Alyssa Smilowitz concentrates her practice on counseling clients in employment law matters. Her practice includes representing employers in litigation involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and violations of federal and state employment law regulations.
Prior to joining FordHarrison, Alyssa served as an associate in the New York office of a national labor and employment law boutique firm. Alyssa has extensive experience drafting position statements, pleadings, legal briefs, discovery documents, motions, settlement agreements and affidavits. She also assists clients with the analysis of employment files, records and agreements in preparation for single-plaintiff and wage and hour class action litigation. To help employers avoid potential litigation risks, Alyssa advises them on disability and leave management issues regarding compliance with FMLA, ADA and analogous state laws, including drafting employer letters to employees and healthcare providers. Additionally, Alyssa drafts and revises employee handbooks, separation agreements, employer trainings and drug and alcohol testing policies.
Alyssa's experience is not limited to employment law matters. She routinely assists with traditional labor research, collective bargaining and hearings before the NLRB. She is also experienced in helping federal contractor and subcontractor employers navigate federal affirmative action compliance including the analysis of employers' workforce and compensation data to develop and maintain annual affirmative action plans.