Hayley B. Dryer is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation department and a member of the firm’s Higher Education practice group. Hayley is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee.
Hayley’s litigation practice focuses on representing employers and management in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour claims before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and in alternative dispute resolution forums. Hayley provides advice for ensuring compliance with federal, state and local human rights laws (including issues of racial, sexual, and religious discrimination and harassment), family and medical leave laws, and reasonable accommodation requirements. In addition to counseling clients on employment law, Hayley also represents corporate and institutional clients in cases involving general contract disputes and business litigation. Hayley also serves as an impartial investigator and regularly drafts and reviews employment-related policies, handbooks, noncompetition agreements and severance agreements.
As to Hayley’s representation of high schools, colleges and universities, Hayley has significant experience counseling institutions and other not-for-profit organizations on a wide array of legal matters. This includes all facets of faculty, student and employee relations, tenure, termination and promotion, academic and student affairs, residence life, internal grievance and disciplinary procedures, policy creation and implementation, workplace investigations, disability accommodations, campus safety and security, governance and board issues, institutional financial distress, litigation avoidance, risk management and crisis management. In addition to litigating on behalf of and advising institutions on the issues discussed above, Hayley also represents institutions in investigations involving the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and in Article 78 proceedings. Hayley also works with educational institutions to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and Article 129-B of the New York State Education Law.
Hayley routinely prepares and presents continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and training programs on workplace investigations, civil rights defense, employment claims, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and Title IX compliance.