Charles Joseph

Charles Joseph

Firm Overview

Charles Joseph founded Joseph and Kirschenbaum LLP in 1997, after graduating from the NYU School of Law in 1990 and working for a large Wall Street firm. Joseph and Kirschenbaum is a boutique firm of five attorneys dedicated to helping employees win workers' rights claims. His team has recovered more than $100,000,000 for victims of employer wrongdoing.

Main Office

Joseph & Kirschenbaum, LLP
32 Broadway, Suite 601

New York NY 10004


(212) 651-4238



Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

My firm operates on a contingency basis, which means I only get paid if I recover money for you.

Sexual Harassment

Fighting Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environments

Sexual harassment and hostile work environments are a serious problem in the United States. Unfortunately, harassment can occur in any workplace. Victims often develop health problems from the stress, and some eventually quit their jobs despite having done nothing wrong. Too many suffer in silence for fear of being labeled as overly sensitive or a troublemaker. Charles Joseph helps victims of sexual harassment recover damages from their employers. If you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you need an attorney who has experience handling hostile work environment claims. I understand the nuances of state and federal sexual harassment laws and the anxiety and fear you may be experiencing. Our firm has helped thousands of individuals put a stop to employer abuse and gain compensation for the damage they have already suffered. Contact me today to talk about your situation.

Overtime Pay

Fighting Against Wage Theft

Wage theft is a serious problem, and it can affect any worker, from tipped employees like restaurant workers to misclassified salaried employees. Unfortunately, many workers are victims of wage theft by their employers, and often workers do not even realize that they are being deprived of thousands of dollars of wages that they are owed under federal, state, and local law. If you are the victim of wage theft, you need an attorney who understands overtime pay claims, tip theft, and equal pay claims. I have decades of experience fighting against wage theft, and my firm has been recognized by federal courts as among the strongest voices in the country advocating relentlessly for victims of wage theft. Contact me today to discuss your wage theft claim.

Wrongful Termination

Fighting Against Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

In New York, employers are not allowed to fire workers for certain reasons. Multiple laws at the federal, state, and city level protect workers from retaliation and wrongful termination. If you have complained about discrimination or harassment, participated in an investigation against your employer, or if you fall into a protected category, you may have a legal remedy for your wrongful termination. Charles Joseph has years of experience helping victims of retaliation and wrongful termination recover damages from their employers. If you have been the victim of retaliation or wrongful termination, you need an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of state and federal employment laws. Our firm has helped thousands of individuals put a stop to employer abuses and gain compensation for the damage they have already suffered including getting your job back. Contact me today to talk about your case.


A Specialist In Employment Law

Charles Joseph is an expert in employment law, including workplace discrimination, hostile work environments, and immigrant workers' rights. He uses the legal system to fight against discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, sexual preference, religion, disability, and more. Charles has helped workers achieve major legal victories. He provides comprehensive representation to workers struggling with labor violations or other illegal conduct by their employers. His firm has recovered over $100 million for workers in the New York area. If you have been the victim of discrimination, a hostile work environment, or any other form of mistreatment by your employer, contact Charles Joseph today.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Joseph and Kirschenbaum fights for those whose rights have been violated. The legal system offers protection to workers who suffer without knowing help is available. We are committed to battling workplace discrimination, exploitation, and harassment. The dedicated attorneys at Joseph and Kirschenbaum are relentless in using the legal system to make life and work more fair for our clients. This has earned us the respect and admiration of our clients, the courts, defense counsel, and our fellow workers' rights attorneys and organizations.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Results count. We have recovered over $100,000,000 for our clients. Our practice is no secret; we have broken new ground in the law. We are frequently featured in local and national news. In one recent article, my partner, Maimon Kirschenbaum, was described as a "Giant Killer" for his unwavering advocacy for hospitality workers' rights. Our firm charges purely on contingency, meaning there are no fees for retaining the firm's services we only get paid if we recover money for you.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Joseph and Kirschenbaum is a boutique firm of five attorneys. Each is well versed and experienced in employment law generally and also maintains individual areas of concentration. Together, our legal team's experience and talents give our firm the ability to competently represent employees and applicants in a wide array of employment law matters before both federal and New York administrative panels and courts. My focus includes workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environments, whistleblower claims, and wage and hour cases.

Charles Edward Joseph

Charles Joseph

I was awarded a Juris Doctor in 1990 from New York University's School of Law. Before forming Joseph and Kirschenbaum LLP, I was a litigation attorney with a large Wall Street firm, where I practiced for more than six years, largely on behalf of corporate clients.

The Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) has honored me for my work in political asylum cases. I successfully obtained political asylum for China's leading literary dissident, refugees from Pakistan, Sudan, and Ukraine, as well as the wife and seven children of a Haitian rural organizer who were hiding from a Ton-Ton killing squad and now legally reside in the United States. I have also worked on behalf of The Center for Constitutional Rights to bring a mass-murdering eastern European political leader to justice under The Torture Victim Protection Act.

I am currently pursuing a master's degree in history from the University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics and Archaeology with a focus on the history of workers. I have created a website specifically to express my interest in all aspects of work and workers, including a section outlining workers' legal rights. For more information, please visit


Rabbinical College of America
Bachelor in Religious Studies, 1986

New York University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1990

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