John Mattiace is a litigator who advises businesses on how to achieve cost-effective solutions to complex employment problems. John litigates on behalf of clients who are faced with all types of employment claims. His litigation practice includes the defense of single plaintiff employment claims, and class and collective action claims under state and federal wage and hour laws.
John advises clients on compliance with policies involving federal and state employment laws and regulations. He also drafts executive compensation agreements, transition agreements and separation agreements. In addition, John advises clients on the application of the National Labor Relations Act, and assists on cases before the National Labor Relations Board and in union grievance arbitrations. He also conducts harassment training, and reviews employee handbooks and policies that implicate all aspects of employment law.
John is particularly valued for his ability to spot issues and identify solutions that others might overlook. A dedicated problem-solver with outstanding attention to detail, John is responsive to clients and colleagues alike. He is aggressive when he needs to be and tempered when the situation calls for a diplomatic or careful approach to achieving the right result for his clients’ businesses.
John served as a law clerk to Judge Patricia Del Bueno Cleary, of the New Jersey Superior Court. While in law school, he worked for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. He also worked for Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh, District Judge, and Judge Tonianne Bongiovanni, Magistrate Judge, of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
John is a regular contributor to Labor Days
, Kelley Drye’s labor and employment law blog.
Defeated class certification in an action alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law, brought on behalf of a putative class of several hundred sales associates of a prominent luxury retailer.
Guided a large, multinational manufacturer through multiple acquisitions and sales involving an exhaustive review and overhaul of contract compliance programs, managing employee reductions and protecting intellectual property through the drafting and negotiation of restrictive covenants and IP agreements.
Won summary judgment in favor of a health care institution against claims of race discrimination.
Successfully guided a large, multinational retailer through an investigation into potential violations of the New York Labor Law by the New York Attorney General’s office.
Defeated several Unfair Labor Practice Charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board against a health care institution.
Won dismissal in favor of a prominent New York not-for-profit organization against claims of discrimination and retaliation brought by a plaintiff who was assigned to work on a temporary basis by a staffing agency.
Won summary judgment in favor of a health care institution against claims of disability discrimination.
Won dismissal in favor of a health care institution of various claims by a pro se plaintiff after a trial in a Queens County small claims court.
Successfully guided a large New York City restaurant through allegations of sexual harassment and wage and hour violations involving a complete audit of the restaurant’s pay practices and a full investigation into the alleged harassment.
Won summary judgment in favor of a health care organization against claims of race discrimination.
Successfully guided a large multinational sporting goods retailer in its response to a subpoena by the federal Fair Trade Commission.
Won summary judgment in favor of a national testing laboratory against claims of gender and age discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment.