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V. Jonas Urba

V. Jonas Urba

Admitted to all federal district courts in New York for employment law only
  • Employment Law, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Massachusetts, New York
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Summary

All I do is employment law. I've practiced in this field for more than 20 years. I handle the following:

Hostile workplaces most often involving race, gender or sex, and disability discrimination.

Wage and Hour Claims often involving misclassified as salaried or exempt and not paid overtime.

Severance agreements, non-competes, non-solicitations, and trade secret breaches.

Some matters can be handled alternatively. Mediation, arbitration, or at administrative hearings before the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Others require litigation.

I've posted more than 40 videos called "Employment Law Reality Check" on YouTube. Each one encourages potential clients to call many employment lawyers before choosing one. The reason being that employment claims can take weeks, months or years to resolve. You need to find a lawyer who is a good fit for you and vice versa.

No need to meet lawyers in person any more but speaking with many on the phone before deciding on one is usually a great idea.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Initial telephone conference.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards.
  • Contingent Fees
    The facts of each case determine whether contingent fees are appropriate.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Severance agreements, non-competes, and employment contracts are usually flat rates. Litigation is sometimes on a contingent fee basis. Fee agreements are memorialized in writing.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
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Florida
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Massachusetts
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New York
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
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United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
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United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
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United States District Court for the Western District of New York
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Labor and Employment Attorney
Urba Law PLLC
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My practice is limited to labor and employment law matters. I litigate in federal court, represent clients at administrative proceedings, and have been certified as a court mediator. Most clients do not wish to spend years in court although sometimes that is the only option.
Discrimination Attorney
Law Offices of Jonas Urba, P.A.
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Represented the most discriminated segment of the population at that time.
Labor and Employment Attorney
Modern Business Associates, Inc.
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EEOC, Title VII, Department of Labor, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, employer policies and procedures, unemployment, internal and external employee conduct investigations
Labor and Employment Attorney
Fowler White Boggs Banker, P.A.
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Represented carriers and employers.
Labor and Employment Attorney
Miller Kagan Rodriguez & Silver, P.A.
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Represented carriers and employers.
Labor and Employment Attorney
Law Office of Jonas Urba, P.C.
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Employment discrimination, EEOC, Title VII, ADA, severance agreements, agency administrative actions, unemployment, sexual harassment, FLSA, FMLA
Labor and Employment Attorney
McCrea & Keck, LLC
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Represented carriers and employers.
Assistant General Counsel
State of Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
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Civil servant. Represented management and human resources in agency administrative actions, public employees relations commission actions, federal, state, and administrative forums.
Assistant State Attorney
20th Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney
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Prosecuted criminal cases.
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. (1988) | Law
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University of South Florida
MBA (1983) | Business Administration
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Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
B.S. (1980) | Psychology, Business Administration
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Awards
Jonas Urba mentioned for helping a pregnant Planned Parenthood employee
New York Times
The New York Times published a story about pregnant employees losing their jobs at Planned Parenthood. The Times mentioned that I had resolved such a claim.
Highest Scholastic Achievement
Valparaiso University School of Law
Professional Associations
National Employment Lawyers Association, New York
Member
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New York City Bar Association
Member
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New York State Bar Association  # 4974333
Member
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Westchester County Bar Association
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Glory Days of PUBLIC SERVICE
Westchester Lawyer magazine
Do Statutory Rights Mean What They Say?
Florida Bar - Administrative Law Section Newsletter
Speaking Engagements
Strategies to Protect Non-Traditional Families , University of Miami Law School / NCLR , Miami, Florida
NCLR
Florida continuing legal education workshop / seminar. Panel member / speaker.
Certifications
Certified Fraud Examiner
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Websites & Blogs
Website
Severance Lawyer New York
Blog
Urba Law PLLC
Videos
I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. What are some signs that you might not have been paid all of the wages which... Unpaid Overtime is fairly common even in big companies. Here are some signs you may be owed money.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. What are some signs that you might not have been paid all of the wages which...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. I'm going to talk about damages today because damages are so important. Everybody wants to know... Evaluating Damages for Employment Discrimination

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. I'm going to talk about damages today because damages are so important. Everybody wants to know...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Most businesses are now open. But many are concerned about whether they will be able to... Helping small business owners during COVID-19

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Most businesses are now open. But many are concerned about whether they will be able to...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. I've been getting quite a few calls from people in upstate and out west in New... Now Easier to Prove Workplace Harassment Buffalo, Rochester, upstate NY included

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. I've been getting quite a few calls from people in upstate and out west in New...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check talking about employment agreements and non-compete provisions. Those are coming up all the time with work... Employment Agreements and Non-competes

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check talking about employment agreements and non-compete provisions. Those are coming up all the time with work...

Hi, I'm Jonas Urba. I'm a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check talking to you about damages for employment discrimination. Probably the most important topic we... How much is an employment discrimination case worth? Google New York Division of Human Rights Orders

Hi, I'm Jonas Urba. I'm a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check talking to you about damages for employment discrimination. Probably the most important topic we...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, with employment law reality check talking about probable cause. It's so important for any employment discrimination case. Generally, around New York State,... Receiving a finding of probable cause from NYS Division of Human Rights does not mean you won; yet.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, with employment law reality check talking about probable cause. It's so important for any employment discrimination case. Generally, around New York State,...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Don't hesitate to call Hudson Valley employment lawyers even if you live in Buffalo, Oswego, or... No matter where you live, a New York employment lawyer can represent you statewide; remotely.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Don't hesitate to call Hudson Valley employment lawyers even if you live in Buffalo, Oswego, or...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. It's been about a year since I started making these videos and today I'm doing something... Physicians should insist on written employment agreements and restrictive provisions, if any.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. It's been about a year since I started making these videos and today I'm doing something...

I'm Jonas Urba. I'm a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Why it's so important to put it in writing. I've done these videos for about... Sections 195 and 198 of New York's Labor Laws require notices but no duration of employment terms.

I'm Jonas Urba. I'm a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Why it's so important to put it in writing. I've done these videos for about...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Talking about gender discrimination. Gender discrimination can happen to anyone. It can happen to men as... Gender discrimination or because of sex employment decisions are illegal in New York.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Talking about gender discrimination. Gender discrimination can happen to anyone. It can happen to men as...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. I'm going to talk about texting versus phone calls. It's very important for you to call... Phone calls beat texts for employment cases which are about exploring good facts up front.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. I'm going to talk about texting versus phone calls. It's very important for you to call...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Talking about retaliation at work. If you report discrimination at work to human resources and they... Retaliation for reporting discrimination is illegal, but reporting does not prevent other discipline

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Talking about retaliation at work. If you report discrimination at work to human resources and they...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Within the last few weeks I have had a number of employees call me with situations... Employment discrimination is almost always hard to prove; circumstantial evidence takes time to get

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Within the last few weeks I have had a number of employees call me with situations...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. Today I am talking about sales professionals. Lately I have received a number of calls from... Sales professionals in their 50s or 60s might think age discrimination when a better claim is other

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. Today I am talking about sales professionals. Lately I have received a number of calls from...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. I've been getting calls from teachers and school administrators; mostly probationary employees. Sometimes they think they... Discrimination happens to teachers, school administrators. Sometimes union agreements are violated

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. I've been getting calls from teachers and school administrators; mostly probationary employees. Sometimes they think they...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. I've received a number of calls from physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurse specialists lately. They've asked... Physician and Nurse Practitioner non-compete, non-solicitation agreements should be lawyer reviewed

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. I've received a number of calls from physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurse specialists lately. They've asked...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Non-disclosure agreements. What are they? They're contracts that employers sometimes ask employees to sign. Why? Because... Sexual harassment non-disclosure agreements in New York are unenforceable unless victim chosen.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Non-disclosure agreements. What are they? They're contracts that employers sometimes ask employees to sign. Why? Because...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. How much severance pay are you entitled to receive? There is no mandatory requirement in New... How much severance pay? Some think 1 week per year of service is required or policy and it's not.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. How much severance pay are you entitled to receive? There is no mandatory requirement in New...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. How important is it for you to be honest on your employment application? The short answer... Not being honest on an employment application could limit you to unpaid wage or overtime claims.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. How important is it for you to be honest on your employment application? The short answer...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check.  Talking to you today about mediation at the EEOC. Do you need an attorney to... EEOC mediation is best with an employment lawyer and a plan of what you want; what you will accept.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Talking to you today about mediation at the EEOC. Do you need an attorney to...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check.  Today we're talking about PIPs. Sometimes known as corrective action plans (CAPs) or any type... Performance Improvement Plans need careful review and often require a detailed, written rebuttal.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Today we're talking about PIPs. Sometimes known as corrective action plans (CAPs) or any type...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Did you know that as of October 15, 2018 if you ask for an accommodation from... Employees needing accommodations who work in New York City must be provided written denials 10/15/18

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Did you know that as of October 15, 2018 if you ask for an accommodation from...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Did you know that if you take confidential information from your employer like trade secrets or... Taking client lists or trade secrets from any employer can cost lots of money in federal court.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Did you know that if you take confidential information from your employer like trade secrets or...

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Most employees are "at will." Government employees, union employees, and ones with private contracts have some... Most employees are "at will" and can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all.

I'm Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer here with Employment Law Reality Check. Most employees are "at will." Government employees, union employees, and ones with private contracts have some...

Legal Answers
429 Questions Answered

Q. Laid off due to COVID & now the company is rehiring.
A: Many feel your frustration. Not to make excuses but employers are dealing with a new set of circumstances every day. Some are closing for good. I assume that you received unemployment benefits. Those require you to look for work. Also every employment discrimination complaint requires mitigation of damages or ongoing job searches. Employment claims require work for both lawyer and client. That means you should be keeping detailed records of the jobs you will be applying for effective now. You will need those records. You have 1 year to file a complaint with the NYS Division of Human Rights. You should probably consider applying for your prior position. It's inconceivable that you would not be the most qualified for it no? They may offer you the job after you file your complaint with NYS DHR if you were or are being discriminated. COVID is being used as an excuse by some employers. But employers are allowed to make mistakes. They can also change their minds. And in today's world they may not know what their operation will look like first of the year. If discrimination was a motivating factor file your complaint within 1 year of being laid off or furloughed. Many are resolved short of hearing which may include yours if there was discrimination of some kind?
Q. Are independent contractors entitled to the same four hours of "call-in pay" when a portion of their shift is cancelled?
A: An employment lawyer needs to review whatever contract or contracts govern the services. Many independent contractors are actually employees. That may not apply to you but the only way a true independent is compensated is: 1) According to the agreed upon terms, usually in writing, since verbal or parole evidence has credibility issues inherent or 2) Quantum meruit or for the reasonable value of similar performed services or the norm within an industry by custom or practice (i.e. supported by case law within whatever jurisdiction the services are performed which may vary widely). If you did not actually perform services it seems that #1 might be the better choice absent caselaw for #2. Of course government employees and contractors have many other regs and laws for protection from arbitrary or politically motivated mistreatment. Unions protect all with collective agreements but these situations do not appear in your facts. Retain an employment lawyer, often for a flat rate, to read and advise regarding your contract.
Q. Heart issue fall under ADA? Employer requires filling reasonable accommodation form when I asked continue work remotely.
A: The question is medical. Is telecommuting a reasonable accommodation for your heart condition? But if you had the heart condition before COVID why did you not need an accommodation before the pandemic? I think the question is more how safe is your workplace? Are they OSHA compliant? What steps are they taking to protect everyone? What else could they do to accomodate any needs which you have? It's a complicated analysis because you don't want to accomodate yourself out of a job if the employer alleges an undue hardship. You may want to consult with some employment lawyers regarding how to handle the situation. Some physicians who do not work with the ADA could put you in a box which may be difficult to climb out of. Employment lawyers will examine your entire work environment and serve as coaches so hopefully you keep the job yet protect yourself. It's not all or nothing. I settled a case a few months ago where opposing counsel, who were highly experienced employment defense lawyers, commented that my proposed resolution process was "very creative". I thought so too. It worked and everyone was pleased. Good luck!
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Urba Law PLLC
520 White Plains Rd., Ste. 500
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Telephone: (914) 366-7366
Cell: (914) 826-7721
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Tuesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 7 PM (Today)
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