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Anthony S. Califano

Associate

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4925
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Anthony Califano is an associate in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Mr. Califano devotes his practice to the representation of management in a range of employment-related matters, including litigation of single and multi-plaintiff claims and employment counseling.

Mr. Califano's litigation experience includes the representation of employers in federal and state courts regarding claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under federal and state employment laws.  He also defends employers in litigation involving federal and state wage and hour laws, including class and collective actions.  Mr. Califano has significant experience defending employment-related claims before federal and state administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, labor departments, and unemployment departments.  He also represents management in labor arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Califano also provides counseling and advice regularly to employers regarding a variety of employment-related legal issues that arise in the workplace, including compliance with federal and state employment laws, personnel policies and employee handbooks, workplace investigations, disability accommodations, terminations, and other risk management issues.

Mr. Califano has represented clients in employment-related matters in a variety of industries, including retail, entertainment, healthcare, financial and business services, restaurant, high-tech, life science, and staffing.

Anthony Califano is an associate in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Mr. Califano devotes his practice to the representation of management in a range of employment-related matters, including litigation of single and multi-plaintiff claims and employment counseling.

Mr. Califano's litigation experience includes the representation of employers in federal and state courts regarding claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under federal and state employment laws.  He also defends employers in litigation involving federal and state wage and hour laws, including class and collective actions.  Mr. Califano has significant experience defending employment-related claims before federal and state administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, labor departments, and unemployment departments.  He also represents management in labor arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Califano also provides counseling and advice regularly to employers regarding a variety of employment-related legal issues that arise in the workplace, including compliance with federal and state employment laws, personnel policies and employee handbooks, workplace investigations, disability accommodations, terminations, and other risk management issues.

Mr. Califano has represented clients in employment-related matters in a variety of industries, including retail, entertainment, healthcare, financial and business services, restaurant, high-tech, life science, and staffing.

Education

  • J.D., New England School of Law (2004)
  • B.A., Saint Anselm College (2001)
    cum laude

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

 

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Monk, et al. v. Elite Limousine Service, Inc., Docket No. 13-01880-SRU (D. Conn.) (defense of overtime pay claims brought on behalf of chauffeurs under the FLSA and Connecticut law).
  • Garcia, et al. v. E.J. Amusements of N.H., Inc. d/b/a Fiesta Shows, Docket No. 13-12536-PBS (D. Mass.) (defense of overtime and failure to reimburse expense claims brought on behalf of ride operators in traveling carnival under Massachusetts and New Hampshire law).
  • Hynes v. Booma Oil, Inc., Docket No. 12-10856-DPW (D. Mass.) (defense of independent contractor misclassification claim brought by oil burner technician under FLSA and Massachusetts law).
  • Jackson v. Marriott Hotel Services, Inc., et al. Massachusetts Superior Court, Middlesex County Civil Action No. 2011-04155H (summary judgment in favor of employer in action asserting race discrimination)
  • Erraihani, et al. v. Executive Transportation Services, Inc., et al. Massachusetts Superior Court, Norfolk County Civil Action No. 2013-01003 (defense of proposed class action under the Massachusetts Wage Act and Tip Statute, challenging the payment practices regarding drivers)
  • Benjamin, et al. v. Jolo, Inc., et al., U.S.D.C. for Massachusetts, Docket No. 2012-cv-40071 (defense of class action challenging the classification of dancers as independent contractors and payment practices under the Massachusetts wage and hour laws)
  • Rockefeller v. TJ Maxx, et al., Civil ActionNo. 2012-2174-A (Worcester Superior Court, MA) (Secured dismissal of common law causes of action including breach of employment contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, promissory estoppel, fraud, intentional interference with advantageous business relations, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy)
  • Brookins v. Staples Contract & Commercial, Inc., U.S.D.C. for Massachusetts, Docket No. 11-11067 (summary judgment in favor of employer in action asserting FMLA and disability discrimination claims)
  • Ruiz, et al. v. Mardi Gras Entertainment, Inc., et al., Massachusetts Superior Court, Hampden County, Docket No. 10-00034 (Hampden Superior Ct. MA) (defense of multiple entities in complex wage and hour class action challenging the classification of exotic dancers as independent contractors and payment practices to bartenders and disc jockeys and payment practices to bartenders)
  • MCAD v. LivHome, et al. (MCAD Initiated Complaint) (defense of home care company and individually named employees in pattern or practice gender discrimination case brought by Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination)
  • Fuhrmann v. Staples, Inc., Maine Superior Court, York County Docket No. CV 09-303 (summary judgment in favor of employer in whistleblower retaliation and gender discrimination case)
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor v. Mardi Gras Entertainment, Inc., et al., U.S.D.C. for Massachusetts, Docket No. No. 11-cv-30024 (defense of class lawsuit challenging payment practices to bartenders)
  • Cherrette v. Staples, Inc., New Hampshire Superior Court, Merrimack County, Docket No. 10-cv-777 (defense of whistleblower retaliation case)
  • Walsh, et al. v. The Foxy Lady, et al., Massachusetts Superior Court, Plymouth County, Docket No. Case No. 10-01616 (defense of club in wage and hour class action challenging classification of exotic dancers as independent contractorsand payment practices under the Massachusetts wage and hour laws)
  • Chamberland v. South Shore Hospital, Massachusetts Superior Court, Norfolk County, Docket No. 11-00501 (dismissal of complaint alleging wrongful termination in violation of public policy, defamation, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and fraud/negligent misrepresentation)
  • Joseph v. UHG (Arbitration) (verdict in favor of employer in SOX whistleblower retaliation case)
  • Cetlin v. Costco (MCAD Public Hearing) (verdict in favor of employer in disability discrimination case)
  • Richard Tidd, et al. v. Kelly Services, Inc., et al.,  U.S.D.C. for Massachusetts, Docket No. No. 07-11214 (defense of wage and hour class action brought by temporary delivery/pickup drivers) 
  • Jara, et al. v. The Federalist, Inc., et al., Massachusetts Superior Court, Suffolk County Civil Action No. 2008-1893 (class action alleging violation of the Massachusetts Tip Statute)
  • Benoit, et al. v. The Federalist, Inc.,Massachusetts Superior Court, Suffolk County Civil Action No. 2004-3516 (class action concerning eligibility of certain restaurant employees to participate in service charge distribution under Massachusetts Tip Statute)

Presentations

  • “Independent Contractor v. Employee,” MCLE Program Chair (2013)
  • “Employment Law Update: Discrimination Law,” presented by Northeast Human Resources Association (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • “Breakfast Briefing Presentation regarding Developments in Emotional Distress Law in Massachusetts,” presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2006)
     

Publications