Jonathan L. Shapiro’s practice focuses on all aspects of employment-related litigation and disputes before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and alternative dispute resolution bodies. Jonathan’s experience includes defense of claims of discrimination, harassment/hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful termination and whistleblowing; disputes involving the enforcement of employment contracts and non-competition/non-solicitation covenants; and tort claims arising out of the employment relationship, such as breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition and tortious interference. He also has experience representing employers in wage and hour collective and class action litigation brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law.
Jonathan also advises clients on a broad variety of issues, including terminations and other disciplinary actions; employment, consulting and separation agreements; investigations of alleged harassment and other employee misconduct; employment policies and practices; and litigation avoidance.
Jonathan co-authored “First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Two Questions of First Impression Regarding the Federal Arbitration Act,” published in Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin. He also authored “Evaluating the ‘Timing Defense’ When Fighting DTSA Claims,” published in Law360, and “Trade Secret Laws: Massachusetts,” published by Thomson Reuters Practical Law.
Jonathan is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, where he serves on the Workplace Rights and Responsibilities Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee.
Jonathan also devotes time to pro bono cases, and was honored by the New York State Bar Association as “Empire State Counsel” in 2013 for his outstanding commitment to pro bono service.
Prior to joining Kasowitz:
- An asset management company and two of its officers in the defense of multiple claims from their former employer, including breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of confidential information, theft of corporate opportunities, tortious interference, unfair competition, unjust enrichment and breach of contract; plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case after the Supreme Court, New York County partially granted defendants’ motion to dismiss.
- A digital advertising company and its parent against a former executive for breach of contract for violation of a non-compete provision and several related tort claims; the Supreme Court, New York County denied the former executive’s motion to dismiss the breach of contract claim, finding that the Complaint stated a claim.
- A healthcare network and two of its employees in the defense of claims of hostile work environment, retaliation and violation of the New York Labor Law from a former employee in New York federal and state courts.
- A small business specialty finance company against claims from a former employee for breach of contract and unjust enrichment that was litigated in arbitration.
- A global aircraft manufacturing company in the defense of a whistleblowing claim asserted under New York law.
- A pharmaceutical company in the defense of multiple claims asserted by former employees for discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
- A global financial institution in claims from a former employee for discrimination in New York federal court.
- A New York hospital in an overtime wage and hour collective action brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law in New York federal court.