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If you have an employment discrimination or employment litigation matter you need to speak with employment lawyers directly. The following YouTube video explains why.

Phone calls are much better and more efficient for initial discrimination claim evaluation.

I represent clients across New York State. That includes, Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton, Lake Placid, the Canadian Border, and New York City.

Even before COVID-19 I was representing clients who I would never meet in person. That practice has become the norm. Potential clients who take the time to complete a contact form increase their chances of getting help.

If you have a severance agreement for review, after a phone conference we will discuss a flat rate for reviewing documents. In some cases review is unnecessary. But most clients choose to have their agreements read and clearly explained.

If you have a litigation matter, be careful of statutes of limitation. You must file no later than

300 days from an adverse employment action with the EEOC

1 year from an adverse employment action with either the New York State Division of Human Rights or the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

In state supreme court cases you might have up to 3 years to file but those are not cases which Urba Law PLLC handles. If you have waited beyond a year to file charges, the facts and evidence becomes much more challenging. Remember that employment discrimination claims are never easy to prove. Waiting a long time harms your case.

If you risk missing the above deadlines you must file pro se or on your own. Otherwise you are probably better off retaining an employment lawyer.

I never represent clients for litigation without written, signed fee agreements. Those can easily be exchanged and scanned via email.

If your claim is greater than nuisance value you should prepare for a long haul to conclude your matter. Every once in a while discrimination claims resolve sooner but many take months or years.

Make sure to watch some of my videos. I have more than 40 on YouTube. Then call some employment lawyers. And make your decision of who you can best work with thereafter. Good luck!

For divorce, child custody, criminal, or personal injury you might want an attorney who is close to you. For employment law matters you should choose an attorney who is genuinely interested in trying to help you over the long haul regardless of whether they are physically located.

1980 – B.S. – Indiana University

1983 – M.B.A. – University of South Florida

1988 – J.D. – Valparaiso University School of Law

1988 – Passed multistate bar exam and began practicing law.

1994 – Sworn into second multistate jurisdiction to practice law.

2008 – Sworn into the Massachusetts Bar where I remain inactive.

2011 – Sworn into the New York State Bar where I practice statewide. My practice is exclusively employment law limited to New York State and federal law.

2014 – Admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

2015 – Admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

2020 – Admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

2020 – Admitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of New York

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Employment discrimination

Severance Blog

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The Glory Days of Public Service – from the Westchester Lawyer Magazine, May 2019

Here is a link to my YouTube channel where over 50 employment law videos are available:

V Jonas Urba has practiced law exclusively in New York since 2011. He has more than 20 years of employment law experience. In 2012 he withdrew from both the Florida and Colorado Bars. Neither Bar presented the challenges nor the rewards of New York. He proudly maintains an inactive membership to the Massachusetts Bar and is pleased to be a member of each of New York’s federal district courts. His principal law office is in Midtown Manhattan although he continues serving New York statewide.

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