Attorney Leopold Raic, Esq. a senior associate at Akin Law Group, represents victims of sexual harassment, employment discrimination, hostile work environment, overtime and minimum wage violations, FMLA (family medical leave act) violations, as well as discrimination based on race, religious, color, creed, national origin, age, disability and sexual orientation. Mr. Raic is also well versed in the field of personal injury, representing victims of motor vehicle and slip/trip and fall accidents. Attorney Raic is admitted to practice in the Courts of New York as well as the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York.
During law school, Attorney Raic advocated for the rights of immigrant workers to receive unpaid wages that were legally owed to them regardless of immigration status. Mr. Raic graduated from the Hofstra School of Law in 2000, obtaining his Juris Doctorate. He was an articles editor of the Family and Conciliation Court Review. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University, in Political Science and English, and was selected to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Before gaining employment with the Akin Law Group, Attorney Raic had amassed a vast amount of experience in the field of personal injury, working for staff counsel at GEICO Insurance Company for 12 years. Mr. Raic then left the field of Insurance Defense to focus on representing the injured parties of motor vehicle and slip/trip and fall accidents all across the many counties of New York State. Further, Mr. Raic has gained experience practicing in the fields of Criminal Law, Family Law and Landlord/Tenant matters.
Attorney Raic is an attorney in good standing with an unblemished record, duly admitted to practice law in the State of New York since 2001. Attorney Raic (an attorney with an excellent record for over 16 years) is devoted to representing the victims of Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination (discrimination based on sex, race, religions, color, creed, national origin, age disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation) and those forced to work in a Hostile Work Environment.
Attorney Raic advocates for employee rights in furtherance of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State and New York City Civil Rights Laws to pursue legal action against employers for unlawful conduct. The Civil Rights Act and other state and local laws prohibit unequal treatment based on an individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability and other similarly protected classes. This form of discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee or group of employees differently because of their status as a protected class pursuant to the law. It may occur through hiring, firing, demoting, providing benefits, or other potential adverse employment actions. If an employer makes a decision that adversely affects a protected class, it may have engaged in unlawful discrimination.
Employers may be liable for sexual harassment if they allow or create a hostile work environment, which is formed by behavior that either unreasonably interferes with the victim’s ability to do his or her job or creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment in the office. Another form of sexual harassment is referred to as “quid pro quo” harassment, or behavior intended to elicit certain conduct from employees, such as going on a date with a supervisor, in exchange for a particular benefit, such as a raise or promotion. Sexual harassment is technically a form of gender discrimination, and employees affected by it may be able to receive a wide range of remedies, ranging from compensatory damages and back-pay to potential reinstatement.
In addition. Mr. Raic advocates on behalf of individuals that have been illegally paid an hourly salary below the minim-wage and those that have been denied overtime pay despite working in excess of 40 hours per week. Despite the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Wage Theft Prevention Act and the Minimum Wage laws, many employers continue paying workers and employees less than the minimum wage and continue to deny employees and worker overtime pay (which is 1-1/2 times the regular rate of pay for any hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week).
Mr. Raic is a litigator who is a fierce advocate of his clients, representing individuals in all the Courts of the State of New York, including the Federal Courts, the New York State Supreme Court and the New York Court of Claims.