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.
Anthony (Tony) Consiglio is an employment discrimination and civil rights lawyer. He has represented construction workers and restaurant workers seeking fair wages; a nursing mother denied a private room to express breast milk; pregnant women coincidentally “selected” for termination months before their babies were due; adjunct professors who were suddenly non-renewed after decades of service; the only woman in an office full of men, given the worst assignments and denied all the privileges her male workers enjoyed; young women sexually harassed by their supervisors or board members who control the company; female servers “dropped” when their restaurant “upgraded” to a more maître-d’-like “look”; a state court judge removed from the judicial bench when colleagues complained about the effects of her disabilities; and immigrants with long-ago criminal convictions targeted for deportation after they have rehabilitated their lives.
Tony utilizes passionate advocacy and argument, careful legal research, persuasive analytical writing, strategic investigation of documentary evidence, and rigorous examination of witnesses in sworn testimony to get the best results possible for our clients. Tony received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2011 and joined Goddard Law in 2020. Before becoming an attorney, Tony was a high school English teacher.
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.
Saranicole Duaban has dedicated her career to representing employees. She represents employees in cases of discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour violations at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the EEOC, State and Federal Court and in arbitrations. She has represented employees in many industries including but not limited to: restaurant workers, home health aides, exotic dancers, technicians, domestic workers, bank workers, financial advisors and managers. Saranicole received her Juris Doctor at the George Washington University where she was on the executive board of the Moot Court Board. She was first inspired to represent employees in GW Law’s Public Justice Advocacy Clinic where she represented workers in minimum wage and unemployment claims. After law school, she worked at MFY Legal Services in the Workplace Justice Project on discrimination, wage and hour and reentry claims. Before joining Goddard Law, she worked at two other employment law firms where she successfully mediated many discrimination and wage and hour claims, represented employees in mass arbitrations and litigated many class and collective action cases. Saranicole is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association New York Chapter (“NELA/NY”) where she is the chair of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Committee. She served on the board of NELA/NY from 2016 – 2018. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and Federal Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in New York State and the Eastern and Southern District of New York. She has also practiced at the American Arbitration Association and National Arbitration and Mediation. Saranicole is a contributing author to the FLSA mid-winter report. She has written numerous articles on employment law issues including an article on misclassification in the “The Federal Lawyer,” a national magazine distributed to members of the Federal Bar Association. She has spoken on several panels including conducting know your rights trainings to the Nassau County Bar Association, presenting at the NELA/NY biannual conference on wage and hour law in highly regulated industries and training EDNY mediators on discrimination laws.