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Lindsey H. Hazelton

Lindsey H. Hazelton

Partner

P: (315) 565-4500 (ext. 4527)
F: (315) 565-4600
lhazelton@hancocklaw.com

Lindsey H. Hazelton is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice and a member of the Affordable Care Act Initiative Team. She is also a member of the Firm's Hiring Committee. Ms. Hazelton represents both private and public-sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. She regularly counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including discrimination and harassment, wage and overtime matters, hiring and termination strategies, employee discipline and leaves of absence, and defends employment litigation claims before state and federal agencies and in the courts.

Ms. Hazelton’s practice also focuses on the representation of management, municipalities and school districts in labor matters, such as collective bargaining, contract management, grievance administration, labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice proceedings.

Ms. Hazelton is a frequent lecturer and also provides in-house training sessions to clients on various labor and employment topics, including but not limited to:

  • The Affordable Care Act
  • Avoiding anti-harassment claims
  • Discipline and documentation
  • Handling requests for leaves and accommodations
  • Social media best practices in the workplace
  • Successfully defended various employers and obtained “No Probable Cause” findings and summary judgment in numerous employment discrimination and retaliation claims filed before administrative agencies and federal district courts.
  • Obtained a jury verdict following a two week trial in favor of a public employer and four individually named defendants in a First Amendment retaliation suit brought by a former employee. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2011).
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of an employer and an alleged joint employer on sexual harassment and retaliation claims brought against the company president. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2006).
  • Assisted employers in responding to investigative audits initiated by various state and federal agencies, including the United States and New York State Department of Labor.

United States Court of Appeals

  • Smith et. al. v. New Venture Gear, Inc. and DaimlerChrysler Corp., 320 Fed. Appx. 33, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 5991; 319 Fed. Appx. 52, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 4950 (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2009) (Affirming summary judgment granted in favor of employer in multiple plaintiff alleged race and sex discrimination/harassment/retaliation cases.)
  • Carter v. New Venture Gear, Inc. and DaimlerChrysler Corp., 310 Fed. Appx. 454, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 3237 (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2009) (Affirming summary judgment granted in favor of employer in alleged race and sex discrimination/harassment case.)

United States District Court

  • Mousaw v. County of St. Lawrence, 2010 WL 3081424 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2010) (Granting county’s motion to dismiss all federal claims brought by former employee alleging various First Amendment and other constitutional violations.)
  • Ferguson v. New Venture Gear, Inc. et al., 2009 WL 2823892 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2009) (Granting summary judgment in favor of employer in alleged race discrimination/retaliation suit brought by two former employees.)
  • Lee v. City of Syracuse et al., 603 F.Supp.2d 417 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2009) (Granting summary judgment in favor of individual defendant in alleged sexual harassment suit.)
  • Smith v. New Venture Gear, Inc. and DaimlerChrysler Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4468, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72945 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2008) (Granting summary judgment in favor of employer in multiple plaintiff alleged race and sex discrimination/harassment/retaliation cases.)
  • Carter v. New Venture Gear, Inc. and DaimlerChrysler Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71695 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2007) (Granting summary judgment in favor of employer in alleged race and sex discrimination/harassment case.)
  • Recipient, 2010 Jerredith Wilson Volunteer Recognition Award, 2010
  • Recipient, Syracuse 40 Under 40 Award, 2009
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, EEO Committee
  • Member, Enable, Community Relations & Development Committee
  • Alumni Admissions Ambassador, Cornell University
  • Trustee, Crouse Health Foundation
  • Member, Junior League of Syracuse
  • Member, Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs
  • Member, University Risk Management Insurance Association (URMIA)
  • Past Member, Cornell Alumni Association of Central New York, Board of Directors
  • Past Member, Enable, Board of Directors 
  • Hancock Estabrook's 8th Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium, "New EEOC Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII" (October 2012)
  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1997
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1994
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals (Second Circuit)
  • United States District Court (NDNY)
  • United States District Court (WDNY)