Howard M. Wexler is a partner in the Labor and Employment group in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office. His practice includes the representation of management in employment litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, New York State Division of Human Rights and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.
In this role, Mr. Wexler has extensive experience defending both single and multi-plaintiff discrimination/harassment cases, class and/or collective actions, as well as lawsuits initiated by the EEOC. He has represented employers in class and collective actions and multi-plaintiff claims involving discrimination/harassment on the basis of age, race, gender, national origin, and other protected classifications as well as whistleblower actions, including under New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”).
His wage-and-hour experience includes the defense of major class action claims involving meal breaks, rest breaks, misclassification, and work-off-the-clock allegations. Mr. Wexler is Co-Chair of Seyfarth’s New Jersey Practice Group. Mr. Wexler has lectured on employment matters, including discrimination and harassment avoidance, workplace investigations, reductions in force, and Federal and State wage and hour laws.
Mr. Wexler also counsels employers on preventative practices to minimize workplace disputes, including advising employers on issues relating to personnel handbooks and policies, employee relations, internal complaints and investigations, FMLA and ADA issues, as well as other employment issues which employers face routinely.
He provides training for attorneys, executives, human resources professionals, and managers on best EEO practices, preventing sexual harassment, and avoiding employment litigation claims. Mr. Wexler also defends clients in lawsuits arising under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related New York state and New York City disability access laws.
As part of his traditional labor law practice, Mr. Wexler counsels and represents employers in disputes arising from collective bargaining relationships in both grievance and arbitration proceedings and has defended unfair labor practice claims before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
He has taught Employment Law at the Pratt Institute and the New School as an adjunct professor. Mr. Wexler is also a frequent contributor to, and often quoted in, publications including Newsday, Corporate Counsel and the Long Island Business News dealing with issues relating to labor and employment law.
- J.D., Boston University School of Law, cum laude (2007)
- Paul J. Liacos Scholar
- Honors in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration
- B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University (2004)
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Executive Committee)
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