Karen Cacace is the Director for the Employment Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society. At Legal Aid, Cacace oversees the Employment Law Unit’s work providing representation, community education and advice to low-income New York City residents. The Employment Law Unit brings affirmative litigation in federal and state court to address violations of employment laws, including wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination laws, family and medical leave laws and anti-trafficking laws. The Employment Law Unit also assists clients in obtaining unemployment insurance benefits.
Prior to joining Legal Aid, Cacace was a partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. in New York, where she represented individuals in employment related matters, focusing on discrimination claims. She was also an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Cacace graduated from Wesleyan University and The University of Pennsylvania Law School.