Jones Day wins New York Law Journal's Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year award
Jones Day was named Winner of the New York Law Journal's (NYLJ) Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year award for 2021. The award is part of NYLJ's annual New York Legal Awards, which recognize "the best and brightest in New York's legal community."
Jones Day's Labor and Employment practice in New York spans every type of employment dispute, and is particularly known for high-stakes and precedent-setting litigation cases, including discrimination and wage and hour class actions, sexual harassment suits, and mass arbitrations, as well as high-profile, complex traditional labor matters before the NLRB, on behalf of some of the largest and most prominent employers in the world. This is the second time Jones Day has won this award, having also been named by NYLJ in 2017.
Some of the practice's achievements this year include two significant victories in the Second Circuit: In Isett v. Aetna, Inc., the Second Circuit upheld the district court's summary judgment ruling in favor of Aetna in a putative collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, finding that the district court correctly ruled that Appeals Nurse Consultants were covered by the professional exemption. This is a significant ruling because it is now one of the leading authorities on the professional exemption and also mooted the plaintiff's ability to certify a collective action. In Yih v. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the Second Circuit upheld a district court decision dismissing plaintiff's discrimination claim, finding that two job interviews conducted over Skype with a candidate in New York were insufficient to confer personal jurisdiction over the defendant. This ruling was likewise significant in providing legal clarity on jurisdictional issues arising from employer video usage. Other favorable case dispositive outcomes for clients in the last year include Gold v. Titlevest Agency (S.D.N.Y.), where Jones Day obtained summary judgment on a former executive's discrimination and retaliation claims, and Lewis v. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (N.Y. Sup. Ct.), in which the Firm secured for MSK the dismissal of a former employee's breach of contract action.
NYLJ will recognize the winners of the 2021 New York Legal Awards in their upcoming Professional Excellence magazine and will honor them at their event in October.