Emily Tortora's practice includes employment litigation and counseling, and general commercial litigation, on behalf of clients in the healthcare, education, hospitality, and consulting industries, among others.
Her experience includes:
- Frequently representing clients facing discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment claims under federal, state, and city laws—including Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the New York State Human Rights Law—in litigations in state and federal courts, and before various administrative agencies
- Advocating for clients accused of violating the leave provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act and applicable wage and hour laws
- Defending against claims by state entities for unemployment insurance contributions and prevailing wage payments
- Representing educational institutions in litigations brought by employees and former students
- Providing guidance to employers in connection with employment and severance agreements, including agreements involving senior-level executives
- Drafting and updating employee handbooks and various employment policies, including arbitration agreements, sexual harassment policies, and travel time compensation protocols
- Conducting employment-based due diligence for corporate transactions, keyed into evaluating risk associated with a target entity's employment practices
- Advising clients concerning meal and rest break requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act and related New York law
- Counseling employers regarding their obligations under the New York City Earned Sick Time Act and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
- Defending against restrictive covenant and breach of contract claims, and responding to charges before the National Labor Relations Board
While attending law school, Emily served as a legal intern with the New York State Office of the Attorney General, in the Litigation Bureau. Prior to attending law school, Emily worked as an assistant paralegal in a corporate immigration firm.