Fighting for Fair Pay

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Lesley Tse



I am the child of Filipino immigrants and was first inspired to do this work after learning about the Farmworker Movement of the 1960s, led by Filipino and Mexican laborers and the United Farm Workers. The right to work with dignity and to earn a fair wage is as fundamental a human right as the right to life and liberty, equality before the law, or freedom of expression. I am proud and grateful to be part of an amazing team that helps empower all kinds of workers to achieve this right.

Ms. Tse joined the firm as an associate in 2011. As an associate with Getman & Sweeney, Ms. Tse represents employees in wage and hour litigation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. She litigates individual, collective action and class action lawsuits and arbitrations. Ms. Tse has represented a wide variety of employees including long-haul truck drivers, customer service representatives, oil inspectors, executive assistants, Information Technology help desk technicians, ambulette drivers, medical assistants, plumbing technicians, and more. She has also assisted with the drafting of amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Before joining the firm, she was the Deputy Director of the Housing Unit at Manhattan Legal Services where she represented indigent tenants in eviction proceedings in New York City Housing Court and in New York state appellate courts. While in law school, Ms. Tse interned with the Farmworker Law Project in New Paltz, NY, where she assisted attorneys in representing migrant farmworkers in litigation regarding minimum wage and overtime violations, and with the Appalachian Citizens Law Center in Prestonsburg, KY, where she assisted attorneys in representing coal miners in litigation regarding black lung disability benefits denials and retaliatory terminations.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, all New York state courts.