Overview

Loren L. Forrest, Jr. is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office and practices exclusively in the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Group where he represents management in all aspects of employment litigation, labor relations management and human resources counseling. Mr. Forrest has extensive experience litigating employment issues and representing management before the state and federal courts in New York and Connecticut, the National Labor Relations Board, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Mr. Forrest advises employers on a wide variety of employment policies and practices, including, but not limited to employee handbooks, accommodations for individuals with disabilities, racial and sexual harassment investigations, wage and hour compliance, anti-harassment training and matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act. He also represents employers in breach of contract, defamation and restrictive covenant actions in state and federal court.

Mr. Forrest represents a broad range of clients in the areas of wage and hour, EEO and labor law compliance, and provides counsel on white collar exemptions, employee misclassifications and complex overtime calculations. He also advises many types of hospitality clients on tip sharing and tip pooling, service charge and commission-based pay issues. He also advises home healthcare agencies on a variety of wage and hour, general employment and traditional labor issues.

Mr. Forrest has extensive experience related to anti-harassment and discrimination issues, employee accommodations and employee discipline. He counsels clients on the ever-expanding application of the National Labor Relations Act on non-unionized workplaces, with a particular emphasis on employees' use of social media and the expanding definition of "protected concerted activity," as defined by the National Labor Relations Board.

In addition, Mr. Forrest represents and advises clients on ADA access and accommodation issues. His substantial experience includes the defense of several clients facing federal and state disability access claims, including the negotiation of a voluntary compliance agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of a firm client.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Successful dismissal of a New Jersey Law Against Discrimination complaint from federal court brought by an independent contractor alleging racial discrimination in the termination of a contract by national railroad company
  • Obtained successful summary judgment and dismissal of a Title VII complaint alleging discrimination from federal court, where the plaintiff alleged that she was jointly employed by two nonprofit defendants
  • Conducts regular anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for a major league baseball team and its minor league affiliate

Mr. Forrest was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics and a member of the Fordham Environmental Law Journal while attending the Fordham University School of Law.

Credentials

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Queens College, City University of New York, B.A., Sociology
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Connecticut
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Honors & Awards
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellows Program, 2016
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014

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