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Mohammad Shihabi represents and advises clients on a broad range of labor and employment law issues including litigation.  

Mohammad has represented employers in claims asserted under federal statutes such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as state and local regulations including the New York Labor Law, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. He has litigated matters on behalf of clients in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies at the federal and local level, appearing before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. 

While litigation is central to Mohammad's practice, he also advises clients on day-to-day issues related to employment contracts, response to workplace complaints, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave accommodation, ADA and other accommodations, and wage and hour concerns. He also conducts workplace investigations and provides training to managerial and human resources teams on regulatory compliance and emerging trends in workplace law. Another critical focus of Mohammad's practice is aiding employers in drafting and implementing sound employment documents, policies, procedures, and handbooks, on the subjects of harassment and discrimination, employee release agreements, and non-competition/non-disclosure agreements, among others.  

Mohammad has represented companies in a number of industries including international restaurant chains, international public security companies, biopharmaceutical companies, and other nationwide and local businesses in New York and across the United States.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Mohammad was an associate in the labor and employment practice group of a large New York-based general services law firm. Earlier in his career he worked at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, enforcing New York City's anti-discrimination laws related to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment, housing, and public accommodations. After earning his J.D., he worked in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, investigating violations, assessing compliance, and enforcing civil rights statutes and court decisions involving elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions.  

Representative Experience
  • Defended large international restaurant chains against wage and hour claims and allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation before administrative agencies, state courts, and federal courts across the country.
  • Defended a multi-state accounting firm in a wage and hour litigation in which the plaintiff sought over $500,000 in alleged unpaid overtime. Following a favorable Report and Recommendation from the Magistrate Judge, achieved a significantly reduced settlement to resolve the case.
  • Handled investigations and related labor & employment matters, including employment separations and policy revisions, arising from possible cases of food poisoning for a large international restaurant chain.
  • Defended a large, international security firm against allegations of unpaid prevailing wages and fringe benefits. Secured favorable outcomes that avoided litigation and significantly reduced costs and potential risks for the client.
  • Defended large biopharmaceutical company against breach of employment contract allegations filed against the company by their former CEO.
Languages
  • Arabic (fluent)