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Labor and Employment Practices Liability

Smith Sovik has extensive experience helping businesses throughout the Northeast strengthen their labor and employment practices. This includes developing employee handbooks and company policies, investigating claims of misconduct, offering advice on employee discipline or termination, representing clients at mediations and arbitrations and defending clients in the Federal and State courts.

Because employee issues often arise unexpectedly and require swift action, we respond immediately to potential discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment claims. Our proactive approach resolves potential claims before they are even commenced.

Our lawyers have handled cases regarding a variety of statutes, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 (1981 claims) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.  So when our clients choose to litigate, they know their case is being defended by a seasoned, successful trial lawyer.

As an academic psychiatrist there are numerous occasions during which challenging clinical cases appear...one such case, for me, resulted in a NYS Justice Center investigation in which I was alleged to have abused and/or neglected a patient due to the use of a behavioral contract...quite fortunately, my legal representation was adroitly provided by Kevin Hulslander a partner at the Smith Sovik firm. His knowledge and support were instrumental in my acquittal...this outcome is all the more astounding given the "low legal bar" the Justice Center must overcome...I am most fortunate, therefore, that my malpractice insurance carrier uses Mr. Hulslander's law firm. 

Defendant Psychiatrist