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Joseph J. Lynett

Principal
White Plains

P 914-872-6888
F 914-946-1216
Joseph.Lynett@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Joseph J. Lynett is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on assisting employers, businesses, and educational institutions in meeting the legal and practical challenges posed by federal and state laws protecting injured and ill employees, as well as disabled students and members of the public.

Mr. Lynett defends employers, business and educational institutions in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education involving claims of disability discrimination arising under federal, state and local law, including Title I and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and analogous state and local disability discrimination and public accommodation laws.

Maintaining an active counseling practice, Mr. Lynett provides imaginative and creative solutions to the complex array of workplace disability and health management issues faced by both large and small companies. Mr. Lynett counsels clients with the goal of either avoiding litigation entirely or improving outcomes before administrative agencies, courts and juries.

A significant amount of Mr. Lynett’s counseling involves assisting clients in conducting an “individualized assessment” required by a growing number of federal and state laws. These efforts include helping employers effectively communicate with employees and medical providers in an effort to evaluate potential risks to health and safety posed by employee injuries or illnesses. In an area of law in which there often are few bright lines, Mr. Lynett attempts to develop practical and constructive solutions.

While attending law school, he was Articles Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of Law & Policy.

Published Works

  • “Website Accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” American Bar Association (June 2013) [Co-Author with John Snyder]
  • "Call To Duty: An Employer's Obligation to Military Service Personnel," Pro Bono Partnership (January 2003) [Author]
  • "Trends In Alternative Dispute Resolution," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (October 2002) [Co-Author]

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October 22, 2018
SHRM

Joseph Lynett Comments on the Increase of ADA Lawsuits Due to Career Portal Accessibility

October 22, 2018

Joseph Lynett comments on increased litigation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to accommodations over inaccessible job websites in "Potential Job Applicants Sue Companies with Difficult Online Forms," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article     Read More

August 26, 2018
Omaha World-Herald

Joseph Lynett Comments on Implications of Omaha Businesses Named in Lawsuits Alleging Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

August 26, 2018

Joseph Lynett comments on implications of various Omaha businesses facing federal lawsuits alleging discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act in "Omahans file lawsuits against 87 businesses citing discrimination of people with disabilities," published by the Omaha World-Herald. Subscription may be required to... Read More

May 17, 2018
Lorman Education Services

Joseph Lynett and John Snyder Author "House Bill Would Limit Drive-by Lawsuits by Amending Title III of Americans with Disabilities Act"

May 17, 2018

Joseph Lynett and John Snyder author "House Bill Would Limit Drive-by Lawsuits by Amending Title III of Americans with Disabilities Act," published by Lorman Education Services. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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July 25, 2017

Trending: Website Accessibility Lawsuits under Americans with Disabilities Act on the Rise

July 25, 2017

For years, lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act concerning places of public accommodation were confined to brick-and-mortar physical barriers, such as steps, excessive slopes in parking lots, and routes that were too narrow for individuals in wheelchairs to use. Now, in the e-commerce age, lawsuits complaining... Read More

July 20, 2017

Final New York Paid Family Leave Regulations Released: What Employers Need to Know

July 20, 2017

The Workers’ Compensation Board adopted the final regulations for New York’s new Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL) on July 19, 2017. Final Regulations were issued previously by the Department of Financial Services on May 16, 2017. PFL will provide broad paid family leave benefits through the state’s existing Disability Benefits Law... Read More

March 6, 2017

New Paid Family Leave Benefits for New York Employees: What Employers Need to Know

March 6, 2017

New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL) will provide broad paid family leave benefits through the state’s existing Disability Benefits Law for all employees who have worked at least 26 consecutive weeks (or 175 days for part-time employees) for the employer. The law also will provide such employees with the right to a... Read More

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Preparing for New York Paid Family Leave: Are You Ready?

September 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Preparing for New York Paid Family Leave: Are You Ready?

September 6, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Website Accessibility and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act

October 6, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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House Bill Would Limit Drive-by Lawsuits by Amending Title III of Americans with Disabilities Act
February 28, 2018

The House of Representatives has passed the “ADA Education and Reform Act” (HR 620) with an 85-percent vote in favor of passage (including 12 Democrats).  Prior to filing a lawsuit under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the bill requires potential plaintiffs to provide businesses with both notice of architectural barri Read More

60 Minutes Goes Prime Time with ADA Drive By Lawsuits
December 6, 2016

In case you missed it, on December 4, 2016, the popular news program 60 Minutes aired a story on the alarming growing number of ADA drive-by lawsuits filed against businesses.  A transcript of the story is provided here.  Title III of the ADA requires places of public accommodation, such as restaurants, banks, movie theaters and … Read More