Cyrus E. Dugger is the principal of The Dugger Law Firm, PLLC. He has represented employees in employment discrimination and wage and hour litigation against numerous employers, including class and collective action lawsuits against major U.S. corporations and governmental entities (Goldman Sachs & Co., The Kirby Company, Save-A-Lot, The New York City Department of Education, and the Connecticut Department of Correction).
In 2014, Mr. Dugger filed the first class or collective action lawsuit to challenge a NYC modeling agency's classification of its models as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law (Agerbrink v. Model Service LLC d/b/a MSA Models et al., No. 14 Civ. 7841).
In addition, Mr. Dugger has represented many employees in successful pre-litigation resolutions of employment discrimination and retaliation claims.
Prior to establishing The Dugger Law Firm, PLLC, Mr. Dugger was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Victoria A. Roberts in the Eastern District of Michigan, an Associate with Outten & Golden, LLP, a Staff Attorney with the South Brooklyn Legal Services Foreclosure Prevention Project, and the first Senior Fellow in Civil Justice for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.
Mr. Dugger received his B.A. in political science from Brown University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow and a recipient of the Black Latino Asian Pacific American Law Association (“BLAPA”) Public Service Graduation Prize. He is also Co-Chair of NELA/NY's Committee on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (“DEI”).
Mr. Dugger is admitted to practice in New York State, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.