Employment Law

Shatzkin & Mayer counsels businesses and individuals with respect to rights in hiring, firing, severance and employment-related discrimination in a variety of employment settings.

We negotiate and prepare employment contracts on behalf of employees and employers, as well as confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants, severance agreements and releases.

  • Won denial of a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction sought by a typeface design firm against a former employee.  The firm claimed that our client had breached his fiduciary duty by designing his own typefaces while he was employed, which he marketed competitively after being dismissed from his job. The settlement of the case, arrived at without further litigation, affirmed the client’s ownership of and right to exploit the designs.
  • By bringing a summary judgment motion, defeated a complaint against a high-fashion eyewear sales employee and his new employer who were accused by the former employer of using its trade secrets.
  • Obtained dismissal, on motion papers, of a claim of sexual harassment against a major New York department store.
  • Obtained dismissal of a claim of sexual harassment and sex-based employment discrimination brought against the Long Island Rail Road at the close of plaintiff’s case in a jury trial in New York Supreme Court.
  • Counseled a small business owner in the dismissal of a salesperson who was a noncitizen employed pursuant to a special work visa and who was suspected of theft and other misconduct.
  • When, shortly after hiring a competitor’s former employees as its new sales director,  our client received the competitor’s claim letter informing it that the new hire had copied the competitor’s client lists before starting his new job, amicably resolved the matter with no adverse impact for the client, including in connection with sales achieved by the new hire on the client’s behalf.
  • Won vacatur of a temporary restraining order and denial of a preliminary injunction in New York Supreme Court sought against our small-business client and its newly hired salesman by the salesman’s former employer, which claimed he was bound by a contractual noncompetition clause.  The case was promptly settled.