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Maria Tavano concentrates her practice on the representation of management in matters involving labor and employment law. 

Maria counsels both private and public sector clients in a wide range of employment matters, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims brought under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, EPA, and sections 1981 and 1983 of the Civil Rights Acts, as well as similar state and city statutes. Maria has appeared on behalf of clients in New York and New Jersey federal and state courts. She has also successfully represented clients in administrative proceedings before the U.S. EEOC, as well as before state human rights agencies including the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. In many of these administrative matters, Maria was able to obtain no probable cause findings at the pre-conference stage.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Maria was a counsel in the employment law practice of a large general practice law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. While in law school, she served on the Rutgers Moot Court Board and was Articles Editor for Women's Rights Law Reporter. She was also awarded Best Brief in the Nathan Baker Mock Trial competition. 

Representative Experience
  • Obtained dismissal and a determination of no violation by the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights of two companion charges alleging age discrimination and wrongful termination on behalf of a global aviation manufacturer.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment and a favorable settlement of the remaining claims on behalf of a New Jersey state private university in a case filed by a former student alleging violations of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination in connection with an alleged sexual assault on campus.
  • Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment on behalf of a New York Fire District in a suit filed by its former treasurer alleging claims of wrongful termination and First Amendment retaliation.
  • Obtained summary judgment and complete dismissal of civil rights and intentional tort claims brought against a major multi-national retailer. Also successfully represented that retailer against claims of gender, age and disability discrimination and retaliation under the NJLAD and CEPA.
  • Represented a NYC convention center with a partially unionized workforce in numerous matters before the EEOC, New York Division of Human Rights and New York City Commission on Human Rights.