Alnisa S. Bell is an associate in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s New York office. Ms. Bell represents employers in matters involving federal and state statutes, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, New York Labor Law, and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
Ms. Bell represents employers in federal and state courts as well as administrative proceedings in matters involving claims of discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, national origin, religion, disability and other protected characteristics, as well as claims of sexual and racial harassment and/or retaliation.
Ms. Bell also represents clients in the financial services industry in arbitrations before FINRA, and has experience defending whistleblower claims brought pursuant to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Ms. Bell is an active member in the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Bar Association.
She regularly writes articles and client alerts on topics ranging from gender pay inequity to criminal background checks, including a recent article in the New Jersey Law Journalentitled, “When the EEOC Knocks, You Must Answer: Criminal Background Checks and the Concerns for Responsible Employers.”
Ms. Bell is a member of the New York office’s Diversity Action Team, and serves as a mentor to current law students and other young lawyers, including participants in the Labor & Employment Department’s Fellowship program, an innovative training-focused program for law students with an affinity for labor and employment law.
Ms. Bell was among a select group of undergraduate students nationally to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke scholarship, a full tuition, merit-based scholarship to attend law school, and was profiled in the New Jersey Star Ledger and The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education for her accomplishments. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Bell was an associate at a large New Jersey firm, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carmen Messano in the New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division.
- J.D., Rutgers University Law School, Newark (2009)
- Jack Kent Cooke Scholar
- Senior Managing Editor, Rutgers Race & The Law Review
- Moot Court Board member, semi-finalist in the Nathan Baker Mock Trial Competition
- A.B., Bryn Mawr College (2006)
- magna cum laude with Honors in Political Science, Senior Class Co-President
- New York Bar Association
- New Jersey Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- National Bar Association
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