Ryan H. Nelson is an Associate in the Long Island office of Jackson Lewis P.C. where he is a member of the firm’s Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense and General Employment Litigation practice groups. Mr. Nelson assists employers in the preparation of affirmative action plans and defends employers against allegations of discrimination in connection with audits by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and in related litigation brought on the OFCCP’s behalf by the Solicitor’s Office at the U.S. Department of Labor. Moreover, he defends employers against charges and complaints of discrimination filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and analog state and local agencies, as well as any resulting litigation.
Additionally, his practice includes advising and counseling employers on compliance with employment laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws, especially in the context of disability and leave management issues. Mr. Nelson also assists employers during reductions in force by conducting preventive, adverse impact analyses; drafting separation agreements and general releases; and ensuring compliance with federal and state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Acts. He is also an experienced practitioner before the New York Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board’s Administrative Law Judge Section.
Mr. Nelson is a frequent author and presenter on the intersection of employment law and LGBT rights in the areas of employment discrimination, employee benefits, leave time, and workplace policies. Recently presentations include Accommodating Religion and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit and Remedies for Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace: What Is and What Could Be at the University of Texas Law School’s Sexual Citizenship and Human Rights Conference.
He received his B.S.B.A. with a major in Economics from the University of Florida and his J.D., cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. During law school, he served on the Editorial Board of the Moot Court Honor Society and studied comparative corporate governance at Oxford University. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis P.C., he completed a fellowship in The Legal Aid Society’s Employment Law Unit, served as a legal intern in the EEOC’s Litigation Unit, and served as a judicial intern to the Honorable William J. Martini in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
An Indirect Challenge to the FDA’s “Gay Blood Ban”, ___ 23 Tul. J. L. & Sexuality ___ (forthcoming 2014)
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- National LGBT Bar Association’s Top 40 LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2013
- Jacob Burns Medal for Outstanding Moot Court Achievement
- 2011 Langfan Family Constitutional Law Oratorical Competition, Finalist
- 2010 Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition, Finalist & 3rd Place Petitioner’s Brief
- 2009 Monrad G. Paulsen Intramural Moot Court Competition, Finalist & 3rd Place Oralist