Levy Ratner works with individuals and groups of employees to navigate both personal and pervasive employment issues.

For nearly 50 years, we’ve been advancing the interests of working people in the face of harassment, discrimination and improper pay in the workplace — and beyond.

We protect, guide and advocate for our clients, increasing their power to achieve fairness, dignity and respect.

What We Offer

We’re proud to bring the knowledge and strategic thinking that comes with decades of labor and employment law experience to every case we take on.

  • Guidance

    We provide strategic guidance and creative resolutions to clients as they navigate pay disputes, employment contracts, separation agreements, sexual harassment, discrimination and other workplace issues.

  • Unparalleled Insights

    We bring nearly 50 years of collective insights into cutting-edge labor and employment issues.

  • Scale

    We’re uniquely equipped to scale our team of attorneys to meet the diverse needs of our clients. When necessary, we bring class action litigation to remedy unlawful conduct by employers and other organizations.

  • Relationships

    We maintain strong relationships with mediators, arbitrators and judges, and have earned the trust of major clients who we have represented for decades.

  • Industry Leadership

    We’re continually evolving our practice to meet the demands of the changing workplace—often predicting tides of change before they happen.

Case Spotlights

  • Levy Ratner Champions the Rights of Low‑Wage Workers in Alabama Wage Law Litigation

    This ongoing case began in 2015 when the Alabama state legislature passed a bill to block the Birmingham City Council’s attempt to raise the minimum wage in Birmingham to $10.10. The resulting wage increase would have made Birmingham the first city in the South to raise its minimum wage.

    The legislature’s decision to block the wage increase, enacted the day following its effective date, was met with public protests by local low-wage workers and supporters of the Birmingham ordinance.

    Levy Ratner, along with co-counsel, represents the plaintiffs, who argue that Alabama’s legislation that nullified a raise for 40,000 workers is tainted “with racial animus” and violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

    Plaintiffs alleged that black wage workers in Birmingham make, on average, $1.41 less per hour than white wage workers, and $2.12 less per hour statewide. Therefore, the Alabama law fell more heavily upon black workers than white.

  • Black and Latino Electricians Fight Racial Discrimination by the City of New York….And Win a Settlement

    The City of New York agreed to pay $155,000, plus attorneys’ fees, to five black and Latino electricians in their claims of race discrimination and retaliation against the FDNY. They were represented by Levy Ratner’s Dana E. Lossia and Robert H. Stroup.

  • Restaurant Workers Awarded $400k in Wage Violation Case

    When seven restaurant workers sued their employer for claims of unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations, Levy Ratner’s Allyson L. Belovin reached a settlement of more than $400,000 on their behalf.

    Judge Ronnie Abrams of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, awarded the plaintiffs’ recoveries ranging from $15,700 up to $85,650 each, and totaling more than 80% of the estimated potential recovery at trial.

Who We Work With

Our experience and track record span traditional industries, such as healthcare, financial services, academia, and public employment, all the way to emerging ones, such as technology and software.

Areas We Address

  • Workplace Inequality

    1. Unequal hiring, pay, or working conditions
    2. Discrimination and retaliation
    3. Sexual harassment or gender-based mistreatment
  • Negotiation

    1. Employment Contracts
    2. Separation Agreements
    3. Collective bargaining agreements
  • Litigation and Arbitration

    1. Individual and class action cases
    2. Federal and state and appellate court work
    3. Pre-trial mediation and settlement negotiations
  • Employer Accountability

    1. Protecting job security
    2. Getting what’s owed to workers
    3. Wage and hour disputes

How We Work

Our number one priority is bringing workplace disputes to their optimal resolution, so our clients can move forward in their careers.

Steps

  • 1

    Our work begins with a comprehensive assessment of your case, where we gain an understanding of the specific details of your situation and learn about your top priorities and concerns.

  • 2

    Based upon a close review of the facts, and our deep understanding of the applicable law, we offer personalized guidance and straightforward advice.

  • 3

    We determine whether your situation can be resolved through legal advice, strategic guidance or skilled negotiations, or if it will require mediation, arbitration or litigation. Our attorneys have the experience and track record necessary to successfully tackle a wide range of workplace disputes.

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