Kathie Caminiti is a partner in the New Jersey office. She has extensive experience handling employment litigation matters, ranging from individual plaintiff discrimination claims to wage and hour class and collective actions.
Kathie has successfully defended cases alleging civil rights violations, race, sex, age and handicap discrimination, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing, wrongful discharge and retaliation. Kathie has a sophisticated wage and hour practice and has distinguished herself in FLSA/wage and hour litigation. Kathie currently is the lead counsel on a number nationwide class/collective action. She has obtained favorable outcomes for clients in various wage and hour matters, including class and collective actions arising under the FLSA and various state laws. Kathie has also defended employers and financial institutions in ERISA cases, including class actions, seeking severance, pension and health and welfare benefits, as well as trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation.
Kathie counsels her clients on compliance with the law in such areas as employment discrimination, disability law, wrongful termination, reductions in force, FMLA and leave laws, sexual harassment, and wage & hour matters and issues related to employee classification, including issues involving independent contractors and interns. Kathie also assists clients in their liability prevention efforts by conducting employee training, preparing handbooks and implementing policies, as well as wage an hour audits.
As a member of the firm's Education Practice Group, Kathie regularly provides advice to a number of private educational institutions regarding employee, student and Board issues. Kathie is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Her expertise is frequently quoted by ABC News, NJBiz, HR Executive, NJ 101.5 and other media outlets.
She has published numerous articles that have appeared in New Jersey Business, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine and Practical Law, where she writes about FMLA and New York leave issues.
Kathie was listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2015.
Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015
Super Lawyers Honors Five Attorneys from the New Jersey Office
March 13, 2015
Author: “Five 'Must Have' HR Policies” - NJ Business - November 15, 2012
Author: “Employment Legislation: Recent Developments and What's on the Horizon” - New Jersey Lawyer Magazine - April 1, 2010
Practitioner Insights: Kathie has written numerous articles on FMLA and New York leave issues for Practitioner Insight, published on the WestlawNext legal research platform.
Quoted: Be careful: For legal reasons, ACA-prompted wellness programs must be structured carefully - NJBiz - June 18, 2014
Quoted: “An Outbreak of Flu-Related Legal Issues” - Corporate Counsel - January 18, 2013
Quoted: Don't Bother Applying If You're Unemployed - Talent Management - April 7, 2011
Quoted: “Employers Face New Regulation” - NJBiz - January 4, 2010
Quoted: “Sick Kids Add to Workplace Anxiety” - HR Executive Online - August 5, 2009
Quotes and Soundbites
Paid or Unpaid? Interns Have Rights
May 18, 2015
How to Fire an Employee... The Right Way
May 6, 2015
Keep Those Office Super Bowl Pools Small and Legal
January 21, 2015
Wellness Programs Come With Risks
July 14, 2014
To Work Or Not To Work When It Snows?
February 14, 2014
Super Bowl Pools: Both Legal and Tricky
January 27, 2014
Don't Have Too Much Fun at Your Holiday Party
December 9, 2013
5 Tips For Navigating NYC's New Ban On Unemployment Bias
April 4, 2013
NY Minimum Wage Bump Would Increase Spread Pay Liability
March 7, 2013
How Companies Can Prevent an Office Flu Epidemic - ABCNews.com - January 11, 2013
January 11, 2013
Attorneys Put Focus Of Their Practice On Intern Laws - NJBiz - September 4, 2012
September 4, 2012
Bullying Can Cost Your School - And Your Students, And Their Parents
January 2, 2015
Background Checks: A Minefield of Potential Liability under the FCRA and Ban-the-Box Legislation
September 9, 2015
Morris County SHRM 8th Annual Legal Program
July 22, 2015
Risk Issues That Schools Face
May 4, 2015
Wage & Hour Issues
January 15, 2015
Risk Issues That Schools Face, and Supporting Your Head of School: The Head's Evaluation
January 10, 2015
Top Five Action Items For Employers To Protect Their Businesses
May 1, 2014
Who, What, When, Why And How Of Background Checking Policies - New York/New Jersey
November 7, 2013
NJAIS Trustee Day Program - Edison, NJ
November 3, 2013
HIPAA and Other Legal Issues Raised by Wellness Programs
May 15, 2013
Avoiding the Wage and Hour Trap: How to Survive the New Laws, New Rules and Enforcement Actions
March 13, 2013