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.

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Counseling Experience
  • Advises clients with respect to ever changing anti-harassment and discrimination laws, and any necessary accommodation considerations. Prepares and conducts anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training courses for management and employees that goes above and beyond the requirements of any applicable state law, including guidance with respect to the importance of diversity and inclusion, implicit bias, and management and human resources best practices.
  • Conducts internal investigations with respect to various forms of alleged harassment and discrimination by employees and customers of clients to ensure all internal complaints are promptly and thoroughly addressed in a non-biased manner. Provides advice related to the outcome of completed internal investigation in order to ensure any improper behavior is promptly and effectively corrected and any such future behavior is prevented.
Litigation Experience
  • Representing large hospital system in connection with 10 plaintiff discrimination lawsuit filed against it pertaining to mandatory vaccine requirements.
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Experience

Counseling Experience
  • Advises clients with respect to ever changing anti-harassment and discrimination laws, and any necessary accommodation considerations. Prepares and conducts anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training courses for management and employees that goes above and beyond the requirements of any applicable state law, including guidance with respect to the importance of diversity and inclusion, implicit bias, and management and human resources best practices.
  • Conducts internal investigations with respect to various forms of alleged harassment and discrimination by employees and customers of clients to ensure all internal complaints are promptly and thoroughly addressed in a non-biased manner. Provides advice related to the outcome of completed internal investigation in order to ensure any improper behavior is promptly and effectively corrected and any such future behavior is prevented.
  • Counsels clients with respect to termination and restructuring efforts - both for line employees and executives, including the consideration of New York WARN Act compliance and related issues.
Litigation Experience
  • Representing large hospital system in connection with 10 plaintiff discrimination lawsuit filed against it pertaining to mandatory vaccine requirements.
  • 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

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

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
Ahead of 2020 Election, New York City Issues Enforcement Guidance on National Origin and Immigration Status Discrimination
By Marc-Joseph Gansah, Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo
October 21, 2019
Immigration has been at the forefront of news reports and court cases recently, and has already proven to be a hot button issue for the 2020 election candidates to debate. As we move closer to the election, such political conversation may...
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Employment Law Spotlight
UPDATE: New York State Expected to Vastly Overhaul Harassment/Discrimination Laws Again
By Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo
August 14, 2019
As we reported in our blog post, and our summer newsletter, in late June, the New York Legislature passed a bill that vastly changed the discrimination and harassment landscape for employers. Today, Gov. Cuomo signed that bill into law. As...
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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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