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Legal Divisions - Labor and Employment Law

The Labor and Employment Law Division represents the City in litigation arising out of the City's role as the employer of more than a quarter-million workers. In representing the City in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, the division's attorneys encounter a wide range of employment issues in both individual and class actions.

The issues litigated by the Division's attorneys include claims concerning the First Amendment free speech rights of municipal employees, claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the State and City Human Rights Laws, allegations of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, claims under the Equal Pay Act, as well as claims brought by both individual City employees and unions based on collective bargaining agreements and the Civil Service Law.


What Summer Interns Do?
In the Labor and Employment Division, summer interns typically draft between two and four responses to State court complaints, either answers or motions to dismiss and accompanying memorandum of law. Typically, these answers and/or cross-motions will be in response to a challenge by a City employee to an administrative decision made by a City agency, including the imposition of disciplinary charges, termination of employment or a transfer or reassignment within the agency. Summer interns may also draft papers in response to a challenge of an arbitrator's decision to terminate a public school teacher after an internal, quasi-judicial proceeding. Summer interns also typically assist attorneys in research and writing federal court motions, including summary judgment motions and motions to dismiss. With all assignments, the intern can expect to work closely with attorneys in the division and receive substantive feedback regarding their work product. Interns also accompany attorneys to court conferences, oral arguments, depositions and trials. The Labor and Employment division typically takes between 3 and 5 interns.

View the Law Department's Annual Reports for More Information about the Labor and Employment Law Division

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