Katelynn Gray

Special Counsel

  • Katelynn Gray
  • Phone: +1 212 692 1051
    Fax: +1 212 208 2521

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

Katelynn Gray practices in the area of employment law and labor relations. Ms. Gray counsels employers on compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including hiring and recruitment, employee classification, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, performance management, discipline and terminations, reductions in force and re-organizations and best practices. Ms. Gray frequently defends employers in connection with litigation brought by current and former employees in state or federal court and before administrative agencies in connection with claims of discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, harassment and failure to comply with wage and hour rules. Ms. Gray also regularly drafts and reviews personnel policies, employee handbooks, employment contracts and separation agreements.

Ms. Gray is a 2013 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Fordham International Law Journal, and a graduate of Fordham University.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Litigation, Counseling and Advice
  • Wage and Hour Litigation, including Class/Collective Actions
  • Whistleblower Law
  • Labor Law and Relations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, through negotiations, mediation and arbitration

Representative Matters

  • Represented Park Avenue Dental Cosmetics before the New York State Division of Human Rights and successfully secured the dismissal of unlawful discriminatory practices charges related to race/color, pregnancy, sex, disability and familial status in violation of NY Exec. Law art. 15.
  • Obtained an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit affirming summary judgment dismissing a former employee's race discrimination claim. Toussaint v. New York Dialysis Services, Inc.
  • Successfully defended the former chief administrative officer of a leading financial services firm in an arbitration brought by a former employee alleging hostile work environment and discrimination.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a former employee’s federal claims of race discrimination, religious discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodation, retaliation, and interference with FMLA rights. Reid v. Fresenius Medical Care North America, et al.
  • Supervised and conducted internal investigations for management.
  • Successfully defended construction company in an arbitration against claim of failure to pay prevailing wages.
  • Obtained settlement that the client found favorable on behalf of home healthcare agency in a Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State class action lawsuit alleging failure to properly pay minimum wages and overtime.
  • Won complete dismissal of discrimination lawsuit against a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel.
  • Negotiated a favorable resolution of a threatened discrimination suit on behalf of a large New York City not-for-profit.
  • Successfully defended a New York restaurant against claim for unemployment insurance.

Admissions

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

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2013
    - Fordham International Law Journal
  • Fordham University, B.A., 2010

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Special Counsel, 2021-present
    - Associate, 2013-2020
  • Goodman Solutions
    - Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, 2021
    - Sr. Director, Labor and Employment, 2020

Professional Activities

  • New York State Bar Association
    - Member

Selected Publications

Media Hits

  • Quoted, "Aegon PM Who Created Faulty Models Had Arrest Record," Ignites, September 11, 2018

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "OSHA’s ETS: Vaccine and COVID Testing," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), Webinar, November 10, 2021
  • Presenter, "Nipping Retaliation Claims in the Bud," Duane Morris Institute (DMi) Webinar, December 5, 2019

  • Speaker, "Trends in Employment Litigation – Pay Equity," Reinsurance Association Of America, Westin Grand Central, New York, July 18, 2018

  • Speaker, "Losing Sleep Over Wage and Hour and Healthcare Regulatory Requirements for Home Healthcare Workers," Duane Morris LLP, New York, January 23, 2018

  • Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, New York, May 4, 2017
  • Panelist, "Developments in Workplace Law and Practice: Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration," May 5, 2016