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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.

New Washington employment laws focus on privacy and #MeToo

Law360 | April 23, 2018

Long Island labor and employment partner Chris Gegwich and associate Chris Moro co-wrote this article analyzing new laws recently passed in Washington state that will directly impact employer-employee relationships when they take effect in June.

Workplace Messaging Apps Offer Flexibility Require Vigilance

Newsday | February 17, 2018

Long Island labor and employment partner Chris Gegwich is quoted in this article discussing how employers should create policies on the proper use of instant messaging apps in the workplace.

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.

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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