The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer


Lawyers Specializing in Unpaid Wage Claims
on behalf of Employees and Small Businesses

About Us

The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer specializes in all aspects of wage and hour law. We represent both individuals and small businesses with respect to claims of unpaid overtime, unpaid minimum wages, failure to pay tips and failure to pay in compliance with prevailing wage law. We also help small businesses comply with all aspects of Federal and New York State Labor Law.

By representing employees as well as employers, we have the necessary, well-rounded experience to skillfully advocate on behalf of our clients.

Our firm is equipped with dedicated professionals with the necessary intellect and experience to analyze each legal situation. Through our experience, we are confident that we can assist you in all aspects of wage and hour law.

 

Practice Areas

Representing Employees in Unpaid Wage Claims

For over the past 5 years we have successfully represented employees in all aspects of wage and hour law. We represent a variety of individuals for unpaid overtime, unpaid minimum wages, unpaid tips and failure to pay in accordance with the New York Prevailing Wage Law.

We have successfully ensured that waiters, construction workers, manicurists, cooks, dishwashers and busboys receive their unpaid wages and unpaid tips.

Representative cases in overtime disputes include:

» A six figure settlement on behalf of three porters against a well known catering company with locations in New York City and Long Island.
» A $85,000 settlement on behalf of one cook and two waitresses against a well regarded bakery and restaurant in Queens, New York.
» A $275,000 settlement against a drug store company on behalf of two cashiers.
» A $75,000 bench trial verdict in favor of a former kitchen employee against a pizza restaurant in Manhattan.

 

On the management side, we have efficiently represented nail salons, construction companies, hardware companies and restaurants. We are able to resolve the majority of our management side cases prior to the commencement of litigation so as to ensure that our clients do not spend a significant amount on attorney fees. It is our philosophy that an early settlement in a wage and hour case usually results in the best possible outcome for our management side clients, as this allows them to focus on running their business.

Small Business Representation

The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer also represents small businesses. Our representation encompasses wage and hour compliance along with litigation. We understand the financial constrains of small businesses. Accordingly, we work diligently with our management side clients to develop a game plan that is financially feasible for both sides. We represent nail salons, restaurants, construction companies and hardware companies.

Our lawyers represent clients exclusively in employment related litigation. We have successfully represented small businesses in employment related matters in federal and state courts as well as the New York State Department of Labor as well as in arbitration and mediation.

While we have the experience and ability to defend small businesses through trial and appeal, we recognize that a take-no-prisoners approach to litigation is not always in our clients’ best interests. We pride ourselves in our ability to find the best solution for each particular wage and hour dispute.

Employment Discrimination and Retaliation

Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law protect New Yorkers from discriminatory acts. These statutes make it against the law for an employer to discriminate against their employees on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability as well as other categories.

It is also against the law for an employer to retaliate against an employee (or a prospective employee) for complaining of discrimination with respect to any of these protected categories. Unlawful retaliation does not just encompass an unlawful termination but also can potentially include a demotion, loss of benefits, failure to promote or reduction in salary.

The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer has successfully litigated countless employment discrimination claims. The focus is to resolve the claims efficiently without drawn out litigation. However, we recognize that cases often need to be “pushed” and aggressively litigated in order to obtain a strong result. Representative cases in employment discrimination include:

» A six figure settlement on behalf of 3 individuals in an age discrimination case.
» A $75,000 settlement against a well-known restaurant in a sexual discrimination and retaliation case.
» A $50,000 settlement on behalf of an individual who was discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation.
» A $55,000 settlement against a Westchester government municipality on behalf of an individual alleging disability and retaliation claims.
» Obtained a motion to dismiss on behalf of a nonprofit organization in a discrimination and defamation lawsuit filed in New York County.
» Dismissed a retaliation claim on behalf of a nonprofit organization at the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Employment Counseling

We engage in counseling on behalf of both individuals and small businesses. By representing both management and employees, we have the ability to see “both sides” in order to obtain the best possible outcome on behalf of our clients. We provide counseling in the following areas of law:

» Severance Agreements
» Wage and Hour Compliance
» Retaliation Claims
» Investigations by the New York Department of Labor

Public Work Projects under the New York Prevailing Wage Law

If you have worked in New York on a publicly funded project, you may be entitled to be paid the applicable prevailing wage. Our law firm frequently represents employees in prevailing wage cases.

Prevailing wage is the wage and benefit rate set annually by the New York City Comptroller for each trade or occupation for covered employees of contractors performing public works projects and building service work for New York City government agencies. Under New York Labor Law, employees who work on public works projects are guaranteed prevailing wages and related fringe benefits. If your employer failed to pay you correctly on a publicly funded project, then you may be entitled to significant monetary damages.

Our Team

The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer’s accomplished team of attorneys and paralegals have significant experience in all facets of employment law. We are seasoned litigators whose focus is to advocate for and protect your rights. In addition to the staff listed below, we often collaborate with other experienced attorneys, depending on the nature of the case.

While the Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer’s primary focus is employment law, we also recognize the need to be a well balanced law firm so as to better serve our clients. Conrad Pollack, with over 30 years of experience, is of counsel to our firm and has assisted our clients in immigration related matters. Justin Heiferman works with us on wage and hour cases, and Joyce Lippman collaborates with us on discrimination cases.

Jacob Aronauer, Attorney

Jacob Aronauer practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including overtime and pay disputes, employment discrimination, sexual harassment litigation, employment contracts and non-competition agreements. As a practitioner for over ten years in the labor and employment field, Jacob offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on all aspects of employment law.

Jacob has worked as a labor and employment attorney at prestigious New York law firms as well as the New York City Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations. At the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations, Jacob served as an Assistant General Counsel for over four years in the Bloomberg Administration. At the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations, Jacob successfully represented New York City agencies, including the New York City Police Department, the New York City Fire Department and the Administration for Children Services in high profile employee terminations, unfair labor practices and contractual disputes. Jacob also worked at Greenwald Doherty where he advised small businesses with respect to overtime, discrimination and retaliation complaints.

Admitted to the New York Bar, Jacob is a graduate of Syracuse University and Suffolk University School of Law. In 2018, Super Lawyers® selected Jacob as a New York Metro Rising Star, a designation awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys.

Jacob lives in New York City. A self-admitted basketball junkie, Jacob can often be found playing pick-up basketball games in New York City and Westchester County. Jacob also takes great pride in his unwavering dedication to the New York Knicks, New York Jets and the Syracuse University “Orange” teams.

Recent Experience
– Represented a not-for profit in connection with claims of discrimination and defamation. Obtained a dismissal on a motion to dismiss.
– Represented an individual in restrictive covenant litigation in New York City.  Obtained a favorable settlement.
– Represented a not-for profit before the New York State Division of Human Rights.  Obtained a favorable settlement.

Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2006
U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2016
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2021

E-mail Jacob at jaronauer@aronauerlaw.com or call him at (212) 323-6980.

Conrad Pollack, Of Counsel

For nearly thirty years, Conrad has represented individuals as well as businesses, large and small, in all aspects of immigration law.  Recently, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Conrad an AV overall peer rating of 5.0, which is the highest available possible ranking.

As the managing partner of Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP, Conrad has extensive experience in assisting individuals obtain family, employment, non-immigrant & investment-based visas. Conrad also is well-versed in defending his clients in removal proceedings to avoid deportation, as well as guiding families through the naturalization process. Conrad has extensive overall expertise within the immigration field, and regularly works with small and large organizations to help them meet their employee’s immigration needs.

Conrad lives in Westchester County with his wife and children, where the firm maintains a branch office. Conrad enjoys skiing, kite surfing, basketball and is an avid wine collector.

Education
J.D., cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, 1985
B.S., magna cum laude, New York University, 1981

E-mail Conrad at info@aronauerlaw.com or at call him at (212) 323-6980.

Justin Heiferman, Of Counsel

Justin Heiferman is the founding member of Heiferman & Associates, PLLC. Prior to starting his own practice, Justin worked for noteworthy institutions including the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Bureau, JP Morgan Chase, Jackson Lewis, BDO Seidman and Credit Suisse First Boston. Justin also spends his time volunteering with children and has been recognized with a service star for his contributions to the Children’s Aid Society. When not working, Justin is a lifelong tennis player who also spent many years as a DJ at New York City nightclubs and lounges.

Jacob and Justin initially met each other as adversaries. Initially opponents, they now collaborate with each other on unpaid wage cases.

Joyce Lippman, Of Counsel

Joyce Lippman has been a practicing attorney in New York for over 30 years. For a majority of that time she served as legal counsel to various New York City agencies, providing advice on employment law, contracts law, health law and ethics and conflict of interest law. As an employment lawyer, Joyce has extensive experience in defending and resolving discrimination charges brought before City, State and Federal human rights commissions. Joyce is skilled at providing legal counsel to executives and operating managers about providing EEO related training and strategies for preventing discrimination. Joyce is now working with Jacob to advise both employees and employers of how to successfully navigate the workplace.

Education
J.D. Brooklyn Law School
M.A. University of Connecticut
B.A. Cornell University

Sian Ricketts, Paralegal

Sian Ricketts is a paralegal at the Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer. Sian specializes in traditional wage and hour as well as unlawful discrimination claims. Sian has significant experience in Federal lawsuits involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law as well as FLSA collective actions. Sian is also well versed in unlawful terminations claims based on race, gender and age discrimination. Sian takes a great deal of pride in her excel spreadsheets.

Originally hailing from The Land of 10,000 Lakes in Minnesota, Sian now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a professional musician, with a career as a singer and player of early wind instruments.

Education
D.M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2015
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music, 2009
B.M., magna cum laude, Northwestern University, 2007

E-mail Sian at sricketts@aronauerlaw.com

Corey Shotwell, Paralegal

Corey Shotwell is a paralegal with practical experience in employment law. Corey is knowledgeable with regard to wage and hour cases in NY, CT, and NJ and employment discrimination, especially under the New York City Human Rights Law. The most rewarding thing about being a paralegal at The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer is working to represent members of our community who have been unfairly treated.

A native of Michigan, Corey currently lives in Connecticut where he also works as a freelance professional musician. He enjoys backpacking, struggling to keep plants alive, and drinking coffee.

Education
M.M.A., Yale University, 2020
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music, 2014
B.M., summa cum laude, Western Michigan University, 2012

Karin Weston, Paralegal

Karin Weston is a paralegal specializing in wage and hour cases under the Federal Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. Karin also works on discrimination cases on the basis of pregnancy, disability, gender, race, national origin and religion.

Karin has an international background. While her family is originally from Washington State, Karin grew up overseas in Pakistan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. Now a resident of Brooklyn, she sings classical music professionally as both a choral singer and a soloist.

Education
M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2015
B.A., magna cum laude, Scripps College, 2012

E-mail Karin at kweston@aronauerlaw.com

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