social media posts, text messages and other inappropriate behavior.
-You can be harassed based on your actual or perceived sexual orientation.
-The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
-Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.

There are many types of sexual harassment of which to be aware. There is no such thing as a "typical" case harassment wears many faces and occurs in countless forms. It is important, however, to be proactive in pursuing a claim

How to handle a sexual harassment claim
If you have been harassed, you should directly inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. If this is unsuccessful, you can use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available. This may include making a formal complaint with a Human Resources representative, or with your supervisor.

Attempts to end the harassment on your own may prove unsuccessful for a few reasons. For example, your employer may ignore the complaints. The company might try to cover-up the sexual harassment to avoid a scandal. Or perhaps, your supervisor is the harasser and there is no one else to turn to for help.

If the harassment continues, or if you are terminated for refusing sexual advances, contact a New York City sexual harassment lawyer right away. A New York City, New Jersey or Philadelphia EEOC attorney at the Derek Smith Law Group can help you decide whether to proceed with a charge to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or file a lawsuit in court.

To learn more, visit our website for information on:
-Understanding Workplace Harassment Laws
-New York City Sexual Harassment Lawyers
-New Jersey Sexual Harassment Lawyers
-Philadelphia Sexual Harassment Lawyers
-New York Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
-How to File a Harassment Suit
-Harassment
-Finding the Right New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia Harassment Attorney
-Harassment at Work
-Finding the Right Sexual Harassment Lawyer
-Understanding New York Harassment Laws
-Philadelphia Employment Discrimination

Derek Smith

Born:
-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

College:
-University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.A., 1991

Law School:
-Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1994; Universit de Droit, Marseille, France

Awards and Recognition:
-Top Rated attorney by SuperLawyers as one of the top 5% attorneys in employment law in New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia; Top rated attorney by Newsweek; Recognized by The New York Law Journal as having obtained one of the highest discrimination jury verdicts in New York;
Top Employment Law Verdict in NY.

Membership:
-New York State Trial Lawyers; National Employment Lawyers Association; NELA/NY

Practice Areas:
-Discrimination; Sexual Harassment; Civil Rights Litigation; Employment Law; Civil Litigation

Admissions:
1995, New York; 1996, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania

Biography:
Derek T. Smith is an experienced labor & employment law litigator who has particular experience in the areas of discrimination, sexual harassment, civil rights litigation, employment law and civil litigation. Mr. Smith received his J.D. in 1994 from the Dickinson School of Law, his B.A. in 1991 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., and studied at the Universit de Droit, d'conomie, et des Sciences d'Aix-Marseille in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Attorney Derek T. Smith is admitted to the state bars of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Attorney Smith is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association ("NELA"), National Employment Lawyers Association of New York ("NELA/NY"), New York State Trial Lawyers ("NYSTLA") and practices in both the New York and Philadelphia offices.

Mr. Smith is also a Judge in the annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition as well as a Judge in the Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Smith has personally litigated and resolved numerous New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia high profile cases against multi-billion dollar corporations.

Derek T. Smith is fluent in English and French.
Education
  • Dickinson School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1994

Andrew S. Alitowski

Partner

Andrew S. Alitowski is an employment lawyer solely representing employees who have been harmed by their employer. Mr. Alitowski does not represent employers.

As an employment lawyer, Mr. Alitowski handles all types of employment matters. He handles both Federal and State law employment claims. Mr. Alitowski routinely handles sexual harassment as well as discrimination matters based on sex, race religion, national original, sexual preference or pregnancy, and hostile work environment.

Also, as part of his employment law work, Mr. Alitowski handles wages issues such as overtime and nonpayment of wages.

There are many laws out there in both the State and Federal areas that are set up to protect the employee.

Education:
-Nova Southeastern Law School 1995 J.D.
-University of Florida 1991 B.S. in B.A.

Jurisdictions:
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
-U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
-U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
-U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
-U.S District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
-U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky

Bar Associations:
-New York Bar 1996
-Florida Bar 1995
-Kentucky Bar 2004

Languages:
Fluent in Spanish
Education
  • Nova Southeastern Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1995

David Detoffol

Of Counsel David Detoffol represents individuals in civil litigation cases. With his background as a New York State professional engineer, he has unique knowledge of various industries and advanced technology. He also practices contract, patent, copyright and trademark, intellectual property and license law. He is admitted to practice in New York City and State courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is also a member of the following organizations:
-U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
-New York State Bar and New York City Bar
-American Trial Lawyers Association (now American Association for Justice)
-New York State Trial Lawyers Association
-New York County Lawyers Association

Olivia Uzan

Of Counsel

Olivia Uzan is a highly experienced lawyer educated at The University of Paris II. (Panthon-Assas).
Ms. Uzan understands all aspects of the French legal system. She was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2001.

She is bilingual in English and French and is highly experienced in employment law and other civil matters and works with Derek Smith in The United States and in Paris in representing Americans in France.

Ms. Uzan is quite passionate about her cases. Some may even call her a "pit bull" in that she fights for her clients with fierce determination, a fact that lawyers in the French community quickly recognize. In a legal battle, you want her on your side.

Languages:
French, English

W. Gordon Kaupp, Esq.

Of Counsel

"Practicing law is not just a job it's an honor"

Known as a bulldog inside and outside of the courtroom, W. Gordon Kaupp has been practicing law across the country for over 10 years. Mr. Kaupp currently litigates discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful termination, retaliation, and retirement benefits claims in both individual and class action cases at the Derek Smith Law Group.

Mr. Kaupp boasts an impressive resume of jury trial, bench trial, and appellate experience. Additionally, he has drafted all of the appellate briefs in ten appeals before either the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit or the California Court of Appeals.

In conjunction with legal savvy and knowledge, Mr. Kaupp brings passion and ferocity to each case he handles. He makes a personal connection with every client, crafting individualized strategies for each client's case. Mr. Kaupp ensures you get the best result possible for your case whether through negotiation or trial. Mr. Kaupp makes it well known to his adversaries that he is not afraid to take a case to trial and, in fact, relishes the idea.

Education:
-City University of New York School of Law at Queens College
--Juris Doctorate, Law
--1999 - 2002
-Skidmore College
--BA, Anthropology
--1992 - 1996

Areas of Practice:
-Employment discrimination
-Sexual harassment
-Wage and hour violations
-Wrongful termination
-Retaliation
-Retirement benefit claims

Admissions:
-State Courts: New York and California
-Federal Courts: SDNY, EDNY
Education
  • Queens College
    Juris Doctorate , 2002

Thomas A. Kocian

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Caroline Hope Miller, Esq

Partner | Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination Attorney

Email: caroline@dereksmithlaw.com | Phone: 215.391.4790

Born:
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

College:
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, B.S.

Law School:
Drexel University, J.D.; Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, Juris Doctorate, *Dual Concentration with Honors in Business Law and Intellectual Property



Bar Admissions:
State Court(s): New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey.
Federal District Court(s): Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, District of New Jersey.

Practices Areas:
Philadelphia Employment Attorney focusing on Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination cases including: Racial Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Retaliation, Public Accommodation Discrimination and Wage & Hour Violations.


Employment law attorney Caroline Miller obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University and her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. Caroline Received a dual concentration with Honors in Intellectual Property and Business Law. Caroline also received Honors recognition for her Pro Bono work during law school. During her time in law school, Caroline gained valuable experience serving as a legal intern for Wawa, Inc. and Monmouth University, providing her with the unique ability to review cases from multiple viewpoints. Caroline also served as a legal intern in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas under the Honorable Marlene Lachman, where she garnered invaluable knowledge of the Philadelphia court system.

Caroline developed her competitive drive through years of athletics. Caroline pitched for Brandeis' NCAA Division III softball program, where she remains the holder of numerous school records. Following college, Caroline utilized her leadership skills, serving as President of her law school's Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

In her spare time, Caroline enjoys working with local female athletes, having worked as the assistant high school softball and pitching coach at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr. Caroline strives to instill in her athletes the importance of competition and working hard, lessons that outline her approach in everything she does.

Sexual Harassment Attorney in Philadelphia, PA
Education
  • Drexel University, J.D.; Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
    Juris Doctorate
    *Dual Concentration with Honors in Business Law and Intellectual Property
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