About 

NICHOLAS H. SIKON is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, where he represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. Mr. Sikon focuses his practice on matters involving compensation and professional contracts, whistleblowers, and individual discrimination and harassment claims. He also advises employees with respect to disability and family and medical leave-related issues. Mr. Sikon is active in both Outten & Golden’s Financial Services Practice Group and its Whistleblower and Retaliation Practice Group. He is also a member of Outten & Golden’s Executive and Professionals and Discrimination and Retaliation Practice Groups.

Prior to joining the firm in August 2015, Mr. Sikon was an associate with a large defense firm, where he represented employers across a wide-spectrum of industries in all aspects of employment law. In this role, he worked with employers across the country, counseling them with respect to complex employment transactions and defending them in litigation in federal and state court. Mr. Sikon also has significant experience representing clients in arbitration matters before FINRA, AAA, and JAMS concerning employment and general commercial litigation disputes.

Mr. Sikon received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2009, and his B.A. from Macalester College in 2004. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, as well as the National Employment Lawyers Association and its New York affiliate NELA/NY.

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Bar Admission and Professional Activity

  • Mr. Sikon is admitted to practice law only in New York and Maryland.
  • Mr. Sikon is admitted to the following federal courts: The United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York.
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Member, NELA/NY

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Speaking Engagements

2021

  • Speaker: “Discrimination and Retaliation in 2021,” Practising Law Institute, Understanding Employment Law 2021, Webinar

2020

  • Speaker: “Discrimination and Retaliation Basics,” Practising Law Institute, Understanding Employment Law 2020, New York, NY

2018

  • Co-Presenter: “A View from the Plaintiff’s Bar,” FordHarrison and lus Laboris, Eighth Annual Year-End Labor and Employment Law Workshop, Gladstone, NJ

 

2017

  • 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

Articles & Publications

Why Companies Must Actively Encourage Whistleblowers

Wells Fargo. Bio-Rad. Volkswagen. Just three examples of corporations that, to their peril, either ignored or actively suppressed employee whistleblowers. They join countless other companies, large and small, that found out the hard way that a head-in-the-sand...

General Counsel as Whistleblowers: Lessons from the Bio-Rad Case

Last month, a federal jury in San Francisco awarded $8 million to a former general counsel for life sciences company Bio-Rad who was terminated after raising concerns about possible foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations by his employer. The verdict sent...

Financial Services Professionals: Why FINRA’s Public “BrokerCheck” Makes Negotiating Departures Even More Critical

The financial services industry is built on trust and relationships. Both private and institutional investors place significant monetary sums in the hands of their brokers, financial advisors, and other professionals. Which is why, at first glance, it might seem like...

Supreme Court Shrinks Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers shrinks Dodd-Frank's protections against workplace retaliation for corporate whistleblowers.The once robust statute now leaves a gaping hole for those employees in the private sector...

Sage Counsel

As part of Outten & Golden's collaboration with Labaton Sucharow on the Corporate Whistleblower Watch newsletter, Sage Counsel is an occasional feature addressing common issues at play in a wide range of whistleblower issuesAs part of Outten & Golden's...

As Discrimination and Harassment Rise, NYC Promotes Its Human Rights Law

New York City's Commission on Human Rights saw a staggering 60 percent jump in discrimination and harassment complaints in 2016. In 2017, complaints are up an addition al 30% so far this year. Of these complaints, approximately 40 percent are reports of discrimination...

New ERISA Fiduciary Rule Takes Effect

On June 9, the long-awaited revised "fiduciary rule" from the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") went into partial effect and will be in full force as of January 1, 2018. After nearly a decade, and much political wrangling, the updated rule ushers in sweeping changes...

Dodd-Frank Protects Whistleblowers Who Report to Both the SEC and Their Employers

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that to receive protection against retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank"), a whistleblower employee must first report suspected securities law violations to the...

High-Stakes Whistleblowing: Dodd-Frank and Beyond

Blowing the whistle on high-stakes financial fraud, misappropriation, or criminal mismanagement can come at great personal risk to a well-intentioned individual. Following the financial crisis of the late 2000s, numerous laws, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...

High-Stakes Whistleblowing: Dodd-Frank and Beyond

Tammy Marzigliano and Nicholas H. Sikon, O&G Employment Law Blog, October 2, 2018

Financial Services Professionals: Why FINRA’s Public “BrokerCheck” Makes Negotiating Departures Even More Critical

Tammy Marzigliano and Nicholas H. Sikon, O&G Employment Law Blog, April 17, 2018

As Discrimination and Harassment Rise, NYC Promotes Its Human Rights Law

Tammy Marzigliano and Nicholas Sikon, O&G Employment Law Blog, September 22, 2017

The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2017

Nick Sikon, editor, chapter 8 (“Restoration Rights”), Editors in Chief: William Bush and James Paul, Bloomberg BNA, 2017

Awards & Recognition

  • 2021 – 2022: Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyer
  • 2023: Lawdragon 500 Civil Rights & Plaintiff Employment Lawyer

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