Michael Ranis – Attorney Profile

Michael Ranis specializes in labor and employment discrimination law, and litigating in those areas for more than twenty-five years.  For over twenty-one years, he was a Trial Attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at its New York City office.  In that role, he developed and prosecuted employment discrimination cases by the EEOC against private employers involving race, age, sex, religion, national origin, and disability discrimination. He also served as trial counsel or was part of a team of attorneys in class actions against large private employers.

Michael is a graduate of Harvard Law School: J.D., 1988, cum laude; and Yale College, B.A. 1982, magna cum laude, Major in History, Minor in Economics.

Michael also worked for more than five years in the early 1990’s as an Associate with the New York City employment law discrimination firm of Vladek, Raskin & Clark P.C., exclusively representing plaintiffs in discrimination, defamation, contract, severance, ERISA, and labor law actions and disputes, including trial in Ezold v. Wolf Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, the first law partner promotion case brought to trial in the United States on behalf of a female associate alleging sex discrimination, Strauss v. Microsoft, Inc. (Sex), and Zeevi v. UBS (libel).  Before his Vladeck work, he was previously employed in the Labor Department of the New York law firm of Kelly Drye & Warren.

Sample cases include:

EEOC v. Bloomberg, LLC (pregnancy class); EEOC v. Fox News Network (sex harassment group); EE-

OC v. Morgan Stanley (sex class); EEOC v. Footlocker d/b/a/Woolworth (age class); EEOC v. Texas

Roadhouse (age class); EEOC v.Grand Central Partnership (religion & retaliation); EEOC v. Marjam

Supply Co. (race); EEOC v. J.B. Hunt Co. (disability class); EEOC v. FAPS, Inc. (race class); EEOC v. LaBranche Co. (Disability); EEOC v. Day & Zimmerman (race); EEOC v. Benihana, Inc. (sex harassment); EEOC v. C&S Wholesalers, Inc. (age class); EEOC v. UPS (ind’l religion); and EEOC v. MOMA (ind’l disability).

In addition to employment discrimination matters against private employers, Michael concentrates on employment actions on behalf of federal sector employees, disability insurance litigation, Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), ERISA, defamation, and personal injury.

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