Mohammad B. Shihabi is an Associate in the Labor and Employment practice group. Mr. Shihabi represents and advises clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including in defense of claims asserted under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family & Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York Labor Law, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law. Mr. Shihabi’s experience includes experience litigating matters in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
In addition to representing clients in litigation, Mr. Shihabi advises clients on employment contracts, response to workplace complaints, the conduct of workplace investigations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave, accommodation, and wage and hour issues. He also conducts workplace investigations and has provided training for compliance teams and human resource departments of large companies. Additionally, he drafts various written policies and employment agreements, including discrimination and harassment policies and procedures, employee release agreements, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, and company handbooks. Mr. Shihabi has also represented and provided advice to large fast-food and fast-casual restaurant chains on compliance with various New York City laws including the Fair Workweek Law and the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act.
Prior to joining EGS, Mr. Shihabi practiced labor and employment law at Messner Reeves LLP. He also worked at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, where he enforced New York City anti-discrimination laws through the investigation and prosecution of complaints alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment, housing, and public accommodations. After graduating law school, he worked for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section, where he investigated violations, assessed compliance, and enforced civil rights statutes and court decisions involving elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.
Mr. Shihabi received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School. He is a fluent Arabic speaker and is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association.