The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis

Mr. Christopher Davis specializes in employment-related trial matters and class actions on behalf of both employers and employees. During his career, Mr. Davis has served as class counsel on numerous nationwide employment class actions and has tried nearly 20 cases to verdict. Mr. Davis has been recognized by the press as an experienced trial attorney and employment law expert. He is regularly interviewed by print and television media outlets around the world, including The Associated Press, The Shriver Report, and CNN En Español. Mr. Davis began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the esteemed Manhattan District Attorneys’ office under then-District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. After winning numerous trials, he was appointed to the Sex Crimes Unit where he prosecuted and tried serious violent felonies, including rape and attempted murder cases. In private practice since 2006, Mr. Davis has worked for numerous employment law firms, including Thompson, Wigdor & Gilly, LLP (now Wigdor LLP), before starting his own law firm in 2014. Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross, where he received Dean’s List Honors, and a Juris Doctor from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.

The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis is a nationally recognized New York employment law firm specializing in preventing, prosecuting, and defending employment lawsuits on behalf of businesses with real workplace problems. We pride ourselves on backing our clients with a sense of loyalty and purpose, and our successes are the result of the strong relationships we build with them. Tell us your workplace problems and we will find your win.

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Earlier this week, New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon Inc., for mishandling worker safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. This lawsuit is not the first time Amazon has faced criticism for not providing a safe working environment for its employees. In 2020, workers filed several complaints against the company, including a petition signed by 600 employees  that urged the online retailer giant to improve working conditions. Attorney general, Letitia James, filed the complaint in the state Supreme Court asserting that Amazon has “repeatedly and persistently failed to comply with its obligation to…
Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Amazon will pay $61.7 million to settle allegations that the company stole Amazon Flex drivers’ tips for two and a half years. The FTC says this number represents the amount of tip money that Amazon did not give to drivers until the company became aware of the FTC investigation in 2019. FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra said, “Today, the FTC is sanctioning Amazon.com for expanding its business empire by cheating its workers. Amazon stole nearly one-third of drivers’ tips to pad its own bottom line.” Flex drivers are independent contractors, meaning…
A new study in the American Economic Journal of Economic Policy concluded that working mothers who took paid maternity leave had better long-term health outcomes compared to women who did not have paid maternity leave. Researchers studied pregnant workers in Norway both before and after paid maternity leave became the law of the land in 1977. The study found that women who gave birth after 1977 had better health outcomes in middle age than women who did not have paid maternity leave. Health Benefits of Paid Maternity Leave Researchers found that women who had paid maternity leave earlier in life…
In the past few years, the Department of Labor (DOL) launched an investigation into pay disparities affecting female and Asian employees working at Google. The agency found that these disparities impacted software engineering employees working in Mountain View, California; Seattle, Washington; and Kirkland, Washington. The investigators discovered the pay gap during a routine compliance evaluation. Additionally, the DOL identified hiring differences that disadvantaged female and Asian applicants for software engineering employees in specific locations. As a result of the DOL case against them, Google has agreed to pay over $3.8 million to settle allegations of systemic gender and race discrimination…
Instacart has terminated ten employees working at a grocery store in Illinois who voted to form the first and only union for the grocery delivery company in early 2020. The workers unionized with The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1546. The news of their termination was “buried” in a blog post the company published in January about introducing new curbside pickup models. The blog also informed readers about further layoffs of in-store shoppers. According to the UFCW, Instacart plans to fire 2,000 of its 10,000 workers and offer only $250 of severance pay. Marc Perrone, president of UFCW…
  PricewaterhouseCoopers, a large accounting firm, reached a nearly $12 million settlement deal last month over age discrimination allegations. The lawsuit began when Steven Rabin, who was 50 years old, claimed he was wrongly denied a job because of his age. In March 2019, a federal judge conditionally certified a collective action of roughly 5,000 other individuals who also allegedly experienced age discrimination. After this certification, the parties began settlement negotiations and eventually reached a deal worth $11.6 million. Is On-Campus Hiring Age Discrimination? The attorneys for Rabin and the collective advanced a number of age discrimination theories. Firstly,…
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, employers have implemented a series of workplace changes mostly in concern of safety. Many employers have instituted a number of health safety measures such as social distancing, intense and more frequent cleaning, and mask-wearing for their employees. These measures have followed the guidelines mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). To further emphasize the importance of safety during this time, President Joe Biden signed several executive orders last week, including one directed to the Department of Labor about giving unemployment insurance to people who refuse to work because of…
In early January, years of activism and hard work paid off when over 400 engineers and workers at Google formed the Alphabet Workers Union, the first union at the company and one of the only unions in the tech industry. It is extremely rare for tech workers to unionize, as most Silicon Valley companies have resisted white-collar workers’ efforts to organize. The new union is associated with Communications Workers of America (C.W.A.), the largest communications and media labor union in the U.S. Google’s union was organized in secret over the past year, and the union’s leadership was formally…
Kohl’s Department Stores recently agreed to pay nearly $3 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the department store chain misclassified assistant store managers as exempt from overtime pay. Last week, these assistant managers stated in a settlement motion that “the agreement with Kohl’s over their Fair Labor Standards Act claims was appropriate because the retailer continued to deny wrongdoing and might oppose their bid for collective certification” in the future, according to a Law360 article. In other words, a settlement grants the managers monetary compensation now and avoids the time and cost of going to trial later. The…
The unexpected and sudden emergence of Covid-19 this past year has left many financially burdened, including Uber drivers. The U.S. unemployment rate reached 14.7 percent in April, the highest level since the Great Depression, leaving many businesses losing  profit and unable to keep employees’ jobs. As a result, many Uber drivers in upstate New York have applied for unemployment insurance benefits. Beginning in March, several employees filed cases against the company for classifying them as independent contractors and therefore denying them benefits like overtime pay and unemployment insurance. In December, the New York Supreme Court decided that Uber holds adequate…
New York City fast food workers have new protections under a law signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio this month. Now, fast food workers may not be fired without just cause or a legitimate economic reason. Addressing the difficulty the restaurant industry has faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, de Blasio stated “a strong, fair recovery starts with protecting working people . . . These bills will provide crucial job stability and protections for fast food workers on the front lines.” When Fast Food Workers May Be Fired Eligible New York City employers now need just cause or a bonafide…
Partner Rachel Haskell was recently interviewed by Law360 about the federal discrimination lawsuit our firm filed on behalf of Brandon Padgett, a former paralegal at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson LLP. Haskell’s comments were featured in an article discussing the case. Padgett is accusing the company of discrimination based on his non-binary gender identity and military status. In one instance, an employee in a different department allegedly called him “Beyonce.” After Padgett reported this comment to HR, the company organized a sexual harassment training session that was not well-attended by employees. After this session, Padgett claims that Michael Xylas, a partner…