Iskra M. Bonanno, Esq.

Iskra M. Bonanno, Esq.

Iskra Bonanno focuses her practice on counseling and representing public and private sector employers in a wide range of issues related to the workplace, including:

 

  • Developing and implementing effective employment policies, and ensuring compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws.
  • Issues relating to leave, including compliance with the ADA and the FMLA.
  • EEOC and New York State Division of Human Rights Investigations.
  • Defending national and regional employers charged with discrimination and/or harassment on account of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected class status.
  • Defending employers faced with breach of contract or wrongful discharge claims.
  • Defending employers against individual and collective claims concerning wage and hour matters.
  • Advising employers concerning civil rights, immigration law, and labor-management relations.

 

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In a recent decision, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s ruling on a motion to dismiss and held that class action plaintiffs had Article III standing on the basis of their data security Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) claims.

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In a recent decision, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s ruling on a motion to dismiss and held that class action plaintiffs had Article III standing on the basis of their data security Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) claims.

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The Second Circuit recently certified three questions regarding who may be held liable under New York State Human Rights Law Section 296(15) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a criminal conviction record. 

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Employers face the dual struggle of protecting the safety of their workforce and their products while simultaneously complying with laws addressing background check information. On one hand, it can be a risk to hire a candidate with a concerning criminal background. On the other hand, missing a technical step in the various laws could lead to devastating and expensive liability.  

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As part of the Women’s Equality Act, New York State recently expanded and strengthened several laws related to women’s rights in connection with employment, housing, domestic violence, and sex trafficking.  These new laws took effect this week, on January 19, 2016.

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