Dai & Associates strongly encourages its attorneys, legal assistants and summer associates to assist, through pro bono work, individuals and groups unable to afford legal services. Our Firm’s attorneys — both litigators and transactional lawyers — represent individuals and organizations of limited means in matters including:
- Battered Women Issues;
- Children's Issues;
- Employment Discrimination, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination;
- Senior Citizens' Issues;
- Sexual Harassment Cases; and
- Social Security Disability Claims.
Battered Women Issues
Domestic violence used to be viewed as a private matter between two individuals. However, given the prevalence of domestic violence and the effect it has on the lives of everyone involved, it is no longer seen as a private matter, but a public matter that requires government assistance.
Protective orders are used to prevent contact between victims and alleged abusers. These orders can have a serious impact on the freedom of those who are subject to them and can affect the outcome of divorce and child custody proceedings.
We take great pride that our legal skills can benefit and protect individuals and non-profit organizations in our communities that might otherwise not be able to obtain quality representation.
Our attorneys have a long history of providing legal services to needy children and supporting children’s organizations. So when members of the Firm’s pro bono committee began brainstorming ways to energize the Firm’s pro bono efforts, they immediately identified opportunities for our lawyers to serve the overwhelming unmet legal needs of children. Guardianship proceedings, Immigration status, School disciplinary hearings, Medical benefits. Effective legal representation in these and other proceedings can shape a child’s future. And, by focusing our efforts on children’s rights, our attorneys learn from one another’s similar experiences and see the cumulative impact of their pro bono services.
Employment Discrimination, Retaliation & Wrongful Termination
The Firm’s lawyers provide pro bono service in the field of employment discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination law.
Working in a hostile environment can put a strain on anyone's life, especially when the hostility directed toward you comes in retaliation for a moral action or reporting of a breach in company policy. If you are the victim of harassment in retaliation for reporting an employer or fellow employee for breaking company guidelines, you may be able to recover compensation for your lost wages and emotional stresses.
Our attorneys will offer support to clients throughout New York who have become the victim of discrimination or retaliation in the workplace. Our staff works diligently to help you put an end to your workplace mistreatment, or help you get the compensation you deserve if you have been terminated unfairly.
Senior Citizens' Issues
The Federal Government's Older American Act (“OAA”) Title III generally requires that states provide legal assistance to Americans who are 60 and older. However, many older persons have problems outside of a Title III program's stated areas or have incomes above the Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”) poverty guidelines and thus cannot be served by either.
Our Firm’s attorneys can help you with a variety of legal problems concerning housing, consumer fraud, elder abuse, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”), Medicare, Medicaid, age discrimination, pensions, nursing homes, protective services, conservatorship and other matters.
Sexual Harassment Cases
Sexual harassment in the workplace is specifically prohibited by employment law. The courts recognize two kinds of sexual harassment. One is called “quid pro quo”, in which work benefits are contingent on sexual favors. The other, more common but less clear-cut, kind is the “hostile environment”, in which the workplace atmosphere becomes so sexually unpleasant as to make a job unmanageable. This encompasses a broad category that often involves a combination of physical touching, lewd suggestions, comments about physical appearance and pornography or pin-ups that a reasonable person would find offensive.
Many employees who have been subjected to sexual harassment of any type may feel that ignoring or minimizing the wrongdoing is easier than taking action. In our experience, immediate action may be required to protect the employee's rights and to prevent any escalation in behavior that may be perceived as sexual harassment. Our attorneys can help our clients understand the potential benefits and costs of responding to threats, unwelcome sexual advances or retaliation.
Our Firm offers pro bono services to these individuals, providing each with individualized guidance, advocacy and representation. Our clients include employees who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, or a coercive relationship with a superior in the workplace. Whatever the underlying issue is, our attorneys develop powerful strategies that best meet our clients’ needs and goals.