National Employment Lawyers Association Referral Service (NELARS): The NELA/NY referral service was established as a public service so individuals with a need will have the ability to find knowledgeable lawyers in the area of employment law.  NELARS is the only lawyer referral service in the state dedicated exclusively to helping people find attorneys who are experienced in employee rights.

  • Are you having a problem at work? 
  • Do you think you are not being treated fairly at work? 
  • Do you have questions about your rights as an employee? 
  • Do you want to Know Your Rights in the Workplace?

We can help you find a lawyer who can listen to you, give you advice, and, if needed, who will represent you as your legal advocate/lawyer. 


How Can I Find an Experienced Attorney? Call (212) 819-9450/or Email:


How much does a consultation cost?
Our attorneys charge $35 for the first half hour of the initial consultation.  If your consultation is limited to one half hour, you pay only $35. If your consultation goes longer than half an hour, then you and the attorney will first have to agree on the amount to be charged before you will be asked to pay more than $35.

A single consultation can help you evaluate your situation and give you important information that will help you decide the most appropriate course of action.


Once referred, you can speak with an experienced employment law attorney about

  • Age Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • Gender Based Pay Discrimination
  • Parental Leave Discrimination
  • Employment Contract Issues
  • Contract Negotiation Matters
  • Noncompete Issues
  • Severance Agreements
  • Overtime Or Minimum Wage Issues
  • Arbitration Or Mediation Matters
  • Lawsuits About Employment Matters
  • Pension/Retirement Matters

or any other work related problem.  Speak with a lawyer before you do something that may get you in trouble.  Though your experience at work may be trying, frustrating or even frightening, speaking with a trained lawyer may help you achieve a resolution you never thought possible.


 When you phone or email us we request that you clearly and slowly:

1.State your name;

2.Say your phone number twice to make sure we get it;

3.Let us know what times are best for us to call you back; and

4.Do not tell us about your reason for calling when you leave a message.

Someone will call you back as soon as we can.  While we try, calls are usually not returned immediately.  Most calls are returned between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  If requested, calls can be returned outside of regular hours. 

Supervising Attorney: Special Hagen
Administrator: Milly Thomas

39 Broadway
Suite 2420
New York, NY 10006
(212) 819-9450

***With thousands of people calling each year in search of an employment lawyer we welcome attorneys to apply for referral panel membership.  For an application, please email



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