Joshua Xavier: Giving back and serving



“Our jobs provide us with purpose and a sense of dignity…the compensation we receive from our employers help us to provide for our families, put a roof over our heads, and help us pay for our children’s education,” said Joshua Xavier, Associate Attorney with Patridge Snow and Hahn LLP.

In his work, Xavier ensures that employers comply with laws regarding minimum wage and overtime requirements, sick time, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other anti-discrimination laws. 

Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee signed significant pay equity legislation into law last July with two critical pieces of legislation. The first part will prohibit companies from requesting applicants’ salary histories before initial employment offers. The second part calls for pay transparency in the workplace.

“While the Act does not go into effect until January 1, 2023, given the penalties and damages available under the Act, and the safe harbor for employers to eliminate those penalties and liabilities, employers should be familiar with the Act and the safe harbor and other requirements well in advance of the Act’s effective date,” Xavier co-wrote in “Rhode Island’s New Pay Equity Law Changes How Employers Must Compensate Their Workforce.” The article provides insights into the many changes to common workplace practices slated to take effect on January 1, 2023.

Xavier is the son of Dominican and Cape Verdean immigrant parents. His commitment to giving back and serving the less fortunate in the community as an employment attorney is deeply tied to his experience as a child of immigrants.

According to the Patridge Snow and Hahn website, Xavier defends employers in courts and administrative agencies in actions concerning wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims, non-compete enforcement, and other claims. He also counsels employers on a variety of employment-related topics, such as handbooks, terminations, harassment complaints, leave acts, overtime payment, and misclassification claims.

A graduate of the Roger Williams University School of Law, Xavier has received several honors and recognitions including being named Up & Coming Lawyer 2021 by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.

Xavier was profiled in the Latino Policy Institute’s #LatinosInRI series.

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