Eve I. Klein
Partner

Duane Morris LLP
1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036-4086
USA

Phone: +1 212 692 1065
Fax: +1 212 202 7559
Email: EIKlein@duanemorris.com

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Eve I. Klein practices in the area of employment law, labor relations and litigation. She has extensive experience advising clients about their rights and obligations regarding laws and regulations which affect the workplace, including the employment discrimination statutes (e.g., Title VII, ADA, ADEA, NYSHRL, NYCHRL), family and medical leave laws (e.g., FMLA), work eligibility rules (e.g., IRCA), plant closing restrictions (e.g., WARN), union representation, grievance and collective bargaining issues (e.g., NLRA, Taylor law), wage and hour rules (e.g., FLSA), employment contracts, restrictive covenants, tort laws, and employee benefits rules (e.g., ERISA, COBRA). Ms. Klein has also acted as editor of practice group seminar materials, newsletters and client alerts regarding employment and labor law developments.

Clients rely on Ms. Klein for her practical advice and negotiation skills to avoid or resolve disputes without litigation whenever possible and for her vigorous defense of their position when litigation proves necessary.

Ms. Klein is a 1985 graduate of Cornell Law School and a graduate, with distinction, of Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor Law and Relations
  • Employee Benefits
  • Trade Secret Protection
  • Litigation Defense and Prosecution
  • Advice, Counsel and Negotiation
  • Employment Law

Representative Matters

    Employment Litigation

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a supermarket chain resulting in dismissal of a Connecticut wage and hour class action claim after the court held the fluctuating work week method for paying overtime is lawful in Connecticut.
  • Successfully defended action against financial services client by former CEO who sued company for defamation, breach of contract and other torts. Negotiated a de minimus settlement of multimillion-dollar claims after vigorous discovery phase.
  • Won summary judgment and complete dismissal of wage and hour class action lawsuit against Fortune 50 national media/entertainment company. A nationwide class certification would have presented threats from literally thousands of plaintiffs.
  • Represented brokerage firm in sexual harassment and wage discrimination lawsuit. Obtained summary judgment dismissing the complaint, which was affirmed on appeal by the New Jersey Appellate Division. Anglin v. Prudential Financial.
  • Represented pattern maker in federal age and gender lawsuit following reduction in force. Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer. Tullo v. McCall Pattern Co.
  • Obtained dismissal of consolidated religious discrimination claims filed with New York State Division of Human Rights against healthcare employer client.
  • Represented New York savings bank in federal disability discrimination litigation. Obtained summary judgment in favor of bank affirmed on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit. Gronne v. Apple Bank.
  • Obtained $1.2 million settlement for restaurant workers in class action to recover minimum wages and overtime pay under Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Successfully defended medical resident in sexual harassment case seeking the termination of his residency and in separate criminal proceeding arising from same facts. Obtained arbitration award and trial verdict in favor of resident.
  • Successfully defended airline in multiple actions filed by employees seeking compensation for alleged race, gender and age discrimination. Each case was dismissed on the merits by the relevant human rights enforcement agency.
  • Employment Advice and Counsel

  • Represented numerous companies and executives in many industries in the negotiation and drafting of executive employment agreements, non-compete covenants, trade secret protections, severance and related agreements.
  • Conducted compliance training and employment law audits for air transportation, building services, engineering, communications, health care, hotel and restaurant companies.
  • Drafted numerous employee handbooks and policy statements for clients in multiple industries.
  • Labor Management Relations

  • Represented employers in collective bargaining with hotel and restaurant workers, health care employees, building services workers, and trucking and transportation employees.
  • Handled collective bargaining work involving government agencies, branches and certified bargaining units.
  • Represented employer in successful decertification of SEIU, Local 1199 in five-facility unit.
  • Acted as counsel for Association of Court Clerks in 14-session fact finding proceeding regarding Association's demand for the payment of a geographic wage differential for downstate workers. Argued before the New York State legislature in support of fact-finder's favorable report, obtaining favorable result.
  • Represented large education consortium in arbitration, defending claims initiated by discharged union president. Obtained NLRB award in favor of consortium and dismissal of unfair labor practice charges based on 100-page arbitration opinion.
  • Represented financially distressed nursing home in renegotiation of bargaining agreements with technicians, nursing and housekeeping workers during bankruptcy proceedings.

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Experience

  • Richards & O'Neil, LLP, N.Y., N.Y., 1994-1997
  • Shea & Gould, N.Y., N.Y., 1985-1994
  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 1997-present

Education

  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1985
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S., with distinction, 1982

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    - Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association
    - Labor and Employment Law Section
    - Member Subcommittee, Practice Before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations Alumni Association

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Avenue magazine's Legal Elite, 2010
  • Selected as a New York Super Lawyer for labor and employment law, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law & Practice 2014," New York, May 6, 2014
  • Speaker, "Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law & Practice 2010," New York, May 12, 2010
  • Lecturer, "Recent Issues in Employment Law," Airlines Financial & Accounting Managers Association, January 2008
  • Lecturer, "Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris Seminar, May 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Lecturer, "The Impact of HIPAA Privacy Rules on Employers," Frenkel & Co. Briefing, Jan. 30, 2003 / Duane Morris Briefing, Dec. 2, 2002
  • Co-panelist, "Labor and Employment Law Considerations in Tough Times: U.S., German/European and Canadian Law Perspectives," New York City, September 17, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Advanced Issues Under the National Labor Relations Act," New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Annual Meeting, Ithaca, N.Y., October 2002
  • Lecturer, "Employment, Benefits and Immigration Workplace Development Seminar," Duane Morris Briefing, May 14, 2002
  • National Teleconference, "Obligations of Employers to Employees Who Serve in the Military," American Health Lawyers Association, November 27, 2001
  • Lecturer, "Staffing Alternatives in the New Millennium," Duane Morris Briefing, November 13, 2001
  • Lecturer, "A Sea of Change in Employment Issues," Duane Morris Briefing, June 7, 2001
  • Lecturer, "Understanding Harassment and Diversity in the Workplace," Duane Morris Briefing, April 25, 2001
  • Lecturer, "The Interplay Between the ADA and the FMLA," Duane Morris Briefing, November 8, 2000
  • Lecturer, "Piracy and Privacy in the Workplace," Duane Morris Briefing, May 4, 2000
  • Lecturer, "Management's Guide to Union Organizing," Duane Morris Briefing, September 23, 1999
  • Lecturer, "Sexual and Other Discriminatory Harassment in the Workplace," Duane Morris Briefing, May 16, 1999
  • Lecturer, "The ADA in the Workplace," Duane Morris Briefing, February 20, 1999
  • Lecturer, Labor and Employment Issues for Telecommunications, Internet and New Media Companies, Duane Morris Briefing, December 16, 1998
  • Lecturer, "Avoiding Liability for Employee Terminations and Downsizing," Duane Morris Briefing, September 15, 1998
  • Lecturer, "Investigating Employee Misconduct," Duane Morris Briefings, April 27, 1998 and November 6, 1997
  • Lecturer, "Effective Hiring Practices," Duane Morris Briefing, February 24, 1998
  • Lecturer, "Common Errors in Overtime Compensation, Tips for Avoiding Liability Under the Fair Labor Standards Act," Duane Morris Briefing, November 7, 1997