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Wendy J. Mellk

Principal
New York Metro
New York City

P 212-545-4000
F 212-972-3213
Wendy.Mellk@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Wendy J. Mellk is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Since joining the firm in October 1996, she has concentrated her practice in employment litigation and counseling employers on a full range of workplace issues including wage and hour compliance.

Ms. Mellk's litigation practice includes the defense of employers in single and multi-plaintiff actions before state and federal courts, the American Arbitration Association and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights on claims of discrimination (gender, race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation), sexual harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, violation of whistleblower protections and wage/hour laws, and wrongful discharge and related tort claims (invasion of privacy, defamation, interference with business relations, misrepresentation, and fraud). She also has handled appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the New York State Appellate Division.

She has represented numerous clients in national collective actions under the FLSA for overtime compensation and has experience in all aspects of class action cases, including developing litigation strategy, overseeing class-wide discovery, preparing potential exposure analyses, opposing class certification, interviewing witnesses, defending and taking depositions and retaining experts.

In her counseling practice, Ms. Mellk advises employers on issues such as wage and hour, disability management, reductions in force, privacy in the workplace, terminations without litigation, restrictive covenants, best practice employment policies, hiring and separations, and performance management. She also conducts management training for employers on a wide variety of employment law topics. Ms. Mellk regularly is invited to lecture on the FLSA, ADA, FMLA, and Title VII and other employment-related issues.

Litigation Experience

Ms. Mellk's litigation practice includes the defense of employers in single and multi-plaintiff actions before state and federal courts, the American Arbitration Association and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights on claims of discrimination (gender, race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation), sexual harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, violation of whistleblower protections and wage/hour laws, and wrongful discharge and related tort claims (invasion of privacy, defamation, interference with business relations, misrepresentation, and fraud). She also has handled appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the New York State Appellate Division.

FLSA Collective Actions Experience

Ms. Mellk has represented numerous clients in national collective actions under the FLSA for overtime compensation and has experience in all aspects of class action cases, including developing litigation strategy, overseeing class-wide discovery, preparing potential exposure analyses, opposing class certification, interviewing witnesses, defending and taking depositions and retaining experts.

Advice and Counsel Experience

In her counseling practice, Ms. Mellk advises employers on issues such as wage and hour, disability management, reductions in force, privacy in the workplace, terminations without litigation, restrictive covenants, best practice employment policies, hiring and separations, and performance management. She also conducts management training for employers on a wide variety of employment law topics. Ms. Mellk regularly is invited to lecture on the FLSA, ADA, FMLA, and Title VII and other employment-related issues.

Honors and Recognitions

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August 15, 2019
Jackson Lewis

The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

August 15, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

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May 17, 2019

The EPL Insurance Advisor – May 2019

May 17, 2019

To assist underwriters and claims professionals in assessing emerging employment risks, we are pleased to provide the first issue of our newsletter. The EPL Insurance Advisor highlights topical issues in claims, defenses, and liability risk management developments. 2019 EPLI Trends Report – What Analysts and Underwriters Should... Read More

May 15, 2019

EPLI Trends, Sexual Harassment Claims, and Planning for 2019

May 15, 2019

As workplace laws continue to evolve, the potential risk exposure is increasing. Jackson Lewis prepared this trends overview to help assess the current workplace law landscape in the #MeToo era and the wave of agency charges, latest claims, and new laws.  Highlights include: Pay Equity Lawsuits: The Next Wave of Litigation... Read More

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