Fighting For Your Rights
100 Church Street
New York NY 10007
We fight for employees who have been victims of employment/workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, medical leave & FMLA violations, unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, and wrongful terminations. We serve employees in NYC, NYS and in New Jersey.
As an African American/Black woman, attorney Laurie E. Morrison, Esq. has first-hand experience with employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other unlawful workplace abuse, and she fights for each and every one of her clients. Laurie graduated from Columbia University, magna cum laude, and from Cornell Law School. Laurie also served as a judicial clerk in the Southern District of New York, and worked in prominent New York City law firms for several years. A champion of employee rights, Laurie is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), an employee advocacy group. Laurie is also a member of the NAACP and of the ACLU. Laurie has also lobbied on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on behalf of workers. Most recently, Laurie successfully worked to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to expand coverage to persons the learning disabilities and other challenges; Laurie lobbied against forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts; and Laurie lobbied against the Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc. decision that heightened plaintiffs' burden in establishing age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"). Whether you need someone to consult with while you try to keep a job, or you are looking for a vigorous advocate to fight for you in court, we can defend your employee rights. Laurie also counsels employers on establishing, developing and implementing effective employment policies and practices that help enhance employee relations and minimize the risk of costly lawsuits. Some of Laurie's professional achievements include: Successfully litigating employee claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation based on race, ethnicity, sexual harassment, gender, nationality, pregnancy, disability, religion, medical leaves, FMLA, sexual orientation, age and other legally protected classes; Successfully litigating employee claims of unpaid wages and of unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and the New York Labor Law, including defeating claims of exemptions from the FLSA, challenging misclassifications of employees as independent contractors, and establishing joint employer status; Successfully negotiating severance packages and benefits for terminated employees; Co-drafting sections of the 2008 Amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to expand statutory coverage to people with learning and other disabilities on behalf of the National Center for Learning Disabilities; Successfully drafting discovery and dispositive motions, including drafting a dispositive brief that resulted in successful oral argument before the New York Court of Appeals in the landmark case Hodes v. Pachter. The Hodes case interpreted Article 6 of the New York Labor Law to include statutory coverage for executives and determined when wages are deemed "earned" under the New York Labor Law; Counseling clients on all aspects of federal, state and local law, including unpaid wages and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation under New York and Federal Law, disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), and interference with medical and family leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"); As a judicial law clerk in the Southern District of New York, Laurie also handled several employment and general litigation disputes, including claims for wrongful terminations of employment, discrimination and harassment under Federal Law, and violations of the First Amendment. Laurie also assisted in settlement negotiations and prepared the Federal Judge for trials involving claims for race and gender discrimination, harassment and retaliation under Federal Law.
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