Samantha Aimee Cedeño Cassinelli is a paralegal at Phillips & Associates. She works hard to keep the firm’s clients’ cases running smoothly.
In 2016, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. While in college, she studied abroad in Rome. She also completed coursework in Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.
After graduation, she worked as a paralegal for a New York City firm, managing more than 100 active and settled employment law cases. She performed initial intake to determine whether employment rights had been violated. She also executed background and asset searches on defendants and served as a main point of contact and an interpreter for clients. In her role as a paralegal, she prepared complaints for federal courts, as well as discovery demands and subpoenas. She has organized evidence and exhibits for trial, and she has worked with witnesses, scheduling them and making sure that they are prepared. She has also worked as a legal assistant at firms and for the District Attorney’s Office in Guayaquil, Ecuador. There, she assisted attorneys in court and at conferences. She is a native Spanish speaker and is an intermediate Italian speaker.
Ms. Cassinelli takes pride in helping workers fight discrimination on the job. Employment discrimination is actionable if your employer makes an adverse employment decision based on your membership in a protected class. Federal, state, and local laws govern employers in New York City, and each law specifies different protected classes. Federal laws that prohibit discrimination include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, and national origin. Many of the anti-discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).