Sal Simao focuses his practice on the representation of companies in employment law matters with a specialization in wage and hour litigation and compliance.
Sal also frequently defends employers against allegations of age, race, national origin, disability, and sex discrimination; sexual and racial harassment; and retaliation. His litigation experience includes representing employers in wage and hour class actions, non-compete claims and ERISA cases. Sal provides Fortune 500 companies day-to-day employment law advice in developing compliance auditing tools, developing informal partnership agreements between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Fortune 500 companies and training executives, human resources personnel and managers. Sal co-chairs the discrimination international practice group of Ius Laboris, the global human resources law firm alliance of which FordHarrison is the sole U.S. member. He is also on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Motor Truck Association.Earlier in his career, Sal was a Trial Attorney with the Office of the Solicitor of the DOL. During his time with the DOL, he litigated a number of novel and high profile wage and hour cases. He also negotiated several unique settlements, securing remedies that were otherwise unobtainable under wage and hour statutes and which served as models for future settlements. Sal successfully represented the DOL in Sereboff v. Mid-Atlantic, 407 F.3d 212 (4th Cir. 2005); which was later affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. While at DOL, Sal won several of awards including being the youngest attorney at the time to win the attorney of the year award and several Secretary Exceptional Achievement Awards.