Employment Litigation, Counseling, and Compliance

Our Practice


Employment Law is Our Total Focus

Our firm specializes in helping individuals, small businesses, and corporations with employment law issues, including litigation and arbitration, employer-employee relations, human resources policies and practices, and legal compliance. With more than 29 years of experience devoted exclusively to employment law, the Michael P. Pappas Law Firm combines large firm quality and expertise with the personal attention, efficiency, and responsiveness you expect.

Practice Areas

  • Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and other protected categories.
  • Sexual harassment.
  • Unlawful retaliation and whistleblowing.
  • Breach of employment contracts, commission plans, and compensation agreements.
  • Executive-level severance and compensation disputes.
  • Non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Family and medical leave laws.
  • Wage and hour actions involving overtime, minimum wage, tipping practices, misclassification, and other wage laws, including class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law.
  • Wage and hour audits by government agencies.
  • Drafting appropriate human resources policies.
  • Review and analysis of employment practices to ensure legal compliance.


Michael P. Pappas, Esq.



Michael Pappas is an experienced employment law attorney who has been successfully representing and advising clients for almost 30 years.   

Mr. Pappas has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour matters, employment discrimination and harassment, whistleblowing and retaliation, trade secrets and non-compete agreements, employee privacy and social media, executive compensation, employment contracts, wrongful termination, disability and medical leave laws, and employment practice compliance reviews. He has proven expertise handling complex lawsuits, class actions, financial industry arbitrations, and proceedings before government agencies, as well as conducting internal investigations and policy audits, and providing practical and strategic advice and counseling.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Pappas practiced at the nation's top employment law firms for more than 25 years. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Pappas was a partner at one of the leading employment law firms in the United States. He is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law, where he was a Distinguished Scholar and an Editor of the Boston University Law Review.


Court Admissions

New York State

​New Jersey


U.S. District Court, Southern District of N.Y.

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of N.Y

U.S. District Court, Western District of N.Y.

U.S. District Court, District of N.J.

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit



The Lexis Practice Advisor Journal, Reduce Litigation Risks When Hiring From a Competitor (2017) (Lexis Nexis Publishing)

Negotiating Settlement Agreements on Behalf of Employees (2016) (Lexis Nexis Publishing)

Drafting and Filing Summary Judgment Motions For EEO Claims (2015) (Lexis Nexis Publishing)

Littler ASAP, Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't: Terminating Accused Harasser Can Lead to Liability for “Sex Stereotyping” (2009)

Littler ASAP, A “Constructive” Decision: The Employee Choice Doctrine Is Alive and Well in New York (2007)

Littler ASAP, New York Employers Must Obtain Proof of Age From “Youthful” Employees (2006)

Employee Relations Law Journal, Is There a Better Way? Compulsory Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims after Gilmer (1994)