My practice focuses on New York employment law and disability issues.
Unemployment insurance benefits appeals hearings are a great place to gather evidence for potential wrongful termination or employment discrimination claims. Employers often believe that their policies, procedures, employee handbooks will validate termination actions. My experience has been the opposite. Employee handbooks are often inaccurate, incomplete, and circumvented by management. A great example is the industry which serves the elderly and troubled youth, considered vulnerable persons, which is monitored by the New York State Justice Center. Since 2013 these employers have struggled to revise employee handbooks, to train employees, and to keep up with regulations which mandate reporting abuse. Hearing evidence obtained at these proceedings can sometimes be used to pursue claims for employment discrimination.
Wage and hour issues are not uncommon. Executives, professionals and administrative employees are exempt from overtime pay. However, for Fair Labor Standards Act purposes, administratively exempt employees must exercise discretion in their positions to be truly exempt from overtime pay. Employers often don't keep records for the hours worked by all employees and an improperly classified administrative employee can then prove the actual hours worked strictly according to their own credible testimony. Employee job titles can be misleading. They might convey authority and discretion that employees don't actually have. Reclassifying such employees to hourly workers can result in substantial damages, including prevailing party attorneys' fees; in favor of a successfully reclassified employee.
Some employees and employers are surprised that sexual harassment at work and hostile work environments still exist. Employees need to object or complain when they become the subjects of such behavior. No employee must tolerate a hostile work environment.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Highest Scholasitic Achievement||Valparaiso University School of Law||1988|
|Attorney||Urba Law Firm||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Central Florida Law Offices of Jonas Urba, P.A.||2004 - 2013|
|Human Resources Director||Modern Business Associates, Inc.||2003 - 2004|
|Attorney||Fowler White Boggs Banker||2002 - 2003|
|Attorney||Miller, Kagan, Rodriguez & Silver, PA||2001 - 2002|
|Attorney||Law Office of Jonas Urba, P.C.||1996 - 2001|
|Assistant General Counsel||Department Of Business & Professional Regulation||1990 - 1994|
|Assistant District Attorney||20th Judicial Circuit Of Florida||1988 - 1989|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of New York||Member||2014 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Westchester County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|New York City Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Valparaiso University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of South Florida||Business Administration||MBA - Master of Business Administration||1983|
|Indiana University-Bloomington||Business Administration||BS - Bachelor of Science||1980|