Mr. Mintzer has successfully represented clients against many of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world, including media conglomerates, financial services firms, accounting/consulting firms, and pharmaceutical giants. He has succeeded on behalf of discrimination plaintiffs at all levels of the corporate ladder, including senior executives, mid-level managers, professionals, as well as administrative assistants and support staff.
Having represented numerous plaintiffs who have experienced the trauma of unlawful harassment at work, Mr. Mintzer knows how to successfully pursue claims on behalf of harassment victims. Among other successful representations, in 2007, he served as co-lead counsel for the plaintiff in Anucha Browne Sanders v. Madison Square Garden, Isiah Thomas and James Dolan, which resulted in the largest jury verdict ever reported in a single-plaintiff sexual harassment case in New York.
Retaliation claims are often the most persuasive claims available to employees in workplace-related litigation. Mr. Mintzer has extensive experience in pursuing retaliation claims on behalf of workers and executives who have been punished for opposing unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, or fraudulent conduct.
One of the most important employment-related laws passed in the last 20 years, the FMLA provides crucial protections for employees who need time off to recover from a serious health condition, to care for a close relative who is ill, or to care for a new baby. Mr. Mintzer has successfully represented employees who have been denied their rights under the FMLA or who have been punished for exercising those rights.
Receiving proper payment for services rendered should be a straightforward proposition. However, the laws governing the payment of wages, particularly overtime wages and commission payments, have become quite complex and difficult to navigate. Mr. Mintzer has counseled and litigated on behalf of many clients who have been denied wages, overtime pay and commissions, including employees in the financial services industry.
Mr. Mintzer has substantial experience in pursuing employee benefit claims, contractual obligations and related claims on behalf of executives, professionals and small companies. He provides effective and practical business counsel to clients facing commercial disputes.
Employees and executives are with increasing frequency required to sign post-employment restrictions, including covenants-not-to-compete and covenants-not-to-solicit former colleagues or clients. It is a mistake to assume, as many do, that these restrictions are not enforceable or should not be taken seriously. Mr. Mintzer has successfully counseled and defended numerous clients who have been sued or threatened with suit on the basis of a post-employment covenant.
The key to achieving a successful economic result in the negotiation of a severance or employment agreement is having adequate legal or business leverage. Moreover, these agreements often contain legal jargon that makes it difficult for a layperson to know what he or she is being asked to sign. Mr. Mintzer advises clients how to maximize leverage in the negotiation of an employment or severance agreement while avoiding contractual pitfalls.