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Lori Barnea

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  • Lori was named for inclusion to the New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service for lawyers under 40, for 2015 and 2016.


J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2005

B.S., cum laude, Yeshiva University, 2003

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  • New York
  • New Jersey
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Lori Barnea counsels and represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including issues involving discrimination, harassment, wage-and-hour issues, restrictive covenants and trade secrets.

She works closely with employers to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local labor and employment statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She conducts audits of employers' personnel files and postings to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, and also conducts due diligence associated with mergers and acquisitions.

Lori regularly counsels clients in matters related to family and medical leave issues, unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance matters, state and federal WARN Act requirements and compliance, state criminal and background check laws, requests for accommodation of disabilities, independent contractor issues, risks associated with the hiring of employees subject to restrictive covenants, employee disciplinary matters, reductions in force, voluntary termination packages, individual employment terminations, and post-employment contractual, fiduciary and other legal obligations. Lori also regularly conducts training for employers and employees on numerous employment issues.

Employment Litigation

Lori represents employers for claims relating to wage-and-hour violations, unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She represents clients in litigations and arbitrations in federal and state courts and before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and state and local employment commissions.

Employment Agreements

Lori has significant experience in drafting and reviewing employment-related documents, including employment agreements, severance and separation agreements, settlement agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competes and other restrictive covenants, consulting agreements, and employee handbooks and policies.

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New York State Bar Association

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