06Aug

NEW YORK COURT OF APPEALS SAYS SEX-NEUTRAL ACTS SUPPORT AN EX-VERIZON EMPLOYEE’S SUIT

In 2004, a sales engineer in New York, Cindy Moll, sued Verizon for violating state and federal laws by allegedly subjecting her to a sexually hostile work environment, paying her less than male employees and retaliated against her for making


04Aug

STARWOOD SETTLES WAGE AND HOUR LAWSUIT FOR NEARLY $1M

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the largest hotel operators in the world, agreed to settle a class action suit brought by waiters working in one of its Westin resorts.  The complaint alleged that a 20% service charge


01Aug

NLRB RULES THAT MCDONALDS IS JOINTLY LIABLE FOR UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES OF ITS FRANCHISEE OPERATORS

This week, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, Richard R. Griffin Jr., determined that McDonald’s is jointly liable for the employment actions of its franchisee operators.  This ruling comes after various complaints that McDonald’s and its franchisees


30Jul

NLRB RULES THAT MERCEDES BENZ PLANT VIOLATED LABOR LAWS REGARDING WORKERS’ RIGHT TO DISTRIBUTE UNION LITERATURE

Last week, Judge Keltner Locke, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board, ruled that Mercedes Benz U.S. International violated the rights of workers in its plant by not permitting the distribution of union literature in certain areas


29Jul

NEW YORK APPELLLATE DIVISION FINDS THAT IVY LEAGUE CONNECTION TUTORS ARE EMPLOYEES

Ivy League Connection, Inc. provides in-home tutoring services to clients seeking help with schoolwork and test preparation.  In 2012, Ivy League was assessed for unspecified unemployment insurance contributions for its tutors who worked for Ivy League beginning from early 2009. 


24Jul

NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO PROTECT UNPAID INTERNS

On July 22, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law a new bill that would afford anti-discrimination protection to unpaid interns with respect to hiring, discharge and other terms and conditions of employment.   This law further protects unpaid interns from


27Jun

U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES THAT WHISTLEBLOWERS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR ARE PROTECTED FROM RETALIATION FOR COURT TESTIMONY

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that public employees are protected from retaliation when they testify in court against their superiors regarding misconduct at the workplace.  The court unanimously decided that that the First Amendment protects those who tell


14Apr

UNPAID INTERNS IN NEW YORK CITY NOW PROTECTED AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

Recently, the New York City Council unanimously voted to pass an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law, which will protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and discrimination.   This amendment was prompted by a 2013 decision, which


08Apr

FAMOUS MIDTOWN DELI SET TO PAY $2.65 MILLION TO SETTLE FLSA LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY STAFF

Carnegie Deli has made an agreement in principle to pay approximately 25 current and former waiters, waitresses, bus boys and cooks a total sum of $2.65 million, with an average pay-out of $106,000 per employee.  The workers claim that their


02Apr

NAIL SALON WORKERS FILED A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST ENVY NAILS FOR FAILURE TO PAY MINIMUM WAGE AND SPYING

Manicurists have filed a class action complaint again Anna Do, owner of Envy Salon, in a Manhattan Federal Court.  Do is the owner of more than 50 nail salons in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Plaintiffs allege that Do


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