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Zafer Akin, Esq.

New York Sexual Harassment Attorney

New York Employment Discrimination Attorney

Email: zafer@akinlaws.com | Phone: 877.469.5297

Employment discrimination and sexual harassment attorney Zafer Akin, the managing partner of the Akin Law Group, who was listed as one of the Top Lawyers in New York by the LEGAL NETWORK for 2013 and 2014 has also been selected to SUPER LAWYERS / NEW YORK METRO four years in a row, for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as an attorney who has attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

In addition to the Legal Network and Super Lawyers, on April 22, 2004 attorney Akin has received recognition from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America–New Jersey for the generous services and free legal representation of New Jersey families and victims of September 11, 2001. On June 30, 2005, he received a Certificate of Appreciation for Extraordinary Service for serving as part of the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Cares Team, which aided over 1,700 victims’ families.

Zafer Akin is an New York and New Jersey employment discrimination and sexual harassment attorney in good standing with an unblemished record, duly admitted to practice law in the State of New York on March 1, 1995, admitted in the State of New Jersey on December 19, 1994, admitted in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on December 30, 1994, admitted in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on June 7, 1995 and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on July 24, 1996.

Attorney Zafer Akin is a litigator who is a fierce advocate of his New York and New Jersey employees, representing individuals in all the Courts of the State of New York, including the Federal Courts, the New York State Supreme Court and the New York Court of Claims.

Attorney Zafer Akin (a sexual harassment and employment discrimination attorney with an excellent record for over 22 years) is devoted to representing the victims of Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination (discrimination based on sex, race, religions, color, creed, national origin, age disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation).

We are asked, most often by individuals that have faced discrimination at their job because of their sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, creed, age, disability, pregnancy, etc., what is the cost of consultation? The initial telephone consultation attorney Mr. Akin or one of the experienced Employment Discrimination or sexual harassment lawyers at the Akin Law Group is always free.  In addition, attorney Akin, dedicating his life to pursuing justice for the individual, represents most clients on a strict Contingency basis where you (as a New York or New Jersey employee) will not be charged any fee unless he can make a recovery for you.  There are other’s that have been exposed to a hostile work environment, that have and continue to be sexually harassed that ask, will the complaint be kept private and confidential? Consultation with Mr. Akin or one of the Sexual Harassment attorneys at the Akin Law Group will be kept strictly confidential adhering to the attorney-client privilege, even when our Firm is not retained.  Lastly, we are asked by some individuals making a claim based on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and others wishing to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), how long will a discrimination claim take?  There is no short or standard answer to such a question. Although we are able to settle and resolve some of the claims early on, within a few months, especially with EEOC Mediation, but other claims are fully litigated in Court and can take a few years.

Lastly, some prospective clients, like those discriminated against because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation ask, will I face retaliation for making a sexual harassment complaint?   Although no attorney can prevent a company from retaliating, most competent counsel representing the company will advise them not to retaliate since retaliation would expose the company and the assailant committing the sexual harassment to further liability. It is important to note, that employers have attorneys and special trained HR (Human Resources Administrators) working for them to protect the interest of the company; with these types of professionals on their side, the Company can make the claim process impossible for employees and workers that are not experienced in this area of the law and have limited financial resources to compete with the employers.  With that in mind, we advise all employees that have been subjected to a Hostile Work Environment, those that have been asked to perform sexual acts (Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment), and those that have been discriminated at work, to contact one of the Attorneys at the Akin Law Group as soon as possible and learn about their rights and obligations. To assist in this manner, the initial consultation is always free of charge regardless of whether the firm is retained.

In addition to representing employees that have been forced to work in a Hostile Work Environment, Mr. Akin also represents those individuals that have been illegally paid an hourly salary below the minim-wage (currently $10.50 per hour in New York (with a number of exceptions) and $8.44 per hour in New Jersey) and those that have been denied overtime pay (which is 1.5 times the regular hourly rate) despite working in excess of 40 hours per week.  In addition, employees in New York are also entitled to Spread of Hours pay equal to the one hour of minimum wage pay in any day where the time work commences and the time work ends (regardless of the breaks taken) exceeds 10 hours.

Despite the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Wage Theft Prevention Act and the Minimum Wage Laws of New York and the Minimum Wage Laws of New Jersey, many employers continue paying workers and employees less than the minimum wage and continue to deny employees and worker overtime pay. In these wages and hour violation cases, attorney Akin will represent the employee or worker without charging the employee or worker any wage and hour violation attorneys fee; the representation will be free of charge for the employee since all expenses and fees, including attorneys fees, must be paid by the employer, independent and separate from the amount paid to the employee.  Hence, employees have absolutely nothing to lose by consulting with one of the wage and hour attorneys at the Akin Law Group.

The Firms Area of Practice includes

  • Employment Discrimination
    • Racial Discrimination
    • Religious Discrimination
    • National Origin Discrimination
    • Gender Discrimination
    • Sexual Orientation Discrimination
    • LGBT Discrimination 

Membership

  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New York Affiliate (NELA/NY)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Awards and special recognition

  • Special recognition from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (for pro bono services provided to families of 9/11)
  • Trial Lawyers Care (for pro bono services provided to families of 9/11)
  • Highway Democratic Club’s Community Service Award

Reported cases

  • Kaplan v. Danchig, 19 A.D. 3d456,796 N,Y.S.2d706, 2005
  • Rosario v. Universal Truck & Trailer Serv., 7 A.D. 3d306,779 N.Y.S.2d1, 2004 N.Y. App. Div.
  • Sohan v. Long Island College Hospital, 282 A.D. 2d597, 723 N.Y.S. 2d384, 2001 N.Y. App Div.
  • S & T Bank v. Spectrum Cabinet Sales, 247 A.D. 2d373, 668 N.Y.S. 2d641, 1998 N.Y. App. Div.
  • Speight v. City of New York, 309 A.D. 2d501, 765 N.Y.S. 2d28, 2003 N.Y. App. Div.
  • Graham v. Neutrogena, New York Law Journal, January 4, 2000