Overview

Ethan D. Balsam advises and represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has defended clients in a range of employment-related litigation, arbitration, and administrative agency proceedings, including claims involving:

  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Constitutional due process
  • Traditional labor matters
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act

Additionally, Ethan counsels employers in various aspects of labor and employment law, including:

  • Termination decisions
  • Employee discipline
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour matters
  • Compliance with federal, state and local laws

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Ethan represented education institutions, municipalities and health systems before federal and New York state courts, and various administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York State Public Employment Relations Board and the New York State Education Department. He also negotiated collective bargaining agreements.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

New York Bar Association

Member

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

Recognition

Named, Rising Star in Employment & Labor

Washington, DC

Super Lawyers

2015

Publications & Press

New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act Imposing Additional Requirements on Employers

The Nassau Lawyer

Vol. 60, No. 8

April 2011

Gifts for Departing Teachers Must be of 'Nominal Value

On Board Online

New York State School Boards Association

2008

Speaking Engagements

Why Can’t I Just Ask? When Asking for Information May Be Worse Than Not Knowing

2015 Mid-Atlantic Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Washington D.C.

June 25, 2015

Don’t Get Burned – Block Your Exposure to Wage and Hour Violations

2014 Summer Summit - Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC

December 5, 2014

From the Interview to the Promotion – Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls That Lead to Liability

2014 Tri-State Camp Conference, American Camp Association, Atlantic City, NJ

March 18, 2014

The Wage & Hour Landscape for Non-Profit Camps and Conference Centers

2012 Super Sectional Fireside Gathering, New England & New York Region - Christian Camp and Conference Association

March 26, 2012

A Labor Law Primer (Wage & Hour Laws Affecting Camps)

New York State Camp Directors Association

February 3, 2011

Education

  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 2006
  • B.S., Cornell University, 2002

Bar Admission

District of Columbia
New York

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland