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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 a boutique Labor & Employment defense firm. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ferrier served as managing partner of the New York office of a commercial defense firm. She also worked for nearly eight years in the in-house law departments of the NYC Transit Authority and the MTA Bus Company, 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

Memberships

New York City Bar Association

Greater New York Chamber of Commerce

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

New York State Restaurant Association

Events:

Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination: What is it Not?

December 18, 2019 - Webinar

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Things You Didn’t Know You Needed to Protect Your Business

December 5, 2019 - Greater New York Chamber of Commerce

Classification and Misclassification: Protecting Your Bottom Line

November 19, 2019 - Webinar    

"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​

Publications:

The Writing is on the Wall: A $15 Minimum Wage Edges Toward the New
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Sexual Harassment Training: Are You in Compliance?

 January 2020, MD News

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#MeToo and the Backlash to the Backlash

September 30, 2019, MCB Defense Practice Update Fall 2019

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Sweeping Changes to New York State Discrimination Law

September 2019, MD News

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Key Updates in International Employment Law for 2019

Summer Issue 2019, Today’s General Counsel                

              

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

Nov 29, 2018  The Word - Ius Laboris

When a Plaintiff’s Perjury Could Block a Wage Award

April 10, 2018  Law360

 

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