• Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2007
  • Hunter College B.A. magna cum laude

Court Experiences

  • Over 17 years of litigation experience protecting the rights of employees from wage theft and employment discrimination and workplace harassment. Licensed and admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
  • Some representative matters include: over $5 million judgment obtained at trial for a group of restaurant workers to recover unpaid gratuities; Class-wide settlement for $1.2 million on behalf of construction workers; confidential six-figure settlement for an employee terminated while on medical leave; Class-wide settlement for $435,000.00 for a class of landscapers.

Caitlin Duffy joined Joseph & Norinsberg in 2023 as its Senior Litigation Counsel concentrating on employment discrimination and wage and hour cases.

Caitlin has litigated cases on behalf of individual employees discriminated against because of their race, age, religion, national origin, physical and mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Caitlin has also litigated class and collective actions on behalf of hundreds of employees, some of whom worked in restaurants, retail, and construction.

Some of Caitlin’s previous clients include: older employers who were denied promotions in favor of younger employees; pregnant women terminated months before their babies were due; employees subjected to a hostile work environment because of their national origin; women sexually harassed by their supervisors and colleagues; transgender and gender non-conforming employees harassed because of their gender expression and subsequently fired; employees living with a chronic illness who were terminated as soon as an accommodation for their disability was needed; tipped employees whose tips were misappropriated by their employers; assistant managers who were misclassified as exempt by their employers in order to avoid paying them overtime; landscapers who were paid a day rate for their labor and denied overtime pay; and construction workers who were not paid overtime for all of the hours that they worked, both on and “off the clock”.

Prior to joining the firm, Caitlin worked for plaintiffs’ rights firms focusing on class and collective, wage and hour, and discrimination matters. Caitlin is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey, the federal district courts for the District of Massachusetts; the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York; and the District of New Jersey, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Caitlin received a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2007 and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Hunter College in 2004, magna cum laude.

Case Results

Over $5 Million

NYLL Tip Misappropriation

In a very litigous lawsuit, Attorney Duffy was on a team that proved summary judgment that the employer defendant had misappropriated tips from its employees. After one defendant settled for approximately, $900k, a bench trial was held on damages against the second defendant, after which the court awarded the employees in-full, their unpaid tips, liquidated damages, interest, statutory penalties, and attorneys’ fees.


FLSA / NYYL unpaid overtime

After getting the defendant to agree to mediation, Attorney Duffy settled for a class of construction workers who were not paid their overtime properly.


FLSA / NYLL unpaid overtime

Through contentious litigation, Attorney Duffy obtained a class-wide settlement for landscapers who were paid straight time for all hours worked, and therefore were not paid their overtime properly.


Disability Discrimination / Paid Medical Leave Retaliation

Through persistence, our law firm obtained a settlement for our client who was terminated while out on leave due to a serious health condition.


Unpaid wages and pregnancy discrimination

After filing a complaint for two employees whose employer failed to pay them overtime and then terminated them for discriminatory and retaliatory reasons, we pushed the defendant to mediation and successfully obtained a settlement for their unpaid wages and emotional distress damages.

We Are Here for You

You deserve a safe, hospitable workplace, regardless of your race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, body size, and other characteristics. And you deserve a fair wage for the work you do. We’re here to protect your rights and hold your employer accountable for discriminating against you, allowing you to endure sexual harassment, or cheating you out of your rightful wages. 

If you suspect your employer has violated your rights, call us immediately. We have a proven track record of going up against large employers. We know what it takes to protect your livelihood and make your employer pay for violating your rights. Don’t let your employer get away with it for another day.


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