Elitsa V. Yotkova is an attorney in the Labor & Employment Department. Elitsa provides compliance counseling, as well as litigation services to employer clients, including defense of class and collective actions. Her practice covers the areas of wage and hour issues, discrimination and harassment, Title VII, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, WARN, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. She frequently litigates equal employment opportunity (EEO) cases, as well as wage and hour suits involving minimum wage, overtime, tip credit, off the clock work, and New York spread of hours claims. Elitsa counsels clients in the formation and dissolution of employment relationships, including negotiation and preparation of employment agreements, separation agreements, non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements. She works closely with her clients to find practical and innovative solutions to issues arising in the workplace, and to curb or avoid litigation and exposure. Elitsa represents public and private employers, including restaurants, hotels, architecture firms, engineering and construction firms, media production and creative ad design companies, financial institutions and non-profit community organizations.
Elitsa is a regular contributor to the firm’s labor & employment law blog, BeLabor the Point.
- Defense of employers in a variety of employment-related lawsuits, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, reasonable accommodation and other claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, and other federal, state and local employment-related laws and regulations.
- Representation of clients in collective and class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and related state laws and regulations.
- Effective early resolution of claims involving employer's alleged failure to pay wages and commissions to employees company-wide, and avoidance of large potential class action.
- Drafting, review and implementation of workplace policies and employee handbooks, including policies on social media, a rapidly developing area of law in the eyes of the National Labor Relations Board.
- Conducting employee and management training on issues of equal employment opportunity (EEO), non-discrimination principles, preventing workplace harassment, and litigation avoidance.
Professional & Community Involvement
- Hofstra Law Alumni Committee/Mentor, Member, 2013-present
- Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Alumni Advisor, 2011-2013
- YearUp, non-profit organization for the empowerment of urban young adults, Mentor, 2012
- Symposium Editor, Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal
Publications & Presentations
“You’re Too Experienced” – Age Discrimination?
BeLabor The Point Blog|May 2018
From a 1990 Wheelchair to the 2018 Website: The ADA & Technology-Related Accommodations
Stearns Weaver Miller's 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|April 2018
It’s Payday! Are Pay Stubs an Employer’s Friend or Foe?
BeLabor The Point Blog|June 2017
The Multigenerational Workplace: Boomers, X’ers and Millennials-Who is Managing Whom?
Stearns Weaver Miller's 27th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2017
Florida Advanced Skills for Wage and Hour Compliance
2016 FLSA Master Class|October 2016
Full Steam Ahead: Keeping up with Title VII
Stearns Weaver Miller's 26th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2016
When You Really Have to Go, Do You Ever Think About It?
BeLabor the Point Blog |April 2016
Background Check Forms: One-Liners That Can Cost Your Business Millions in 2016
BeLabor the Point Blog |January 2016
Stearns Weaver Miller Presents 26th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar
Stearns Weaver Miller Presents 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar