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Lois C. Schlissel

Managing Attorney, Chair of Employment Law

Ms. Schlissel chairs the firm’s Management Committee. Under her direction, the firm has experienced significant strategic growth. In addition to her management role, Mrs. Schlissel heads the firm’s Employment Law practice and is an active member of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution department. She counsels clients with respect to federal and state employment laws, compliance issues, and personnel matters and litigates significant commercial cases as well as claims arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave more.

  • Resolved through mediation a sexual harassment and gender discrimination case in which a young woman employee of a major financial institution alleged that she was raped by her manager after a social event sponsored by the company. After the termination of the manager’s employment, the complainant reported several instances of retaliation and asserted severe and continuing damages. All claims were successfully resolved at mediation.
  • Handled an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case involving a major media company accused of age discrimination by two former employees. We negotiated a settlement after briefing the case and overseeing the witness interviews at the EEOC.
  • Resolved, through arbitration, a sexual harassment and gender discrimination case in which a young woman alleged she was sexually harassed and touched by a co-worker at a Long Island restaurant. She also claimed retaliation for being terminated after she complained about the harassment. All claims were resolved through arbitration.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement of gender discrimination and retaliation claims involving a large university and a high level administrator after a successful jury trial in federal court.


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