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David C. Salazar-Austin


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David C. Salazar-Austin


David C. Salazar-Austin is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, and has represented clients in state and federal court, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Connecticut Department of Labor, and the State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission.

He has experience in a variety of employment law areas, including employment discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, disability and medical leave issues, noncompetition and trade secret disputes, wage and hour claims, breach of contract, and diversity best practices. Mr. Salazar-Austin also conducts training sessions for employers, including sexual harassment prevention, diversity and sensitivity, and performance management techniques training.

Representative Class and Collective Actions Experience

Mr. Salazar-Austin has handled class and collective actions, including wage and hour claims alleging misclassification of pharmaceutical sales representatives, mortgage underwriters, and computer professionals, as well as Equal Pay Act claims alleging gender discrimination. Results in those cases include:

  • Defeated Rule 23 class certification motion for class of mortgage underwriters in U.S.D.C. for District of Connecticut;
  • Deposed lead plaintiff in a nationwide class and collective action, leading to eventual dismissal of all claims against the client;
  • Obtained favorable resolution of five single-plaintiff cases, thereby avoiding class litigation of individual plaintiffs’ claims; and
  • Defeated motion to transfer and consolidate before the Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation, where consolidation would have required multiple class actions to be litigated in an unfavorable jurisdiction.

Honors and Recognitions

David C. Salazar-Austin
Rated by Super Lawyers

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Professional Associations and Activities

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Board Member
  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Connecticut Fair Housing Center, President of the Board

Published Works

  • "That Summer Intern May Be A Legal Liability," Hartford Business Journal, June 10, 2013