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.

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
One Penn Plaza
Suite 4905
New York, NY 10119


(212) 587-0760


(212) 587-4169


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Office Information

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, French, Hindi

Other Offices

1845 Walnut Street
Suite 1600
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Derek Smith Law Firm, PLLC
73 Forest Lake Drive
Hewitt, NJ 07421

Sexual Harassment

New York City, New Jersey, Miami, Los Angeles, 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. Miami, Los Angeles, 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, Miami, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia sexual harassment and discrimination lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC believe in being the voice for employees who have been afflicted by sex harassment and discrimination while at work.

From unwanted sexual advances to criminal conduct and rape, the 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, Miami, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia?
Sexual harassment in New York City, New Jersey, Miami, Los Angeles, 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 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 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 sexual harassment lawyer right away. A New York City, New Jersey, Miami, Los Angeles, 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
-Miami Sexual Harassment Lawyers
-Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyers
-How to File a Harassment Suit
-Finding the Right New York City, New Jersey. Miami, Los Angeles and Philadelphia Harassment Attorney
-Harassment at Work
-Finding the Right Sexual Harassment Lawyer
-Understanding New York Harassment Laws
-Philadelphia Employment Discrimination
-Miami Employment Discrimination
-Los Angeles Employment Discrimination

Derek Smith

Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

-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.

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

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

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

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.


Dickinson School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1994

Olivia Uzan

Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

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.

French, English

Caroline Hope Miller, Esq

Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

Partner | Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination Attorney

Email: | Phone: 215.391.4790

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

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


Drexel University, J.D.; Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
Juris Doctorate,