Terri Gerstein

Terri Gerstein

Brooklyn, NY
January 2017–July 2018

Terri Gerstein has worked since 2011 as the Labor Bureau Chief in the New York State Attorney General's Office.

Under Gerstein's leadership, the bureau has recovered over $27 million for approximately 20,000 workers; increased criminal prosecutions of employers; enforced wage and hour laws in high-violation industries; and sparked reforms in national employers’ policies in relation to on-call shifts and payment of wages by payroll cards. She held other leadership posts in the bureau from 1999 to 2007.

From 2007 to 2011, Gerstein was a deputy commissioner in the New York State Department of Labor, overseeing the Division of Labor Standards, which enforces wage and hour laws. She spearheaded the creation of the Bureau of Immigrant Workers’ Rights.

Previously, Gerstein was a Skadden Fellow and Echoing Green Fellow at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami, Florida, and co-hosted a Spanish-language radio show on workers' rights. She was also a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.