Erika Cagney defends corporate clients in all aspects of labor and employment law and focuses on advancing clients' business goals and providing practical advice on often complex issues. She represents employers in labor and employment litigation, including discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, employee and contractor classification, employment policies and practices, reductions in force, trade secret, and restrictive covenant matters. Erika has experience defending individual and multiplaintiff cases under the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, Title VII, ERISA, and numerous state laws. Her practice also includes counseling on a variety of employment issues, including human resources policies, litigation avoidance, and internal investigations and audits.
Erika's recent experience includes first-chairing a state court jury trial involving a former employee's sexual orientation discrimination and harassment claims against a national retailer that resulted in settlement following two days of trial for less than 1 percent of the plaintiff's demand. Erika has obtained summary judgment for many clients in single-plaintiff discrimination and harassment litigations and has been involved in the defense of complex class wage and hour claims. She also was on the trial team in a month-long jury trial involving claims and counterclaims of fraud and breach of employment contract, among others.
Erika also maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes working with Kids in Need of Defense to represent unaccompanied minors on immigration matters, and providing advice to numerous nonprofit clients. She has coauthored and spoken on numerous employment topics, such as ADA compliance and avoiding sexual harassment claims.
- Quinnipiac University (J.D. summa cum laude 2010; Valedictorian; Dean's Fellows Full Merit Scholarship Recipient); Boston College (B.S. in Finance and Economics cum laude 2005)
- New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of Connecticut, and District of Massachusetts