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Emre Polat, an attorney who is of counsel to the Akin Law Group, has extensive litigation experience in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, wage and hour cases, FMLA, restrictive covenant and non-competition agreements. Mr. Polat is an attorney in good standing with an unblemished record, duly admitted to practice law in the State of New York, admitted in the State of New Jersey, admitted in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, admitted in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Polat represents individuals in all employment matters. He also handles various breach of contract cases, State and Federal investigations, mediations and arbitrations. As an of counsel attorney to the Akin Law Group Mr. Polat has recognized that employment discrimination is rampant in New York and New Jersey where employees are often treated differently due to their race, religion, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age or disability. At times, these employees are harassed and subject to a hostile work environment by co-workers, superiors and management making offensive comments. At times the discrimination is further escalated whereby workers are denied raises, promotions, benefits and working conditions simply because of a personal characteristic. Additionally, employees who complain become the victims of Retaliation through adverse employment action such as reprimand or termination.
Furthermore, it has often been Mr. Polat’s experience that individuals that have faced discrimination at work based on their gender are also often victims of sexual harassment. Sexual Harassment takes one of two forms, Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment and Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment.
As defined by the New York State Division of Human Rights, “Sexual harassment in the form of a “hostile environment” consists of words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation or physical violence which are of a sexual nature, or which are directed at an individual because of that individual’s sex. Sexual harassment also consists of any unwanted verbal or physical advances, sexually explicit derogatory statements, or sexually discriminatory remarks made by someone in the workplace which are offensive or objectionable to the recipient, which cause the recipient discomfort or humiliation, or which interfere with the recipient’s job performance.” “Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment [on the other hand] occurs when a person in authority tries to trade job benefits for sexual favors. This can include hiring, promotion, continued employment or any other terms conditions or privileges of employment. Only supervisors and managers are deemed to engage in this kind of harassment, because co-workers do not have the authority to grant or withhold benefits.”
Mr. Polat is also well versed in the law pertaining to employment law including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 USC Section 1981, Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (which amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), New York State Human Rights Law Section 296 and Administrative Code of City of New York Section 8-107, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Wage Theft Prevention Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
As an of-counsel attorney working with the Akin Law Group, Mr. Polat will assist the Akin Law Group in ensuring that claims are filed with EEOC or that an action is started in Court.
Mr. Polat received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Hofstra University School of Law after graduating cum laude with dual degrees in Finance and Legal Studies in Business from Seton Hall University. His prior experiences include positions with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the league office of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the office of the Honorable Senator Frank R. Lautenberg.