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Amanda M. Fugazy


Amanda M. Fugazy, a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, is head of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law group.  As such, Ms. Fugazy represents businesses and executives in litigation, and provides counseling and preventative education with regard to wage-hour compliance, employment discrimination, harassment, labor relations, leave laws, internal investigations, employment contracts and manuals, severance agreements, arbitration, mediation, and labor and employment aspects of corporate and real estate transactions.

Ms. Fugazy is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the highly litigated area of wage and hour law, having litigated dozens of federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law.  Because of her experience in this area, Ms. Fugazy was invited by the mediation office of the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York to speak as an expert on wage and hour laws, and has been named one of the “Top Women in Metro NY Foodservice & Hospitality” by Total Food Service magazine every year since 2017.

One of Ms. Fugazy’s strengths is valuing and resolving cases.  As such, Ms. Fugazy also serves as a mediator, and has successfully resolved many cases by appointment through the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Fugazy also has extensive experience in developing and delivering custom tailored management and employee-training seminars, and is routinely asked to serve as guest speaker by trade groups on a variety of employment related topics, including, but not limited to, illegal harassment, hiring, disciplining, firing, exterritorial application of US employment laws, wage hour compliance, employment discrimination, interviewing, family medical leave, administering a collective bargaining agreement, and matters pertaining to unions.

Since the inception of her legal career, Ms. Fugazy has practiced labor and employment law exclusively.  Prior to joining EGS in 2013, she and current EGS member Paul P. Rooney founded Fugazy & Rooney LLP in 2007.  Prior, Ms. Fugazy was a partner at Bonnist & Cutro LLP, an associate in the New York offices of Reed Smith and Jackson Lewis, and a law clerk for the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council.

Ms. Fugazy received her B.A. from The George Washington University, where she currently sits on the Executive Council of The Alumni Association, and her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

Ms. Fugazy is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Representative Recent/Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Employment/Wage & Hour Mediation Training:
New York County Lawyers Association
August 11, 12 and 14, 2020

FLSA /NYLL Issues for the Hospitality Industry
July 13, 2020

Preparing For the New Hospitality Normal
HUB International
June 23, 2020

New York Restaurant Reopening: Compliance Considerations
June 15, 2020

New York Office Reopening: Compliance Considerations
June 11, 2020

COVID-19 Employment Concerns & CARES ACT for Employers
Chamber of Commerce
April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Employment Concerns & CARES ACT for Employers
City of Glen Cove
April 6, 2020

What You Should Know About Emergency Sick Leave and The Corona Virus Stimulus Package
Vanguard Insurance
April 2, 2020

Outsourcing Restaurant Delivery & Staffing: Pros, Cons & Liabilities
HUB International
February 12, 2020

What You May Have Missed In 2019 and What Should Be On Your Radar In 2020
January 23, 2020

Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law
NYSBA Corporate Counsel Institute
October 17, 2019

Opening a Restaurant in New York City: Legal Issue Bootcamp
NYC Bar Association
May 17, 2019

Employment Law Legal Update
May 16, 2019

A Road Map: Revisiting Arbitration Agreements in Light of Epic
New York State Bar Association
January 18, 2019

2019 Outlook: Navigating the Current Landscape of Complex Hospitality Exposures
HUB International
January 17, 2019

The Anatomy of an Age Discrimination Case
New York County Lawyers Association
December 4, 2018

Hospitality: Tipped Employees, Tip Pooling, Service Charges/Banquets
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
November 15, 2018

TimesUp: Learning From #MeToo & Building An Anti-Harassment Practice For Your Org
Humentum 2018 Annual Conference
July 26, 2018

How to Handle a Discrimination Case
New York County’s Lawyers Association
June 13, 2018

Employment Arbitration after Murphy Oil: Charting the Future Course of Class Actions
American Arbitration Association, NY Law School & Cornell Scheinman Institute Conference
May 23, 2018

Wage & Hour MythBusters
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
April 25, 2018

Hospitality Spotlight: What’s Trending in Wage and Hour Claims
HUB International
April 9, 2018

Restaurant Employment Law Compliance: A Guide to 2018 NYS Changes
Valiant Payroll Sponsored Webinar
March 8, 2018

Learning From #MeToo – Building An Anti-Harassment Practice For Your Foundation
Philanthropy New York
February 23, 2018

Issues In Social Media
HUB International
October 2, 2017

New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law
Humentum HR Roundtable
September 19, 2017

Updates in Employment Law
InsideNGO- HR Roundtable
September 19, 2017

Employment Law 101 For The Non-Employment Lawyer
Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C.
July 25, 2017

Hiring & Vetting: How Well Are You Checking?
March 16, 2017

Restaurant Management Employment Law Overview
The NYS Restaurant Association & HUB International
November 2016

Paying Non-Exempt Employees For Travel & Events
July 2016

Getting To Great: Building a Better Intern, Fellow, and Skills-Based Volunteer Program
InsideNGO Annual Conference
July 2016

Updates in Employment Law
InsideNGO- HR Roundtable
June 2016

How To Handle A Discrimination Case
New York County’s Lawyers Association
May 2015

Representative Recent Publications

Restaurant Assistant Managers and Sous Chefs Lawsuits Are On The Rise
Total Food Service, April 2018

Have Your Voice Heard In The Battle to Keep the Tip Credit
The NYS Restaurant Association E-magazine and Total Food Service, February 2018

Understanding Sexual Harassment In The Restaurant Workplace
Total Food Service, January 2018

Creating A Strategy To Comply With NY’s Pay Stub Mandates
Total Food Service, November 2017