Douglas S. Zucker focuses his practice primarily representing private and public sector employers and not-for-profit organizations in all aspects of labor and employment law, and in providing counseling to individuals and executives on employment and post-termination release agreements. Many of Mr. Zucker’s clients are small to mid-sized and closely held businesses, for which he performs a variety of services, involving business contracts, general business and corporate issues, and commercial litigation. Mr. Zucker has a particular focus representing public libraries.
Mr. Zucker has considerable experience defending employers against employment discrimination and harassment suits, wage and hour claims, including class action litigation, whistleblower claims, prosecuting and defending restrictive covenant litigation, and litigating commercial disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the NJ Division on Civil Rights, the EEOC, and the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. Mr. Zucker has extensive arbitration experience and represents unionized employers in collective bargaining and contract administration, and in matters before the National Labor Relations Board and the NJ Public Employment Relations Commission.
Mr. Zucker also conducts internal workplace investigations, is a dynamic presenter of management and employee training programs, conducts individualized one-on-one workplace harassment and sensitivity workshops, and performs immigration compliance audits. Mr. Zucker counsels clients on issues involving family and medical leave, disability and reasonable accommodation, workplace harassment, wage and hour compliance, discipline and discharge issues, and regularly drafts employee handbooks and policies.
In addition, Mr. Zucker represents both companies and executives in negotiating and drafting executive employment agreements, including compensation, non-disclosure and non-solicitation provisions and exit packages. Mr. Zucker lectures frequently on employment law topics for groups throughout New Jersey, and taught as an adjunct professor at a local university.
Before attending law school, Mr. Zucker worked as the Administrative Director of Employee Relations for a northern New Jersey hospital and as Director of Labor Relations for a New York City building maintenance firm.