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 also serves as 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.
In Hayley's representation of educational institutions, including colleges, universities, high schools, and other not-for-profit organizations, she 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, internal grievance and disciplinary procedures, policy creation and implementation, workplace investigations, discrimination and accommodations, campus safety and security, governance, institutional financial distress, litigation avoidance, risk management, and crisis management. In addition to general litigation matters, 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 institutions to ensure compliance with Title IX and Article 129-B of the New York State Education Law.
Over the past year, Hayley has worked closely with employers on many issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, including reopening and COVID-19 safety plans and related policies and procedures.
Hayley routinely prepares and presents continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and training programs on workplace investigations, employment claims, and sexual harassment and discrimination on campus and in the workplace.