Melissa Pierre-Louis - Disability Discrimination Employment Attorney NY, NY

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Melissa E. Pierre-Louis

Washington, DC Office
(202) 847-4400


MELISSA E. PIERRE-LOUIS is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP, where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including individual and class discrimination cases and wage and hour class actions. Ms. Pierre-Louis is Co-Chair of O&G’s Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group.  Prior to joining Outten & Golden, Ms. Pierre-Louis worked as a public interest fellow at Beldock, Levine & Hoffman LLP, where she worked primarily on labor and employment matters.

Ms. Pierre-Louis is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and its New York affiliate; the American Bar Association; and the New York City and State Bar Associations. She is the Co-Chair: FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. She is also the former Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association's Lawyers of Color Committee.

Ms. Pierre-Louis lectures and has written articles on a variety of employment law-related topics.

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    Bar Admissions & Professional Activities

    • Ms. Pierre-Louis is admitted to the state bar of New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

    • Co-Chair: FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee

    • Member, American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section

    • Member, New York State Bar Association

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    Speaking Engagements


    • Speaker: "Understanding the Complexities of On-Ramping and Off-Ramping in Financial Services," Council of Urban Professionals and the Robert Toigo Foundation Alumni Association, New York, NY


    • Speaker: "Employee Performance and Termination: Key considerations under the FMLA and ADA," Live webcast


    • Speaker: "Workplace Investigations Essentials: What to Know When Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations," American Bar Association, Webinar
    • Speaker: "Pregnancy In The Workplace: Employers' and Employees' Rights and Obligations," American Bar Association, Webinar
    • Speaker: "Handling Requests for Leave and Religious and Disability Accommodations," New York City Bar Employment Law Institute, New York, NY
    • Speaker: "The FMLA," American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico,
    • Speaker: "The FMLA 20 Years Later," American Bar Association, 9th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Philadelphia, PA


    • Speaker: "Title VII Essentials," American Bar Association, Webinar
    • Speaker: "Return to Work—If You Can! How to Use the ADA & Rehabilitation Act to Your Client's Advantage," NELA, 2014 Annual Convention: Blazing the Trail, Courage, Challenge, Change, Boston, MA


    • Panelist: "Let's Be Reasonable: Questions, Concerns and Practical Considerations of Accommodating Employees with Mental Disabilities," The Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, New York, NY


    • Speaker: "Mixed-Motive Defense in Employment Discrimination Cases," Strafford Publications, CLE Webinar
    • Lecturer: "Litigating Disability Discrimination Claims under the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008," Cordozo School of Law


    • Speaker: "Representing People with Conviction Histories in Employment Matters," The New York City Conference on Representing Employees
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    Publications & Articles

    The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2nd Edition

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, senior editor, Bloomberg BNA, 2018

    The Family Medical Leave Act: 2015 Cumulative Supplement

    Cara E. Greene, Chapter 10 Editor, Melissa Pierre-Louis Associate Editor, ABA/BNA Books, 2015

    Recruiting Talent without Liability: Avoiding Conflicts and Disqualification in Lateral Hiring

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, American Bar Association Midwinter Meeting, 2011

    The Final Regulations to the ADA Amendments Act: Redefining What it Means to Be 'Disabled' Under the Act

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, Employment Law Strategist, 2011

    Employers Must Revisit Their Hiring Policies to Incorporate Ex-Offenders into the Workplace

    Melissa Pierre-Louis, Section of Labor and Employment Law Flash, February 2010

    Impact Matters: How Lewis v. City of Chicago Saved the Timeliness of Disparate Impact Claims

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, NELA Employee Advocate, 2010

    The Disparate Impact of Criminal Screening Policies

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, New York City Conference on Representing Employees, 2010

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    Awards & Recognition

    • Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2017

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