Joshua A. Stein is a Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Department and co-head of the Accessibility & Accommodations Group, resident in the New York office. Josh’s practice focuses on advising businesses on compliance with all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the “Rehabilitation Act”), as well as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This includes representing clients in the sports and entertainment, retail, cruise line, hospitality and lodging, financial, publishing, music, media, and health care industries.
Josh represents clients facing charges at the NYCCHR, NYSDHR and EEOC, investigations commenced by government regulators such as the U.S. Department of Justice and offices of State Attorney Generals, and lawsuits brought in court alleging violations of all aspects of the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, the FMLA, and/or equivalent state and local laws. He also represents clients at industry group meetings and participates in the federal government’s regulatory process relating to the development of new accessibility and leave laws.
The counseling component of Josh’s practice involves conducting both on-site and plan-based review of brick and mortar facilities for compliance with the ADA and equivalent state/local laws and codes. He also conducts review and analysis of accessible seating pricing and dispersal for places of public assembly, such as stadiums, arenas, and theaters. As part of his work regarding accessible technology, he handles multi-faceted audits determining the accessibility of client websites. Josh regularly interfaces with client contractors and vendors regarding compliance issues, develops and drafts accessibility policies and contract language, and conducts training on accessibility and leave laws and best practices.
Josh has written about, spoken on, and conducted training on issues pertaining to the ADA, FMLA, Rehabilitation Act, disability discrimination, the accommodation process, and access to public accommodations.
In addition to his accessibility work, Josh also has a general employment counseling practice, providing advice to clients on hiring, discipline, and separation/termination issues. He handles a wide range of employment litigation matters in state and federal court, including claims alleging age, race, sex, and national origin discrimination and harassment. Furthermore, Josh has experience handling state and federal litigations involving breach of contract and related business torts.