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CassandraSantoro

Associate

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." —Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Overview

Biography

Cassandra primarily concentrates her practice on labor and employment, routinely counseling and representing private employers and not-for-profit corporations in matters involving workplace discrimination, harassment, employee discipline, termination, the development of employment policies, and wage-and-hour claims.

Cassandra represents clients in federal and state court actions as well as in administrative matters involving federal and state agencies, including the US Equal Opportunity Commission, the NYS Division of Human Rights, the NYS and US Department of Labor, the NYS Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In addition, she counsels clients on employee benefits plans, including qualified retirement plans, plan investigations, and Internal Revenue Service and USDOL correction programs.

Cassandra has also been retained by insurers to defend clients in various tort actions, including products-liability and personal-injury cases.

Bar Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Obtained numerous “no probable cause” determinations for employers in defending discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims before the NYS Division of Human Rights.
  • Obtained summary judgement dismissing age discrimination and retaliation claims brought against an employer and prevailed on appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Represented and defended employers in audits by the NYS and USDOL Wage and Hour Division and received favorable settlements.
  • Defended Oneida Indian Nation Police Department officers in an excessive-force lawsuit filed in federal court. Obtained complete dismissal of the case on summary judgment after discovery.
  • Represented and defended an employer in an audit of the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) by the USDOL Employee Benefits Security Administration.
  • Defended an inmate in a pro bono civil rights jury trial in the Northern District of New York.
  • Represented an employer in defending violations and penalties assessed by the OSHA and received a favorable settlement.

Prior Experience

  • Barclay Damon LLP, Summer Associate
  • Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General, Legal Intern
  • Law Offices of Keith L. Miller, Law Clerk

Selected Community Activities

  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer

Selected Honors

  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2018
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Lorman Education Services, “Requirements and Exemptions When Calculating Overtime”
  • Lorman Education Services, “Employment Law Update in New York”
  • Lorman Education Services, “Understanding the ADAA Interactive Process”
  • Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy Seminar, “Salary History Discrimination”

Selected Publications & Media

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

Use of Third-Party Delivery Services by OptumRx Retail Pharmacies

Alerts

Sweeping Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill Signed Into Law

Alerts

Forum Selection Clauses in IP Licensing: New Impact on IP

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