Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo

Associate

New York
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Overview

Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo represents management in all aspects of labor and employment, both in connection with employment litigation and counseling through various federal, state and local laws. A pragmatic advocate for clients, she develops efficient and effective solutions while keeping clients’ long-term goals at the forefront.

Select Experience

  • Acted as lead associate at trial of EEOC enforcement action, successfully obtaining verdict for client on majority of claims, favorably settling with three intervenors, and subsequently limiting damages awarded to remainder.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment on a multimillion-dollar claim in favor of a public electronics company.  Prepared for and attended the trial.  
  • Negotiated a settlement for an employer in a wage and hour suit at a settlement conference in the Southern District of New York.
  • Acted as the lead associate in a three-plaintiff wage and hour action for a hospitality management company and negotiated a settlement with plaintiffs. The action was complicated by the fact that a labor union was attempting to organize the property at the same time, and encouraged the plaintiffs to continue in their suit.
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Experience

  • Acted as lead associate at trial of EEOC enforcement action, successfully obtaining verdict for client on majority of claims, favorably settling with three intervenors, and subsequently limiting damages awarded to remainder.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment on a multimillion-dollar claim in favor of a public electronics company.  Prepared for and attended the trial.  
  • Negotiated a settlement for an employer in a wage and hour suit at a settlement conference in the Southern District of New York.
  • Acted as the lead associate in a three-plaintiff wage and hour action for a hospitality management company and negotiated a settlement with plaintiffs. The action was complicated by the fact that a labor union was attempting to organize the property at the same time, and encouraged the plaintiffs to continue in their suit.
  • Obtained a dismissal for a bank against a former employee asserting New York Labor Law claims.
  • Second-chaired the representation of a regional hospital at an NLRB hearing and assisted in negotiating a settlement.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • New York Junior League

Events

Pro Bono

  • Assists organizations in the development of employee handbooks and properly classifying employees. 

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas P. Olivieri, Superior Court of the New Jersey Chancery Division (2010 to 2011)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2010, Whipple Scholar
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 2007, University Honors

Blog

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Employment Law Spotlight
New York State Expected to Vastly Overhaul Harassment/Discrimination Laws Again
By Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo
June 21, 2019
Late on June 19, New York lawmakers passed a bill that makes wide-sweeping changes to New York State discrimination and harassment law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated that he will sign the bill, but he has not done so at this point. The...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Panic Buttons for New Jersey Hotel Housekeepers
By Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo
June 12, 2019
On June 11, Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., signed into law legislation that will require hotels that have 100 or more guest rooms to provide their housekeepers and room service employees with panic buttons effective January 2020. Panic buttons...
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Employment Law Spotlight
NYC Releases Anti-Harassment Training Video
By Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo, Amy J. Traub
April 16, 2019
As discussed in our New York Quarterly Newsletters, employers in New York City who have 15 or more employees (inclusive of independent contractors) are required to provide anti-sexual harassment training on or before December 31, 2019 to...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Reminder: NJ Sick Leave Act Becomes Effective This Month
By Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo
October 22, 2018
Reminder – Earlier this year (as we reported in this post), the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (NJPSLA) was approved. The NJPSLA mandates that employees will accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York State Sexual Harassment Guidance Finalized
By Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo, Amy J. Traub
October 2, 2018
UPDATE – On Oct. 1, 2018, the state of New York released final guidance on the anti-sexual harassment measures that were passed in the 2018-2019 New York state budget. Perhaps the most important (and welcomed) change in the guidance is...
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