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 Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee.
Hayley’s litigation practice focuses on representing employers in discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases, general contract and business disputes, and wage and hour cases 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, family and medical leave laws, and reasonable accommodation requirements. She 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 educational institutions, including high schools, colleges, universities, and other not-for-profit organizations, Hayley advises on a wide array of legal matters. This includes all facets of 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 and religious accommodations, campus safety and security, governance and board issues, institutional financial distress, litigation avoidance, risk management, and crisis management. Hayley also represents institutions in investigations involving the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and in Article 78 proceedings. Hayley works with institutions to ensure compliance with Title IX 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.