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Joseph C. O'Keefe is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and Co-Head of the Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition Group.

Joe is an experienced trial lawyer who, for more than 30 years, has litigated employment disputes of all types on behalf of employers, before federal and state courts, arbitral tribunals (e.g. FINRA and AAA), and state and federal administrative agencies throughout the U.S. Joe has litigated employment-related lawsuits alleging breach of non-compete agreements, theft of trade secrets, discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, wage and hour violations, Title IX violations, breach of contract, defamation, fraud and other business related torts. Joe’s practice includes representing clients in complex class and collective litigation, including alleged violation of state and federal pay equity laws, violations of wage and hour laws and discrimination claims. Joe's experience includes appellate work in both federal and state courts.

In addition to his extensive litigation practice, Joe regularly advises employers, writes and speaks on a wide range of employment related issues. He counsels clients concerning pay equity, use of Artificial Intelligence in the workplace, management of personnel problems, ADA/FMLA compliance, reductions in force, investigation of employee complaints, state and federal leave laws, wage and hour issues, employment policies and contracts.

Joe represents employers in a variety of industries including financial services, higher education (colleges and universities), pharmaceuticals/medical devices, health care, technology, communications, fashion, consumer products, publishing, media and real estate. He frequently writes articles concerning developments in the law and speaks at seminars concerning legal developments in the labor and employment law field.

On August 23, 2023, the Delaware Court of Chancery decided Frontline Technologies Parent LLC et al. v. Brian Murphy et al., a case which, in the Court’s view, “presents a textbook example of why parties should ensure their contracts say what they mean and mean what they say.” The lawsuit, filed by Frontline Technologies

A bill introduced in the New York State Senate on August 4, 2023, would impose statewide requirements regulating tools that incorporate artificial intelligence to assist in employee monitoring and the employment decision-making process. (See Bill S07623 (“S07623”)).  The proposed requirements are much broader than those imposed by the New York City Automated Employment Decisions Tools

On August 9, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and iTutorGroup, Inc. filed a joint notice of settlement and consent decree announcing the settlement of a discrimination in hiring lawsuit. This settlement marks the first instance in which the EEOC settled a lawsuit alleging unlawful discrimination stemming from the use of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”)

The potential New York ban on non-compete agreements, approved by the both houses of the state Legislature back in June, has generated a significant volume of press, commentary, and speculation—but it hasn’t yet been signed into law.  What’s the current status of the bill, and how would it impact existing non-compete agreements if and when

On June 2, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “the Commission”) finalized a Consent Order settling charges against Anchor Glass Container Corp. (“Anchor Glass”) for engaging in conduct which, according to the FTC’s administrative complaint, “constitutes an unfair method of competition with a tendency or likelihood to harm competition, consumers, and employees in