NELA/NY, the local affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”), advances and encourages the professional development of its members through networking, educational programs, publications and technical support. NELA/NY also promotes the workplace rights of individual employees through legislation, a legal referral service, and other activities, with an emphasis on the special challenges presented by New York’s employment laws.
NELA was founded in 1985 to provide assistance and support to lawyers in protecting the rights of employees against the greater resources of their employers and the defense bar. NELA is the country’s only professional organization that is comprised exclusively of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, employee benefits, and other employment-related matters. NELA has a membership of more than 2,000 lawyers in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 50 state and local affiliates around the country. NELA/NY has more than 300 members.