Vik C. Jaitly represents employers in disputes in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals with respect to a variety of employment and labor related issues, including: compliance with federal and state employment statutes; non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements; discrimination and harassment matters; and wage and hour compliance issues.
Vik also assists clients with employment hiring, compensation and termination practices, proposed employee discipline and dismissal, internal employee complaints and investigations, executive employment, non-competition and severance agreements, reductions in force, union collective bargaining, affirmative action, drug testing, workplace violence, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and many other issues.
Vik is a frequent contributor to the firm's LaborSphere blog, which provides coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of employee benefits and labor issues.
Prior to joining the Labor & Employment Group, Vik worked with the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group assisting with prosecuting and defending cost recovery claims, construction defect claims, environmental insurance coverage claims, as well as contribution and indemnification under Superfund and related federal and state statutes.
In his pro bono practice, Vik represents incarcerated individuals asserting constitutional rights violations.
While in law school, Vik served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Philip S. Carchman, Presiding Judge, Appellate Division, of the Superior Court of New Jersey, as well as a judicial extern for the Hon. Joseph E. Irenas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Vik has litigated in state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a wide array of employment-related lawsuits, including class action and individual lawsuits alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the False Claims Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws governing employee rights. Some representative matters include:
- Defended a staffing agency against a disability discrimination claim in federal court.
- Defended a retail company against an age discrimination claim in federal court.
- Represented a hospital system in multiple employment-related administrative proceedings.
- Counseled an educational institution on reasonable accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Vik frequently litigates matters related to employee restrictive covenant agreements and trade secrets, with an emphasis on pursuing emergency injunctive relief to address unfair competition, misappropriation of employer trade secrets or confidential information, and breaches of restrictive covenants. Vik also drafts restrictive covenant agreements and counsels employers as to their common law and contractual rights and obligations.
Dean’s List, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden
Certificate of Merit for Legal Analysis, Research & Writing, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden
Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, J.D., 2013, Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion
- Rutgers University - New Brunswick, B.A., 2008
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association—New Jersey, Vice President of Membership (2015-2016)
- Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association—New Jersey, Treasurer (2014-2015)
- South Asian Bar Association—New Jersey, Secretary (2015)
- National Employment Law Council