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Jeffrey G. Douglas

Senior Associate / New YorkBerkeley Heights

Jeffrey concentrates his practice on counseling and representing employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters.

Jeffrey focuses his practice on wage and hour compliance and litigation, employment discrimination litigation, traditional labor law, and ERISA matters. He has extensive experience litigating collective action wage and hour and employment discrimination matters in both federal and state courts as well as representing clients in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, U.S. Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board. 

Before joining FordHarrison, Jeffrey worked at a full service firm and two boutique labor and employment firms specializing in ERISA litigation and employment litigation. Immediately after law school, Jeffrey served as a legal fellow at the Nassau County Office of Labor Relations where he regularly counseled County management on personnel decisions and represented the County at arbitration hearings, mediations and Public Employment Relations Board proceedings.

In addition to his regular practice, Jeffrey lectures on issues involving religious discrimination and accommodation. Jeffrey has also written and lectured extensively about the development of the disparate impact theory of discrimination in both American and European Union law.

Jeffrey earned his law degree from the Fordham University School of Law where he was awarded the Addison M. Metcalf Labor Law Prize. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  At Cornell, Jeffrey concentrated his studies in collective bargaining, labor and employment law and labor history.

Representative Experience
  • Defended an international hotel management company in a complex wage and hour collective action in which plaintiffs sought over $3.1 million in unpaid overtime. Achieved a resolution prior to depositions for a significantly reduced settlement.

  • Represented a home health care agency in a pregnancy discrimination action in which an employee alleged the employer’s implementation and application of a neutral work rule constituted pregnancy discrimination.The New York State Division of Human Rights dismissed the complaint.

  • Defended several large residential apartment management companies in collective action wage and hour litigations and achieved significantly reduced settlements prior to commencing formal discovery.

  • Obtained dismissal of unfair labor practice charges filed against a residential apartment management company after the union alleged the employer stacked the unit then discharged employees after an election.

  • Defended employers in the construction, supermarket and nursing home industries in ERISA delinquent contribution actions and negotiated significantly reduced settlements for alleged contributions owed.

Honors & Awards
  • "New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star," by Super Lawyers Magazine