Diane Krebs is a partner in the New York office and serves as the Labor & Employment chair of the firm's Retail & Hospitality Practice Group. Ms. Krebs is a seasoned litigator and counselor who brings more than 20 years of experience to her client relationships.
As a member of the Employment practice group, she has extensive experience in civil rights, labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, civil service, equal pay, and wage and hour claims. Ms. Krebs represents companies, large and small, public and private, in labor and employment litigation before federal, state and local courts, agencies, mediators and arbitrators. Her litigation practice involves extensive interactions with clients, in-house counsel and administrative agencies, including counsel for the NYSDHR and the EEOC.
Ms. Krebs also provides comprehensive counseling and advice to corporate owners and human resource personnel on daily issues and personnel decisions that arise in the workplace, including litigation avoidance and/or minimization techniques. In that capacity, Ms. Krebs has prepared and reviewed a multitude of human resource-related documents, including employment applications, FMLA forms, disciplinary notices, performance reviews, termination letters and employee handbooks. She has also helped employers plan reductions-in-force and other cost-cutting measures, set up performance plans, and address emergency workplace situations. Ms. Krebs is highly skilled in conducting and directing investigations and risk assessments, and developing policies and programs based on the results of those investigations and assessments.
Ms. Krebs has authored and collaborated on articles on a variety of labor and employment issues. She is also a frequent lecturer to attorneys, supervisors and human resource professionals, not only in open seminars but also for in-house training, tailored to the employer’s specifications. Ms. Krebs also conducts sensitivity and handbook training in house for all levels of employees, to reinforce the policies of the employer and ensure its discrimination and harassment protocols are publicized and understood – a powerful tool in the defense of harassment lawsuits.
Ms. Krebs has experience in class action defense and has handled a wide variety of commercial litigation. She also has developed a substantial appellate practice in both state and federal court. Furthermore, she brings all her skills and knowledge from these other practice areas to service a wide variety of hospitality clients.
United States District Court for the Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
New York County Lawyer's Association, Labor and Employment Section
Defense Research Institute, Labor & Employment Law Committee – Vice Chair