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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.

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Currently, in the United States, 18 states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but in some instances that does not absolve employees from yielding a positive result during drug testing for marijuana use. However, in New York, Governor Cuomo signed into effect the Cannabis/Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in March of this year (2021), which provides certain protections for recreational marijuana users. What New Drug Testing Policy Means for Employees The Act amends Section 201-d of New York Labor Law, which protects employees from discrimination based on their off-duty activities; this act now includes legal cannabis use as…
In an article published on The City, a Lab Firm located in New York is currently facing a lawsuit for allegedly mistreating and racially discriminating against its Chinese employees. The claims were made by six Chinese phlebotomists, all women, who were hired by BioReference Laboratories to perform a series of medical tasks at labs located throughout the city. The six employees, who are being represented by the Legal Aid Society, expressed that the tasks they were asked to complete were misaligned with the job description. The employees allege that although they were hired to draw blood, handle samples,…
Estée Laundry, a beauty account on Instagram, recently posted a series of stories submitted by former employees of L’Oréal. These employees from L’Oréal locations all across the world shared their negative experiences with the company. One anonymous user wrote, “I worked for L’Oréal for over decade and witnessed countless examples of misogyny, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, burn out, and toxic bullying.” Several former employees also pointed to the discrepancy between the way L’Oréal prides itself on its commitment to diversity and inclusion, yet routinely mistreats minorities within the company.  Racial and Gender Discrimination at L’Oréal Several former employees anonymously…
In January 2021, the New York City Council amended the Fair Chance Act, also known as the “Ban the Box” law. These amendments expanded protections designed to defend job applicants from discrimination based on criminal records and pending criminal convictions. 36 states and more than 150 cities and countries have “Ban the Box” laws that are continually evolving to help ex-offenders find work.   What is the “Ban the Box” Law?  The “Ban the Box” Law, or the Fair Chance Act, allows for job applicants to be judged on their qualifications rather than their criminal record. The law makes it…
Attorneys Hajar Hasani and Rachel Haskell were mentioned in a recent Law360 article about our firm’s federal discrimination case filed on behalf of Brandon Padgett, a former paralegal at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson LLP. Padgett has accused the company of discrimination based on his non-binary gender identity and military status. While working at the firm, he was referred to as “Beyonce” by another employee. After Padgett reported this comment to Human Resources, the company organized a sexual harassment training session that was not well-attended by employees. Following this training session, a partner at the firm greeted Padgett with a slap…
The Amazon Flex program began in 2015 as a way for the company to handle the surge of package deliveries it was facing. Similar to Uber, drivers can work on their own schedule and use their own vehicle to deliver packages. Flex drivers are not employees of Amazon; rather, they are classified as independent contractors. The program is attractive to many because it offers a flexible work schedule and promises a rate of at least $18 an hour. Drivers use the Flex app to upload documents, sign up for shifts, and report any issues. The app also gives drivers…
Victoria Crisitello, a Catholic art teacher in New Jersey, filed a lawsuit against the school for wrongful termination. In an article published in the New York Times, Cristello was fired from her job in 2014 after reporting to the school that she was having a baby. A Roman Catholic nun, who served as principal at the time, explained that Cristello’s termination was because she was “pregnant and unmarried.” Cristello’s lawyers argued that the firing was gender discriminatory and a sexual double standard. On the contrary, the school board expressed that it was defending its “fundamental freedom of religion.” The…
A new, unprecedented protection law for New York City fast-food employees will take effect next month, in July 2021. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed off on this bill in January of 2021, after it passed the New York City Council in December 2020.The legislation provides fast-food workers with rare protection against unfair termination and sets a new precedent against the “at will” standard of employment in the U.S. Here, at The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis, we support extending more rights and protections to those who are typically marginalized in employment, including fast-food workers. The Harm of At-Will…