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V. Jonas Urba

V. Jonas Urba

New York, NY Employment Lawyer w 20 Years Experience serves Buffalo to Manhattan
  • Employment Law
  • Massachusetts, New York
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Biography

I have focused on Employment Law for 20 years. Since 2011 my practice is exclusively across New York State. It is limited to Employment Law.

As a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association since 1997, although not continuously, I represent mostly employees. I do list some small employers, representative clients, who I have helped for years.

Typical cases include:

1) Race Discrimination or Retaliation
2) Gender or Sex Discrimination or Retaliation
3) Disability or Perceived Disability Discrimination or Retaliation
4) Hostile Workplaces from which Employees sometimes are forced to leave (these cases are rare and resignation is highly unusual, rarely recommended)
5) Noncompetition and Severance Agreement reviews
6) Wage and Hour Law Cases. These often include salaried employees who have been misclassified as exempt from overtime pay. Again, these are rare cases and very fact specific.

I am admitted to all of New York's federal trial courts.

2014 - Southern District of New York
2015 - Eastern District of New York
2020 - Northern District of New York
2020 - Western District of New York

Representing clients from long distances is not new to me. I have done so for almost a few decades. I began doing so in New York almost five years ago after I won a telephone hearing representing a client I had never met in-person. That's not unusual. What was unusual about that case is that I was able to rehabilitate my client's perjured testimony without leading him. The transcript was reviewed and authorities found that I had actually done so without giving my client the answer. It made me realize that person-to-person meetings were unnecessary and I have continued that since that phone hearing.

Employment Discrimination matters are always about the facts. And every potential client and I speak on the phone to gauge whether we might be good for one another. Not every lawyer is the right lawyer for a potential client and vice versa. I suggest calling many lawyers.

Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. (1988) | Law
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University of South Florida
MBA (1983) | Business Administration
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Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
B.S. (1980) | Psychology, Business Administration
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Professional Experience
Employment Lawyer
Urba Law PLLC
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Represent mostly discriminated employees. Also help small businesses with employment law matters. Practice exclusively limited to employment law. Serve the entire state from Buffalo to Manhattan and all places in between.
Human Rights Lawyer
Central Florida Law Office of Jonas Urba, P.A.
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Human Resources Director
Modern Business Associates, Inc.
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Labor Lawyer
Fowler White Boggs Banker, P.A.
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Labor Lawyer
Miller Kagan Rodriguez & Silver, P.A.
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Labor, Employment and Personal Injury Lawyer
Law Office of Jonas Urba, P.C.
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Labor Lawyer
McCrea & Keck, LLC
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Assistant General Counsel - Internal Affairs / Litigation
State of Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
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Assistant State Attorney
Office of the State Attorney 20th Judicial Circuit Florida
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Law Clerk for Civil Rights and Labor Lawyers
Law Office of Joseph Vassallo, P.A.
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Speaking Engagements
Employment Law Reality Check, Over 50 employment law related videos posted since 2018, YouTube
Urba Law PLLC
Ongoing YouTube videos called Employment Law Reality Check on various employment law issues from 2018 through the present.
Protecting LGBT-Headed Families, University of Miami School of Law CLE, Miami, Florida
University of Miami School of Law and National Center for Lesbian Rights
Florida continuing legal education workshop / seminar. Panel member / speaker.
Awards
Highest Scholastic Achievement
Valparaiso University School of Law
Professional Associations
National Employment Lawyers Association, New York
Member
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New York City Bar Association
Member
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New York State Bar Association  # 4974333
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
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Florida
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Massachusetts
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New York
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
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United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
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United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
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United States District Court for the Western District of New York
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Initial telephone conference.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards.
  • Contingent Fees
    The facts of each case determine whether contingent fees are appropriate.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Severance agreements, non-competes, and employment contracts are usually flat rates. Litigation is sometimes on a contingent fee basis. Fee agreements are memorialized in writing.
Practice Area
    Employment Law
    Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. My job asked me to share my college transcripts & diplomas to submit to U.S. immigration to help a new hire get a visa.
A: That looks like a very strange request. I do not practice immigration law. Call some immigration lawyers. Did you attend the same school the work visa applicant attends? Maybe they need to authenticate educational documentation? But there are better ways to do that. Call immigration lawyers to confirm that your documents should be accessible only to your employer unless your employer is now questioning the legitimacy of your own documentation which they should have told you if that were the case.
Q. Minor working grill position at chipotle?
A: Please see a link for New York's Department of Labor handbook on the employment of minors in New York State. You'll see a distinction for minors under the age of 16 and then continuing restrictions for those between 16 and 18. Check out pages 10 to 12 I believe. https://dol.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/03/p882.pdf
Q. If a person applies for a job and they are called for an phone interview for that company and Human Resources advises
A: Why not apply for the reposted position? Many say that it is a very tight job market. An employee's choice. The candidate they selected may have accepted a better offer or failed to show for their first day of work. Human Resources thought the position was filled and here they are. Or maybe they need a second person for a nearly identical role. If they were interested in you the first time, they should be interested again. And you already phone interviewed so less work for them. Compare your credentials to the requirements for the job. If you believe that you are fully qualified again and are not even called maybe there was discrimination? An EEOC charge or a NYS Division of Human Rights complaint would likely reveal why you were not chosen a second time. Is your competition truly more qualified than you or with greater experience? Every charging party or complainant needs a plausible theory. More than a guess or a hunch. A second try should reveal whether legitimate reasons support the selection. Keep application records, resumes, and ask questions when appropriate. Good luck.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Urba Law PLLC, New York
Blog
UrbaNYlaw Severance Blog
Videos
Urba Law PLLC helps healthcare workers across New York State if they are retaliated against for reporting imminent threats to public health or safety. They need to first report substantial... Healthcare Workers have New Whistleblower Protections 2020 | New York | Urba Law PLLC

Urba Law PLLC helps healthcare workers across New York State if they are retaliated against for reporting imminent threats to public health or safety. They need to first report substantial...

Urba Law PLLC, a New York statewide employment law firm, helps employers and employees, who need legal counsel on whether COVID vaccinations can be forced on employees. Excusing one employee... Can an Employer Require COVID Vaccinations | New York | Urba Law PLLC

Urba Law PLLC, a New York statewide employment law firm, helps employers and employees, who need legal counsel on whether COVID vaccinations can be forced on employees. Excusing one employee...

Race discrimination is often proven through circumstantial evidence. Rarely do we have direct evidence such as comments or references to racially motivated employment actions. Sometimes, employees themselves are not aware... Proving Race Discrimination at Work | New York | Urba Law PLLC

Race discrimination is often proven through circumstantial evidence. Rarely do we have direct evidence such as comments or references to racially motivated employment actions. Sometimes, employees themselves are not aware...

Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. Last week's video discussed how we represent employees who we may never meet in person. How is... Analyzing an Employer's Defenses is Key for Employment Discrimination | New York | Urba Law PLLC

Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. Last week's video discussed how we represent employees who we may never meet in person. How is...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. How do employment lawyers represent employees without ever meeting them in person? Employment lawyers are doing... Remote or Virtual Legal Representation for Employment Law | New York | Urba Law PLLC

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. How do employment lawyers represent employees without ever meeting them in person? Employment lawyers are doing...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check talking about employment agreements and noncompetition provisions. Those are coming up all the time with work... Noncompetition and Nonsolicitation Agreements Might be Enforceable | New York | Urba Law PLLC

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check talking about employment agreements and noncompetition provisions. Those are coming up all the time with work...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. How much severance pay are you entitled to receive? There is no mandatory requirement in New... One Week's Pay for Each Year of Service is Not a Law and Never Was | New York | Urba Law PLLC

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. How much severance pay are you entitled to receive? There is no mandatory requirement in New...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check.  Today we're talking about PIPs. Sometimes known as corrective action plans (CAPs) or any type... Rebuttals are Necessary for Discriminatory Performance Improvement Plans | New York | Urba Law PLLC

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Today we're talking about PIPs. Sometimes known as corrective action plans (CAPs) or any type...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Did you know that if you take confidential information from your employer like trade secrets or... Defend Trade Secrets Act protects Confidential Information, Trade Secrets | New York | Urba Law PLLC

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Did you know that if you take confidential information from your employer like trade secrets or...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Most employees are "at will." Government employees, union employees, and ones with private contracts have some... "No Reason is a Good Reason" to Terminate Any "at will" Employee | New York | Urba Law PLLC

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Most employees are "at will." Government employees, union employees, and ones with private contracts have some...

Contact & Map
Urba Law PLLC
200 Park Ave. Ste 1700
New York, NY 10166-0005
Telephone: (212) 731-4776
Monday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: 1 PM - 7 PM
Notice: Initial phone conferences available during these hours - no charge. Zoom or skype conferences might be requested thereafter, if necessary and agreed.