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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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Expertise, an online service that connects users with the best local services in a wide array of fields, recently included our firm on its list of “Best Employment Lawyers in New York” for 2021. The company scored 3,113 lawyers based on availability, qualifications, reputation, experience, and professionalism.  We are proud to say that The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis made the top 29 out of these 3,113 employment lawyers. Expertise gave us an A+ rating in the “reputation” category and mentioned our consistently high reviews.  We would like to thank Expertise for the feature, our clients for entrusting…
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their December data last Friday. In the United States, 140,000 net jobs were lost last month. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), a non-profit that fights against gender-discrimination, said that “All of the jobs lost were women’s jobs, with women losing 156,000 jobs and men gaining 16,000.” This data means that women account for 111% of the jobs lost in December of 2020. There is a clear disparity between the genders on this issue. Business Insider attributes this decline due to a loss of jobs in the education, retail, and hospitality sectors, which are…
Google was subject to some criticism last month after firing one of its senior-level artificial-intelligence computer scientists, Timnit Gebru, for sending an email alluding to the company’s mistreatment of minority employees. Gebru, who held the position of a co-leader in Google’s Ethical AI Team in Silicon Valley, led and fostered research that assisted in raising the company’s status as a pioneer in the tech industry. According to the Washington Post, Gebru worked amongst a racially homogeneous group and was driven to push for more diversity and inclusion in her team. She sent an email out to a list of…
As the Coronavirus Pandemic rages on, many people are wondering how life might change after a vaccine is widely available. Over the last ten months, the pandemic has drastically changed the American workplace, with 42% of the American workforce working remotely. While some employees enjoy the flexibility of working from home, others prefer a traditional office environment. Since many employees have shown that they can successfully work remotely during the pandemic, it’s likely that remote work will remain in some increased capacity after the pandemic ends. For example, Stripe, a financial services firm, has opened up a fully…
Last Tuesday, a New York State appeals court denied Lyft’s attempt to overturn New York City’s minimum wage rules for e-hail drivers.  In 2018, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) released guidelines establishing the first minimum wage for app-based drivers in the US, setting minimum per-trip charges that guaranteed drivers would earn at least $17.22, which includes minimum wage ($15) plus payroll taxes ($2.22). In 2019, Lyft had argued that the rules set forth by the TLC were biased towards its competitor, Uber, and sued the commission. The 2019 lawsuit against the TLC was brought to an end by New…
The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the nation to its core, leaving virtually no one unaffected. Working women have been particularly impacted during this time. Not only have women been more likely to lose their jobs than men during the pandemic, but women working from home have also suddenly found themselves simultaneously juggling full time jobs and childcare as many schools move online. What are the results of these changes? According to an annual report published by McKinsey & Company and  LeanIn.org, one in four women are considering slowing down or pausing their careers due to difficulties brought about by…
On December 9, Mayor de Blasio announced that beginning January 1, 2021, New York City employers with 100 or more workers are now required to provide 56 hours of paid sick leave, an increase from the previous 40 hour requirement. He also stated that employers with four or fewer workers must provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave. Additionally, domestic workers must be given up to 40 hours of paid sick time, an increase from the two days they are currently provided with. At a press conference, De Blasio stated, “This is how we get through this together,…
Last month, Alysa Butler, a Coinbase employee, informed the New York Times about racial discrimination and exclusivity in the workplace. Butler was one of 15 black employees at the company who complained to the human resources department about ongoing issues around racism before leaving the company last year. Coinbase, a prominent cryptocurrency start-up in the United States, is not the first tech company that has had racial diversity problems. The tech industry has a reputation for placing a glass ceiling on minority and female employees from receiving equal treatment and opportunities to move up the corporate ladder. Current and former…
Last month, the New York Times published an article mentioning a recent law that was passed in New Jersey regarding recreational marijuana usage. New Jersey residents voted to amend the state constitution and legalize the use of marijuana for adults 21 and older. The new bill is expected to take full effect on January 1st, 2021. New Jersey is anticipated to become one of the most prominent marijuana markets in the United States. This projection has urged neighboring states, like New York, to also support marijuana legalization for recreational use in fear of potentially losing comparative advantage in this market. The…
Earlier this month, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) prosecutors accused Google of anti-union actions in violation of the NLRB’s ban on punishing workers for engaging in organizing activity. These accusations come a year after five Google employees filed a series of charges with the NLRB claiming that the company violated rights protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), such as terminating workers for organizing fellow employees. The board claims that Google violated federal labor law when the company recently terminated two workers, Laurence Berland and Kathryn Spiers, for organizing their fellow employees and making them aware of their labor…
After nearly 9 months since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the FDA has approved two vaccines. As more and more Americans get vaccinated, people are wondering whether employers can require all employees to be vaccinated before returning to the workplace. Some employers may want to force employees to be vaccinated to help ensure the safest working environment possible. But do employers have the right to dictate an employee’s medical choices? This is a very important question in light of the fact that, as of November 2020, 39% of Americans reported that they probably or definitely would not…
Last week, Pinterest agreed to settle a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by former Chief Operating Officer Françoise Brougher for $22.5 million, making it one of the largest publicly announced, individual gender discrimination settlements. Pinterest and Brougher have agreed to donate the $22.5 million to charities and organizations that promote and fund education and advocacy for women and minorities in the tech industry. Brougher’s lawyer, David Lowe, noted that this settlement stands out because of “its size, its charitable component and its public announcement,” as reported by a recent New York Times article.  Brougher began working for Pinterest…
Last October, New York City put Int. 136-A into place, a law that provides further legal protection for independent contractors and freelancers in NYC. The law allows for employment protections under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to be extended to independent contractors and freelancers, meaning that these workers can now bring harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other complaints to the NYC Commission on Human Rights or file a lawsuit in court. The law went into effect in January of this year and has extended legal protection to over one million workers in NYC. According to a JD Supra