Megan Goddard is an employment discrimination lawyer devoted to protecting equality in the workplace. She represents victims of all types of discrimination, including race, gender, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation and national origin, as well as victims of sexual harassment and discrimination-based retaliation. Megan also represents whistleblowers. Her clients face discrimination in various workplaces, including hospitals, law firms, factories, grocery stores, schools, transportation companies, insurance companies, retail stores, restaurants and child care centers, among others.
Megan’s unwavering commitment to advocating for equal opportunities in the workplace extends beyond her legal practice. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA-NY) and is a member of NELA-NY’s Gender Discrimination Committee.
Megan is a longtime volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She also volunteers with the I-Mentor organization, Operation Santa Claus and the Cure Huntington’s Disease Initiative Foundation.
Elizabeth Budnitz has over ten years of experience in the public sector, working for justice both in the United States and abroad. After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a member of the Brooklyn Law Review, she clerked for The Honorable Joan M. Azrack in the Eastern District of New York. She held a one-year legal fellowship at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law working on felony disenfranchisement.
After five years working in international criminal law for the United Nations in Tanzania, The Hague and Cambodia, Ms. Budnitz spent two years as a public defender doing criminal appeals. She is thrilled to join The Law Offices of Megan S. Goddard, where she can fight for the rights of all workers who have experienced discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
B.A. University of Michigan
J.D Brooklyn Law
Monica Welby joined Goddard Law PLLC in September 2019. She represents individuals who face discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. Prior to joining the firm, Monica was the Deputy Director of Litigation at the Legal Action Center, a non-profit based in New York City, where she represented and advised clients on discrimination and privacy matters relating to criminal records, substance use disorders, and HIV/AIDS. She spearheaded the non-profit’s development of impact litigation to expand the rights of people who experienced discrimination based on their criminal records, especially in the employment context.
Monica has litigated cases against employers for discriminating against individuals with criminal records, as well as cases against commercial background check companies and employers for violating laws requiring fair and accurate criminal background screening. She, along with co-counsel, filed suit against major real estate employer entities for background screening violations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act in Jones v. Halstead Management Co. et al., which resulted in a class action settlement for approximately $1 million. She coordinated an amici brief submission to New York’s highest court in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc. et al., where the Court ruled on the breadth of aiding and abetting liability under NYS Human Rights Law when corporate non-employer entities impose discriminatory criteria on direct employers. Additionally, she was a member of the legal team that litigated Beckett v. Aetna, Inc. et al. – a class action lawsuit resulting in a $17.1 million settlement of claims that Aetna violated over 13,000 members’ HIV privacy rights.
Monica commenced her legal career as an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she worked for several years representing companies in a variety of complex litigation matters. She also was a law clerk to the Honorable Barry T. Albin of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She received her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark, and her A.B. from Duke University.
She is a member of National Employment Lawyers Association/New York and sits on its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is also member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and was recently recognized by the HNBA as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.