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.

Representative Experience
  • Recently served as lead trial counsel in the US District Court, New Jersey defending a Motor Carrier in a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit involving the misclassification of owner operators as independent contractors.  
  • Recently conducted full wage hour audit of Fortune 100 company.  The audit included reviewing classifications of exempt employees and independent contractors, the time and attendance /payroll systems and policies and training materials.
  • In addition to representing employers in numerous routine single plaintiff discrimination cases, Sal handles complex and novel discrimination matters including the following:
    • Conducting a complex analysis of payroll records to defended company in pay equity class action where on the face on the record the company seemed to discriminate against certain protected classes.
    • Representing a corporation which was sued by another corporation for reverse discrimination under §12L of New Jersey's law against discrimination based on the company's diversity and inclusion policies.
    • Routinely providing advice to companies in termination of employees and reductions in force to avoid disparate impact and litigation.
Honors & Awards
  • "New Jersey Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers magazine, 2016-2018*
  • "40 Up and Comers in Corporate Employment Law" LawDragon, 2017-2018
  • *Salvador was selected to the Super Lawyers list issued by Thomson Reuters. The selection methodology is found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
News & Insights
  • Portuguese (fluent)