An Employment Lawyer For The People

Zachary J. Liszka, Esq.
Helping New Yorkers obtain justice in the workplace since 2014

Zachary Liszka NYC Employment Lawyer

Services Offered

If you have been subjected to workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or wage theft Zach can help you. The services Zach offers include:

  • Legal advice about your rights and options
  • Private negotiation and demand letters
  • Litigation in New York State and Federal Courts

Flat-rate, hourly rate, and contingency fee options are available.

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Employment Discrimination Survivor Turned Advocate

Zachary J. Liszka, Esq. established his law practice after winning his own case of employment discrimination. He has been litigating claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and unpaid wages in New York federal and state courts since 2014.

As a white-passing Alaska Native (Unangax̂) enrolled with the federally recognized Ninilchik Village Tribe, and as a person with a disability (hemiparesis), he brings a unique perspective and passion to his practice of employment law.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with Leadership Honors from the University of Alaska and a Juris Doctorate with a Concentration in Litigation from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Prior to private practice, he worked for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the New York Legal Assistance Group, and the Government Accountability Project in Washington, D.C.

He is highly involved in the employee-side legal community in New York City. He served as the Vice-President of the New York Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and as an editor of its New York Employee Advocate. He serves annually as a mock juror for the American Bar Association's Employment Law mock trial program. He is also a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association and the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

What His Clients Say

"Zach was a very calming and level headed partner to me in working through a complicated issue. He answered all my questions, never made me feel dumb for not knowing something, and was clear in his recommendations and advice. While I hope to never need to engage his services again, I not only would in a heart beat but I will also recommend Zach to anyone who needs help navigating an employment issue. 10 out of 10 would recommend." -- Kara S.
"As a licensed attorney myself, I knew I needed a professional experienced in employment discrimination to handle my case. Zach was there to hold my hand through the entire process and was able to help me achieve my goals." -- Scott S.
"Extremely excellent representation, I can't recommend Zach enough. Zach was very kind and professional. As clients, we felt taken care of, advocated for, and confident in him as well as his work. His clear, honest communication style and thoughtful explanations of our questions were enormously helpful in navigating the process. I was lucky to be represented by Zach and am confident that anyone who chooses to be represented by him will feel the same." --Charee M.
"Thank you, Zach! Your years of perseverance in my case was amazing! I cannot recommend you enough to anyone in need of a true fighter for social justice who never gives up! You are the hero NYC needs. Thank you!!!" -- Michael B.

Representative Cases

Zach regularly litigates cases brought under the New York City Human Rights Law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the New York Labor Law, and the New York City Freelance Isn't Free Act. Some representative cases include,

Montalvo v. Flywheel Sports, Inc.

Zach filed this federal class action against a national indoor cycling chain on behalf of more than 600 class instructors. The case centered around allegations that the chain required the instructors to work hours designing each class to be unique, but only paid them for the time actually teaching the class, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and the New York Labor Law. The action resulted in payment of overtime wages to all eligble class members across the country. View the docket here.

Silk v. HC2 Legal, Inc., d/b/a Hire Counsel, et al.

Zach filed this action in federal court against a national law firm and major legal staffing agency, alleging the firms failed to accommodate a document review attorney with a disability by permitting him to review documents remotely, but later permitted remote work for all document review attorneys, including those without disabilities, during the COVID-19 pandemic. View the docket here.

Ahamed v. 563 Manhattan Inc., d/b/a Cotter Barber, et al.

Zach filed this action in federal court against the owner of local chain of coffeeshops doing business as Cotter Barber in Brooklyn, New York. The lawsuit alleged that the owner repeatedly molested a barista and called him “f*g” and “be gay, but less gay” in group text messages to the barista and a manager. View the docket here.

Benzinger v. NYSARC, Inc., New York City Chapter, et al.

Zach filed first-of-its-kind claims of “hostile treatment” in a place of public accommodation operated by the largest real estate management company in the world and a national disabilty rights non-profit. The lawsuit accused a janitor of repeatedly uttering racial slurs at an Asian-American customer on two occasions. The customer complained repeatedly about the incidents, but was not taken seriously, requiring the Asian and Asian-supporting community to shame the companies on social media until they publically apologized. View the docket here.

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