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The Meso Foundation Board of Directors: Eric Witkin

Meet Eric Witkin, Director

As a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Eric D. Witkin practices in the areas of Discrimination and Harassment at Littler Mendelson. For more than 40 years, Eric has successfully represented management in employment litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights, focusing on the defense of discrimination claims arising under Title VII and New York State and City Human Rights Laws.

Eric has defended employers and individual managers in both single plaintiff and large class actions involving the full range of employment law issues, including discrimination based on age, race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion and national origin; retaliation; sexual harassment; breach of contract; wrongful discharge; tortious interference with contract; intentional infliction of emotional distress; negligent hiring and supervision; defamation; and breach of non-solicitation and non-compete agreements.

His recent successes include summary judgments in favor of employers dismissing claims of disability, discrimination, harassment and retaliation; age and gender discrimination and breach of contract; race discrimination and retaliation; sexual harassment and constructive discharge; claims for post-termination commissions; claimed violations of New York’s whistle-blower law; claims of hostile environment sexual harassment and retaliation; and claims of religious discrimination and retaliation.

Eric also has had major responsibility in cases notable for the novelty of the legal theories advanced and the degree of risk entailed. They include rejections of the doctrine of compelled self-defamation and the Equal Pay Act pay discrimination claims of hundreds of flight attendants.

Throughout his career, Eric served in various positions, from associate to partner, at other firms, and on numerous boards, including: Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation; New York City Bar Association; Labor and Employment Law Section - New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester; and Columbia College Alumni Association.

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