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Basil C. Sitaras

Tel: 212.735.8849
Email: bsitaras@morrisoncohen.com

Basil is an Associate in Morrison Cohen’s Compensation, Benefits & Employment and Business Litigation Departments.  He has over a decade of experience defending a wide range of employers – from representing global financial institutions to technology starts-ups – in labor and employment-related claims and civil actions in federal and state courts, mediations and arbitrations, and before administrative agencies involving allegations of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, wage and hour violations (particularly with respect to the hospitality industry), restrictive covenants, workers’ compensation, and claims under, inter alia, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act.  He also counsels individuals with respect to executive compensation-related matters.

Basil has handled arbitrations before FINRA for, among other claims, breach of contract and expungement of Form U5, as well as handling matters alleging discrimination pursuant to the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and New York Labor Law violations in all forums.  Basil counsels management and individuals in these areas on a regular basis.

Basil also provides direct, client-facing advice and counsel regarding various labor and employment laws, workplace investigations, hiring and termination decisions, disciplinary actions, reductions in force, accommodations, workplace harassment, social media, privacy rights, family and medical leave, wage and hour compliance, exempt or non-exempt classification, and independent contractor designations.  He also drafts and reviews personnel policies and employee handbooks, assists clients in the development and implementation of human resources policies, and develops and presents training programs on harassment, discrimination, and litigation prevention.

Prior to joining Morrison Cohen, Basil was Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at Cantor Fitzgerald, and Counsel at Day Pitney LLP.