Pechman Law Group PLLC

Pechman Law Group PLLC

New York Labor and Employment Lawyers

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This lawyer is licensed to practice in New York and has no record of discipline from the New York bar association. *

Pechman Law Group PLLC

Pechman Law Group PLLC

New York Labor and Employment Lawyers

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This lawyer is licensed to practice in New York and has no record of discipline from the New York bar association. *

Firm Overview

Pechman Law Group represents workers and businesses in workplace disputes. Because our firm represents both employees and management, we have a unique perspective on workplace dynamics. We have advocated for busboys and construction workers, as well as corporate executives and Fortune 500 companies. Our experience with and ability to see all the angles of a dispute has earned us a reputation for resolving difficult cases. Some of our record settlements have made headlines, but we are equally proud of those cases that have been resolved without any public drama.

At Pechman Law Group, we have assembled a group of seasoned professionals who have the intellectual prowess to analyze complicated legal situations and the practical skills to keep clients out of harm's way. Handling over a thousand cases has provided an appreciation that although patterns exist, each workplace dispute comes with its own particular challenges. Whether the issue is discrimination, overtime disputes, non-compete agreements, wrongful termination, severance agreements, sex harassment or any other claim involving worker rights or employer responsibilities, we have the experience to help you meet your goals.

Pechman Law Group PLLC has been recognized by U.S. News' Best Law Firms as a Tier 1 law firm in Employment Law for Individuals and Labor Law for Management. Lou has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" lawyers in New York City. Our work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and ABC's Tiempo.

Main Office

Main Office
488 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Phone

(212) 583-9500

Fees
Office Information
Overtime Pay

Overtime Pay and Wage Theft

The Fair Labor Standards Act has been on the books since 1938, but only recently have workers been actively pursuing their right to minimum wage and overtime pay. Overtime and minimum wage lawsuits have surged in recent years, and currently comprise approximately 10% of the federal court docket in New York and that number is rising.

Over the last ten years, Lou Pechman has established a reputation as the "go to" litigator for overtime and wage theft cases. He has litigated over 200 cases in this specialized area of the law. Lou moderates an annual program on "How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case" at New York County Lawyers Association and is a frequent lecturer on overtime pay topics to business groups.

On the employee side, Pechman Law Group has represented waiters, construction workers, exotic dancers, brokers, salespersons, nannies, cooks, building superintendents, deliverymen and business analysts in wage and overtime disputes. The many employers we have defended in wage and overtime lawsuits include restaurants, messenger companies, construction companies, advertising agencies, hedge funds, engineering firms and retail stores. We also counsel and provide guidance on best practices to our management clients so that they avoid overtime and wage theft lawsuits.

Sexual Harassment

Sex Harassment Cases

The most provocative cases and the largest settlements in employment law are often in the area of sex harassment. Sex harassment is generally characterized as "quid pro quo" or "hostile work environment" cases.

Lou Pechman was part of the defense team in the 2008 sex harassment case against Madison Square Garden and Isaiah Thomas, one of the most highly publicized sex harassment cases in recent years. Some other representative cases Lou has handled include:

-Achieved $600,000 settlement for technology company employee subjected to harassment because of his sexual orientation

-Obtained dismissal of federal court sex harassment lawsuit on behalf of high-end retail shoe store

-Represented university professor against student's claims of sex harassment

-Represented manager at CUNY in federal court sex discrimination case filed by six university employees

Keep in mind that the most salacious sex harassment cases often begin with a demand letter and an offer to engage in settlement discussions before a case escalates to a public lawsuit. At Pechman Law Group, we recognize the value of resolution of these sensitive cases without the need of litigation.

Pechman Law Group PLLC
Louis Pechman

Louis Pechman practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including employment discrimination, sex harassment litigation, union-management relations, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, and overtime and pay disputes. As a practitioner for over 35 years in the labor and employment field, Mr. Pechman offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on improving the employment relationship and, where appropriate, terminating that relationship.

Mr. Pechman has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and as a New York Super Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment Law since 2006. He has a AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo. Mr. Pechman has also been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an honorary organization limited to 1% of attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession. Pechman Law Group PLLC, has been recognized by U.S. News' Best Law Firms as a Tier 1 law firm in Employment Law for Individuals and Labor Law for Management. Mr. Pechman has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" lawyers in New York City.

Mr. Pechman is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the fast-emerging area of wage and hour law. Over the past decade, he has litigated over 300 federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and the New York Labor Law. Mr. Pechman is also the founder of waiterpay.com, a site that focuses on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry. Mr. Pechman is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law teaching the course"Wage Theft: Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities." A former Chair of the New York County Lawyers' Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Mr. Pechman moderates NYCLA's annual programs on "How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case" and "How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case." He served as Chair of the Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2015-2017.

Mr. Pechman's prior experience includes work as an attorney at some of the leading employment law firms in New York, as in-house labor counsel with the New York Daily News, and as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board. Admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, he is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Fordham University School of Law.



AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Workplace Law
-Employment Discrimination
-Union-Management Relations
-Employment Contracts
-Non-Competition Agreements
-Independent Contractor Issues
-Wage/Hour Disputes
-ERISA

BAR ADMISSIONS
-New York, 1984
-New Jersey, 1985
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
-U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

EDUCATION
-Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D.
-Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S.

Pechman Law Group PLLC
Louis Pechman

Louis Pechman practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including employment discrimination, sex harassment litigation, union-management relations, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, and overtime and pay disputes. As a practitioner for over 35 years in the labor and employment field, Mr. Pechman offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on improving the employment relationship and, where appropriate, terminating that relationship.

Mr. Pechman has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and as a New York Super Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment Law since 2006. He has a AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo. Mr. Pechman has also been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an honorary organization limited to 1% of attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession. Pechman Law Group PLLC, has been recognized by U.S. News' Best Law Firms as a Tier 1 law firm in Employment Law for Individuals and Labor Law for Management. Mr. Pechman has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" lawyers in New York City.

Mr. Pechman is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the fast-emerging area of wage and hour law. Over the past decade, he has litigated over 300 federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and the New York Labor Law. Mr. Pechman is also the founder of waiterpay.com, a site that focuses on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry. Mr. Pechman is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law teaching the course"Wage Theft: Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities." A former Chair of the New York County Lawyers' Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Mr. Pechman moderates NYCLA's annual programs on "How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case" and "How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case." He served as Chair of the Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2015-2017.

Mr. Pechman's prior experience includes work as an attorney at some of the leading employment law firms in New York, as in-house labor counsel with the New York Daily News, and as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board. Admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, he is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Fordham University School of Law.



AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Workplace Law
-Employment Discrimination
-Union-Management Relations
-Employment Contracts
-Non-Competition Agreements
-Independent Contractor Issues
-Wage/Hour Disputes
-ERISA

BAR ADMISSIONS
-New York, 1984
-New Jersey, 1985
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
-U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

EDUCATION
-Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D.
-Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S.

Firm Overview

Pechman Law Group represents workers and businesses in workplace disputes. Because our firm represents both employees and management, we have a unique perspective on workplace dynamics. We have advocated for busboys and construction workers, as well as corporate executives and Fortune 500 companies. Our experience with and ability to see all the angles of a dispute has earned us a reputation for resolving difficult cases. Some of our record settlements have made headlines, but we are equally proud of those cases that have been resolved without any public drama.

At Pechman Law Group, we have assembled a group of seasoned professionals who have the intellectual prowess to analyze complicated legal situations and the practical skills to keep clients out of harm's way. Handling over a thousand cases has provided an appreciation that although patterns exist, each workplace dispute comes with its own particular challenges. Whether the issue is discrimination, overtime disputes, non-compete agreements, wrongful termination, severance agreements, sex harassment or any other claim involving worker rights or employer responsibilities, we have the experience to help you meet your goals.

Pechman Law Group PLLC has been recognized by U.S. News' Best Law Firms as a Tier 1 law firm in Employment Law for Individuals and Labor Law for Management. Lou has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" lawyers in New York City. Our work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and ABC's Tiempo.

Main Office

Main Office
488 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Phone

(212) 583-9500

Fees
Office Information
Overtime Pay

Overtime Pay and Wage Theft

The Fair Labor Standards Act has been on the books since 1938, but only recently have workers been actively pursuing their right to minimum wage and overtime pay. Overtime and minimum wage lawsuits have surged in recent years, and currently comprise approximately 10% of the federal court docket in New York and that number is rising.

Over the last ten years, Lou Pechman has established a reputation as the "go to" litigator for overtime and wage theft cases. He has litigated over 200 cases in this specialized area of the law. Lou moderates an annual program on "How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case" at New York County Lawyers Association and is a frequent lecturer on overtime pay topics to business groups.

On the employee side, Pechman Law Group has represented waiters, construction workers, exotic dancers, brokers, salespersons, nannies, cooks, building superintendents, deliverymen and business analysts in wage and overtime disputes. The many employers we have defended in wage and overtime lawsuits include restaurants, messenger companies, construction companies, advertising agencies, hedge funds, engineering firms and retail stores. We also counsel and provide guidance on best practices to our management clients so that they avoid overtime and wage theft lawsuits.

Sexual Harassment

Sex Harassment Cases

The most provocative cases and the largest settlements in employment law are often in the area of sex harassment. Sex harassment is generally characterized as "quid pro quo" or "hostile work environment" cases.

Lou Pechman was part of the defense team in the 2008 sex harassment case against Madison Square Garden and Isaiah Thomas, one of the most highly publicized sex harassment cases in recent years. Some other representative cases Lou has handled include:

-Achieved $600,000 settlement for technology company employee subjected to harassment because of his sexual orientation

-Obtained dismissal of federal court sex harassment lawsuit on behalf of high-end retail shoe store

-Represented university professor against student's claims of sex harassment

-Represented manager at CUNY in federal court sex discrimination case filed by six university employees

Keep in mind that the most salacious sex harassment cases often begin with a demand letter and an offer to engage in settlement discussions before a case escalates to a public lawsuit. At Pechman Law Group, we recognize the value of resolution of these sensitive cases without the need of litigation.

Pechman Law Group PLLC
Louis Pechman

Louis Pechman practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including employment discrimination, sex harassment litigation, union-management relations, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, and overtime and pay disputes. As a practitioner for over 35 years in the labor and employment field, Mr. Pechman offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on improving the employment relationship and, where appropriate, terminating that relationship.

Mr. Pechman has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and as a New York Super Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment Law since 2006. He has a AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo. Mr. Pechman has also been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an honorary organization limited to 1% of attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession. Pechman Law Group PLLC, has been recognized by U.S. News' Best Law Firms as a Tier 1 law firm in Employment Law for Individuals and Labor Law for Management. Mr. Pechman has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" lawyers in New York City.

Mr. Pechman is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the fast-emerging area of wage and hour law. Over the past decade, he has litigated over 300 federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and the New York Labor Law. Mr. Pechman is also the founder of waiterpay.com, a site that focuses on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry. Mr. Pechman is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law teaching the course"Wage Theft: Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities." A former Chair of the New York County Lawyers' Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Mr. Pechman moderates NYCLA's annual programs on "How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case" and "How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case." He served as Chair of the Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2015-2017.

Mr. Pechman's prior experience includes work as an attorney at some of the leading employment law firms in New York, as in-house labor counsel with the New York Daily News, and as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board. Admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, he is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Fordham University School of Law.



AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Workplace Law
-Employment Discrimination
-Union-Management Relations
-Employment Contracts
-Non-Competition Agreements
-Independent Contractor Issues
-Wage/Hour Disputes
-ERISA

BAR ADMISSIONS
-New York, 1984
-New Jersey, 1985
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
-U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

EDUCATION
-Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D.
-Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S.

Pechman Law Group PLLC
Louis Pechman

Louis Pechman practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including employment discrimination, sex harassment litigation, union-management relations, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, and overtime and pay disputes. As a practitioner for over 35 years in the labor and employment field, Mr. Pechman offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on improving the employment relationship and, where appropriate, terminating that relationship.

Mr. Pechman has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and as a New York Super Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment Law since 2006. He has a AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo. Mr. Pechman has also been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an honorary organization limited to 1% of attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession. Pechman Law Group PLLC, has been recognized by U.S. News' Best Law Firms as a Tier 1 law firm in Employment Law for Individuals and Labor Law for Management. Mr. Pechman has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" lawyers in New York City.

Mr. Pechman is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the fast-emerging area of wage and hour law. Over the past decade, he has litigated over 300 federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and the New York Labor Law. Mr. Pechman is also the founder of waiterpay.com, a site that focuses on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry. Mr. Pechman is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law teaching the course"Wage Theft: Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities." A former Chair of the New York County Lawyers' Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Mr. Pechman moderates NYCLA's annual programs on "How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case" and "How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case." He served as Chair of the Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2015-2017.

Mr. Pechman's prior experience includes work as an attorney at some of the leading employment law firms in New York, as in-house labor counsel with the New York Daily News, and as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board. Admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, he is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Fordham University School of Law.



AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Workplace Law
-Employment Discrimination
-Union-Management Relations
-Employment Contracts
-Non-Competition Agreements
-Independent Contractor Issues
-Wage/Hour Disputes
-ERISA

BAR ADMISSIONS
-New York, 1984
-New Jersey, 1985
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
-U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

EDUCATION
-Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D.
-Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S.

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