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New York City Bar Association Ready for U.S. Department of Labor Referrals


Contact: Eric Friedman
(212) 382-6754
Kathryn Inman
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New York City Bar Association Ready for U.S. Department of Labor Referrals

New York, December 13, 2010 – Beginning today, the New York City Bar Association’s Legal Referral Service is one of 38 lawyer referral services across the country certified to have experienced employment lawyers receive referrals from the Department of Labor for violations of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The ABA Approved Attorney Referral System was announced on November 19th at a White House ceremony attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Senior Counsel for Access to Justice Laurence Tribe.

To access the ABA Approved Attorney Referral System, potential clients will call a toll- free number at the Department of Labor (DOL)—1-888-300-4998—and, if DOL cannot provide direct representation, it will direct callers to the participating bar association lawyer referral service in their area. The DOL has asked for help from the ABA to handle the tens of thousands of complaints they receive each year.

City Bar President Samuel W. Seymour said, “The New York City Bar is pleased to participate in this important partnership to increase access to justice for workers and their families.”

Allen Charne, Executive Director of the City Bar’s Legal Referral Service, said, “This program will help protect employees who are improperly denied time and a half for overtime, paid less then legal wages and are improperly denied Family Medical Leave when they or family members are ill or injured.”

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association (, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.