Honorable Luis R. Burgos, Jr. was the First Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Division of Human Rights from 2008-2013. Prior to this, he was Deputy Commissioner of Equal Employment Opportunity at the New York City Department of Correction; Deputy Inspector General, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Chief of the Impartial Hearing Office at the New York City Housing Authority; and Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Burgos is also a retired Colonel from the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Mr. Burgos has over 20 years of rewarding and successful experience on the oversight of investigations, rendering conclusions and providing training on discrimination allegations under the respective New York City, New York State, and Federal laws. These laws include the following protected classes: race, creed, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy discrimination), disability, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation or alienage or citizenship status of any person, domestic violence victim status, discrimination against domestic workers, sexual harassment and discrimination against interns. Mr. Burgos is also experienced in successfully handling reasonable accommodation requests. He also reviews company social media policies and technology and e-mail usage policies to insure human resource compliance. He is experienced in handling internal corporate investigations, employee termination, WARN Act compliance, and COBRA. Mr. Burgos also is involved in human resource and compliance counseling, including drafting and reviewing employee manuals, drafting job descriptions, personnel policies, vacation and PTO policies, family and medical leave compliance, military leave policies, and issues related to employment contracts and applications.
Mr. Burgos earned his Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law where he served as Staff Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. He was given distinction for Best Brief, First Year Moot Court Competition Best Brief, Stone’s Honor Argument – First Round Charles Evans Hughes Fellow Bar. Mr. Burgos is admitted to the New York State Bar.
Mr. Burgos is fluent in the Spanish language.