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Tony Dulgerian



Tony Dulgerian is an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment practice group. Tony assists employers of all sizes navigate and resolve complex employment issues. Tony also defends employers in a wide range of employment-related litigation in many industries—including health care, financial services, education, esports and retail.

What do you focus on?

I represent employers in connection with a broad range of employment-related issues, with two main areas of focus:

Advice and counsel

I help my clients resolve issues relating to all phases of the employment relationship, from hiring to separation and beyond, while ensuring compliance with the complex web of federal, state and local laws that apply to employers. For example, I assist employers with drafting offer letters and employment agreements, determining whether discipline or termination of employment is legally supportable, conducting internal investigations (including sexual harassment and other similar types of investigations), addressing employees’ requests for an accommodation due to a disability and addressing issues that arise during mergers, acquisitions and related transactions. In addition, I help employers draft employee handbooks, internal policies, employment agreements, separation agreements, releases and other employment-related documents to maximize compliance and minimize risk. I also provide training to my clients’ employees and supervisors (including anti-harassment and anti-retaliation training, among others) designed to help clients avoid litigation and manage risk.

Recently, I assisted over 70 clients with ensuring compliance with the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (NYPFL), from drafting and updating policies and employee handbooks to providing guidance regarding the complicated requirements of the NYPFL and how to manage and respond to employees’ requests and questions. In this regard, I have developed model NYPFL policies which I have customized for both large and small employers. I have also published several alerts and conducted many webinars and live presentations regarding the NYPFL, some of which are available for download below.

Aside from the NYPFL, I also advise employers on compliance with federal, state and local employment laws including, among others, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the New York Human Rights Laws, New York Labor Law, New York City Human Rights Law and the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act.

I am also a member of Nixon Peabody’s esports task force and can assist employers in the esports industry with employment-related issues in a unique and quickly growing field.

Employment-related litigation

I represent employers in connection with state and federal court litigations, as well as administrative proceedings before various federal, state and local agencies. My litigation experience spans a broad array of employment-related disputes, including discrimination, harassment, accommodation, retaliation, whistleblower, breach of contract, defamation and wage and hour (including misclassification and overtime) claims. I also represent employers in claims involving restrictive covenants, including trade secret, non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality disputes.

What do you see on the horizon?

It seems that every day, there is a new federal, state or local employment law that employers need to worry about. In addition, the recent “Me Too” and related movements have had, and will likely continue to have, a significant impact on how employers train their employees and supervisors and respond to and investigate claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Based on these recent trends, I expect to see an increase of claims and litigation filed against employers.

Presentations

  • “Ins and Outs of Leave Policies and Family Issues,” NEBGH Family-Friendly Benefits and Women's Health Conference, New York, NY, December 12, 2018

New York gets more worker-friendly

Long Island Business News | December 10, 2018

Long Island Labor & Employment associate Tony Dulgerian is quoted extensively in this story on several recent worker-friendly policies enacted in various New York municipalities, including paid family leave and anti-sexual harassment trainings.

Absent with leave

Long Island Business News | January 24, 2018

Long Island Labor & Employment associate Tony Dulgerian is quoted in this article discussing the rules and policies regarding the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law.

What to Know About NY's New Paid Family Leave Law: Part 2

Law360.com | January 11, 2018

Long Island labor and employment associates Tony Dulgerian, Chris Moro and David Tauster co-wrote this second article in a two-part series addressing employers’ frequently asked questions about New York state’s new paid family leave law.

What to Know About NY's New Paid Family Leave Law: Part 1

Law360.com | January 10, 2018

Long Island labor and employment associates Tony Dulgerian, Christopher Moro and David Tauster co-wrote this first article in a two-part series addressing employers’ frequently asked questions about New York state’s new paid family leave law.

Gender Identity Discrimination: What New York Employers Should Know

Bloomberg BNA Labor & Employment Blog | March 24, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich and associate Tony Dulgerian are featured in this piece discussing new regulations from the New York State Division of Human Rights regarding gender identity employment discrimination.

Contact

Tony Dulgerian

Associate

Long Island

Phone: 516-832-7520

New York

Phone: 212-940-6940


Fax: 516-832-7555

Fordham Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

New York University, B.A., cum laude

New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Tony Dulgerian was named a “Rising Star” in the New York Metro area by SuperLawyers for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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