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The Basics of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment

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This CLE course is presented by Tully Rinckey PLLC Partner Graig F. Zappia, Esq. Mr. Zappia will draw upon his deep experience as an employment law attorney to assist attorneys of all levels of skill and experience in improving their legal knowledge regarding workplace discrimination claims. Mr. Zappia will provide guidance to attorneys on the various forums in which to make discrimination claims in the context of employment practice. Mr. Zappia will provide insight into procedural requirements, issues regarding federal preemption of state laws, and concerns regarding the arbitration of discrimination claims.

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Graig F. Zappia, Esq.

Graig contributes to the versatility of Tully Rinckey PLLC’s legal services for clients in New York State’s Capital Region, and across the country, regarding federal employment matters. At the national level, he practices federal labor and employment law, routinely assisting federal employees in combating wrongful personnel actions, discrimination, retaliation and harassment before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). He also represents and defends federal employees who have become the subject of investigations conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (IG) and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). In New York State, he practices public and private sector labor and employment law representing employers and employees in public and private sector discrimination lawsuits, Fair Labor Standards Act and Family Medical Leave Act cases.

Beyond this, in New York State, Graig represents private real estate owners, developers and financial institutions in all aspects of real estate transactions, including closings, title review, contracts, zoning, and leasing, among other areas. He also advises small businesses, with an emphasis on medical professionals, in their asset acquisitions and sales, corporate formations, corporate governance, commercial matters and succession planning. Graig also provides estate planning services to his clients, including will and trust preparation.

Graig received his juris doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University in Albany, N.Y. He received a bachelor’s degree from Siena College, majoring in political science.

Graig resides in Mechanicville with his wife, Kendra, their two kids, Gemma and Merrick, and their English bulldog, Mookie. Outside of the office, Graig enjoys running, golfing and rooting for the Siena Saints and Buffalo Bills. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Siena College Pre-Law Mentoring Program and is a past coach of the Mechanicville Assumption/St. Paul CYO basketball team.

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