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Christopher G. Gegwich



Christopher G. Gegwich is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s nationally recognized Labor and Employment group. Christopher represents public and private institutions, ranging from small businesses to huge corporations to nonprofit organizations in all aspects of labor and employment law.

What do you focus on?

My practice focuses on three main areas—employment litigation, preventative counseling and education law.

Employment Litigation

I am an experienced trial attorney and routinely handle federal and state court litigations alleging claims of discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, breach of contract, restrictive covenant and wage and hour issues. I have extensive experience with defending employers against claims filed with various local, state and federal administrative agencies as well as handling labor arbitrations.

Counseling

On a regular basis, I provide advice and counseling to employers, as well as training, regarding a variety of employment law issues, such as termination decisions, employee discipline, disability accommodation, social media issues and compliance with various local, state and federal laws.

Educational Law

I represent a number of colleges and universities and have significant experience advising these clients with respect to faculty, employee and student issues. I counsel educational clients with respect to student accommodation issues, compliance with various state and federal laws and give advice with respect to faculty disputes. Most recently, I successfully defended a local educational institution from claims that it unjustly dismissed a student by failing to follow its own policies and procedures.

What do you see on the horizon?

An increasingly difficult workplace for employers. Over the last ten years, we have seen a bevy of new laws and case developments aimed at giving employees greater rights, protections and access to benefits. I do not see this trend stopping anytime soon.

Haze surrounds marijuana laws for HR professionals

Rochester Business Journal | May 19, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and Long Island partner Chris Gegwich co-authored this article about employee protections in states that currently allow marijuana for medical purposes or recreational use.

When you can fire an employee for nasty workplace talk

Law360 | May 17, 2017

Labor and employment partners Stephanie Caffera and Chris Gegwich and associate Alex Gallin co-authored this column that explains why the National Labor Relations Act protected an employee who posted profanities about his supervisor on social media, but did not protect an employee who was fired for yelling profanities at his employer.

When You Cant Fire An Employee For A Nasty Facebook Post

Law360 | May 09, 2017

Labor and employment partners Stephanie Caffera and Chris Gegwich and associate Alexander Gallin co-authored this column about certain employee protections under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), including a recent Second Circuit ruling upholding the decision that an employee’s vulgar Facebook post was protected activity under the NLRA.

Experts: Even tiny firms need sexual harassment policies

Newsday | October 02, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this piece that discusses the need for all companies—no matter how small—to have polices in place to prevent sexual harassment.

Bosses—Personal cellphone use is a productivity killer

Newsday | August 08, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this article that discusses the type of policies employers should use as guidelines for personal mobile phone use in the workplace.

GINA offers EEOC 'another arrow in the quiver' to protect employees against discrimination, attorney says

Pennsylvania Record | April 19, 2016

Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this article on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Mandatory Health History Form Violated ADA, GINA

SHRM | March 30, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this piece discussing a case in which an employer violated federal laws by requiring job applicants to fill out a health history form before being considered for work. The article looks at the specific matter and its impact.

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.

EEOC raises the stakes with retaliation rule update

Business Insurance | March 13, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment group partner Chris Gegwich provides third-party commentary in this feature story that discusses the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's proposed update of its guidance on workplace retaliation and the potential impact.

‘Ban the Box' Laws in New York—Is Your Company Compliant?

SHRM HR Daily | February 10, 2016

Labor & Employment attorneys Chris Gegwich and Alex Gallin authored this column discussing New York’s three largest cities' legislation prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their past criminal record on an employment application and if your company is compliant.

Family Medical History Queries Violate GINA

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) | December 22, 2015

Labor & Employment partner Christopher Gegwich is quoted in this article discussing inquiries by employers that violate the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Guilt—and Liability—by Association under the ADA

Law360 | April 03, 2015

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich and Long Island Labor & Employment associate Alex Gallin authored this piece discussing the broad reach of the Americans with Disabilities Act and local civil rights laws in prohibiting actions against employees.

Attorneys React to High Court Pregnancy Bias Ruling

Law360 | March 25, 2015

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court pregnancy discrimination case.

Can NY Employers Retaliate Against Employee Attorneys?

Law360 | January 08, 2015

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Christopher Gegwich and associate Tony Dulgerian authored this column discussing a lawsuit seeking an unprecedented interpretation of the retaliation provisions of New York Labor Law.

Contact

Christopher G. Gegwich

Partner

Long Island

Phone: 516-832-7606

New York

Phone: 212-493-6638


Fax: 866-632-2315

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., with distinction

Ithaca College, B.S.

New York

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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Christopher Gegwich has been repeatedly selected by his peers for inclusion in New York’s Super Lawyers (2010, 2012).

Christopher Gegwich is a member of the New York State Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

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