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Labor & Employment

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Valerie K. Ferrier

Partner

 

Telephone: (212) 916-0920

Fascimile:  (212) 949-7054

Office Location: New York City

E-mail: valerie.ferrier@mcblaw.com

Valerie K. Ferrier is a Partner and head of MCB’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Ms. Ferrier is an experienced trial attorney, offering advice and counseling to clients to mitigate and manage risk regarding compliance issues, in addition to providing handbook and policy updates, and management and employee training. Ms. Ferrier has experience defending discrimination claims, including those brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. Her practice includes the defense of wage and hour and misclassification claims, both single plaintiff and class and collective actions, under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law. Ms. Ferrier has successfully defended both state and federal jury and bench trials, and has experience with state and federal appellate practice.

 

Ms. Ferrier comes to MCB from Ford Harrison, a boutique Labor & Employment defense firm. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ferrier served as managing partner of the New York office of a Florida-based commercial defense firm. She also worked for nearly eight years in the in-house law department of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, ultimately attaining the position of Executive Agency Counsel.

 

Ms. Ferrier earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2007 and her B.A. from Simon’s Rock College of Bard. She is admitted to practice in New York, Virginia, and New York federal courts.

Education

St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 2007

Simon’s Rock College of Bard, B.A. 1998

Admissions

New York

Virginia

United States District Courts: Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Events:

"It's Against My Religion"

Navigating Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

September 12, 2019 Webinar

The Great Debate: Hot Topics in Employment Law

Mar 12, 2019 Panelist - CLE Presentation, New York County Lawyers Association

 

Misclassification: Pitfalls and Best Practices for New York Employers 

November 15, 2018 Webinar

Publications:

#MeToo and the Backlash to the Backlash

September 30, 2019, MCB Defense Practice Update Fall 2019

Sweeping Changes to New York State Discrimination Law

September 2019, MD News, Click here to read article

Key Updates in International Employment Law for 2019

Summer Issue 2019, Today’s General Counsel

                                 

Municipal Liability Under the ADA for Website Inaccessibility

Jan 30, 2019  FordHarrison, LLP

 

Michigan Legislature Alters the Minimum Wage

Jan 10, 2019  On the Clock - FordHarrison, LLP

 

New Year’s Resolutions: Upcoming Increases to Minimum Wage in Many US States

Nov 29, 2018  The Word - Ius Laboris

 

Ninth Circuit Perpetuates Uncertainty in 80/20 Rule for Employers of Tipped Workers

Oct 2, 2018  FordHarrison, LLP

 

“This Call is Being Recorded”: Secret Workplace Recordings

Sep 6, 2018  FordHarrison, LLP

 

New York State Issues Draft Anti-Sexual Harassment Training

Aug 29, 2018  FordHarrison, LLP

 

New York City Takes a Step Toward Minimum Wage for App-Hail Drivers

Aug 17, 2018  On the Clock - FordHarrison, LLP

 

New York City Commission on Human Rights Issues Mandatory Anti-Sexual Harassment Poster

Aug 15, 2018  FordHarrison, LLP

 

New York City Considering Mandatory Minimum Wage for App-Hail Drivers

Jul 12, 2018  FordHarrison, LLP

 

When a Plaintiff’s Perjury Could Block a Wage Award

April 10, 2018  Law360

 

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2010 - present

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