Sarah Fucci

Associate
Fucci Sarah

Sarah Fucci’s practice spans a variety of legal issues, including contract disputes arising from breaches, restrictive covenants and non-compete issues; employment litigation; labor and union issues; and compliance-related issues. Sarah counsels clients on various employment issues and traditional labor matters across various industries, including, but not limited to, the hospitality, healthcare, nonprofit, and education industries. She also litigates matters in these industries. 

Sarah has experience negotiating and navigating collective bargaining agreements and arbitrating related disputes; conducting internal investigations related to personnel issues, sexual misconduct and Title IX violations; and litigating single-plaintiff and class action cases arising from employment contract disputes, discrimination, and wage and hour claims, among other matters.

Sarah counsels employers on personnel and workplace issues, including drafting employee handbooks, teleworking policies, return-to-work policies, and separation agreements, among other issues. She also advises employers and educational institutions on compliance-related issues for the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act of 1988; the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA); Title IX and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and other federal and New York state and city laws.

During law school, Sarah was a student attorney in the Cyberharassment Clinic at New York Law School, where she conducted client interviews, offered counsel on various legal options, and drafted legislation. She also served as the executive notes and comments editor of the New York Law School Law Review, and she is published there.

In addition, Sarah served as an intern at the New York Division of Housing and Community Renewal in the Office of Legal Affairs. While there, she assisted in preparation of oral arguments and took lead on arguments on behalf of the Division, researched and drafted affirmations, memoranda of law, answers, and submissions regarding relevant case law, regulations, and statutes for pending New York State Supreme Court and Appellate Division, 1st Department proceedings.  She also researched and drafted memoranda regarding application of Private Housing Finance Law, Rent Stabilization Law, and Rent Stabilization Code, and attended board of directors’ meetings for nonprofit organizations.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Representing a major New York hospital in negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement, advising on various compliance-related issues with the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) including union access issues and allegations of unlawful conduct, and assisting in negotiations of a stipulation for bargaining units later organized at satellite locations
  • Representing a major private university facing breach of contract and fraud claims
  • Advising a political campaign facing fraud and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims
  • Counseling a New York Charter Management Organization seeking review of an internal investigation 
  • Defending a corporation and its officers facing various contract, fraud, and fiduciary duty claims
  • Counseling a private law school on updating and revising its Title IX policies to comply with the Department of Education’s final Title IX regulations
  • Advising various businesses and schools on compliance-related COVID-19 closure and reopening issues with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state and local orders and guidance, among other federal, state, and local laws and regulations

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude New York Law School 2019
    • Legal intern, Division of Housing and Community Renewal, New York Office of Legal 
      Affairs
    • John Marshall Harlan Scholar
    • Member, Dean’s Leadership Council
    • Executive notes and comments editor, New York Law School Law Review
  • B.A. Legal Studies cum laude University of Massachusetts at Amherst 2015

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Active in Venable’s Pro Bono program
  • Represents pro bono clients in connection with asylum applications
  • Participated in the Venable–New York Law School Simulated Summer Associate Program to guide students who lost or were unable to obtain employment because of the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Assists pro bono clients in employment counseling