Margaret O’Rourke Wood, a member of the Labor & Employment Group, practices in the areas of employment and commercial litigation in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. She also represents clients in matters before various administrative agencies, including the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the New York Division of Human Rights.
Peggy defends discrimination, harassment and whistleblower claims, wrongful discharge, tort and contract claims, and also has extensive experience in litigating restrictive covenant and trade secret matters. Her litigation of complex commercial matters involves breach of contract claims and partnership disputes.
In addition to her litigation practice, Peggy regularly counsels clients on employment law issues, such as Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), wage and hour requirements and separation agreements. In conjunction with her counseling, she develops and drafts employee handbooks to fit her clients’ business needs. She also investigates complaints of harassment and discrimination, and advises clients on conducting such investigations.
Peggy is a cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and a cum laude graduate of Iona College. She served as law clerk to the Honorable Seymour Margulies of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County, Law Division.
Peggy's litigation of complex commercial matters involves breach of contract claims and partnership disputes. Some of her representative matters in this area include:
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Invalidates NLRB Notice Posting Rule (May 9, 2013)
Irvington Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Dinner (February 18, 2009)
New York State Issues Final Guidance on Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies & Training (October 2018)
New York State Publishes Draft Guidance on Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Policies (September 2018)
NYC Employers Must Display Anti-Sexual Harassment Poster and Distribute Information Sheet as of September 6, 2018 (August 2018)
New York State and City Strengthen Anti-Harassment Laws: A Timeline for Employer Compliance (May 2018)
NYC Freelance Isn't Free Act - Requirements for Doing Business with Contractors (May 2017)
ACA Update: Health Care Reporting Deadline Extended by IRS (January 2016)
Jersey City Enacts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance; Other Proposed Sick Leave Legislation Affecting New Jersey Employers (January 6, 2014)
New Gender Equity Notice Posting Requirements for Larger New Jersey Employers (January 2, 2014)
EEOC Recognizes Transgendered Status as Basis for Title VII Claim (May 9, 2012)
Federal Courts Diverge on NLRB's Statutory Authority To Require Employers To Post NLRA Rights Notice: So Where Do Employers Go From Here? (April 19, 2012)