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Category Archives: Employment Law

Appearance-Based Discrimination is More than ‘Hot or Not’

Employment discrimination based on looks is a complicated and potentially very dangerous practice for employers to engage in. In hiring, it is not technically illegal to reject a candidate based on his or her appearance. However, it is extremely risky for a number of reasons.  Federal law prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion… Read More »

Columbia Janitor Sues Over Racial Discrimination

A janitor at Columbia University is suing the institution for racial discrimination, alleging that administrators unfairly treat him and other black employees on account of their skin color. Oumar Coulibay, who started working at a residential complex in 2008, claims that in addition to experiencing job-related setbacks, he has also suffered significant health problems resulting… Read More »

OMH Employee Alleges Retaliation After Filing Complaint

After she filed two complaints alleging sexual harassment at her job at the Rochester Psychiatric Center, Vicky Snyder alleges that her complaints were not just ignored—she says her supervisors harassed her further, and that the state’s Office of Mental Health, which oversees her employer, treated her complaints as though she had brought the harassment upon… Read More »

Women-Only Taxi App: Sound Model or Discrimination?

A new mobile app designed to match female passengers with female drivers is causing controversy between those who believe the app will provide a useful service for women who might feel unsafe hopping in a male-operated cab and those who believe the entire model is discriminatory.  The people behind SheRides (known as SheTaxis outside of… Read More »

Former Mets Employee Sues Over Discrimination

The New York Mets’ former senior vice president for ticket sales and service has sued the team and co-owner Jeff Wilpon, who allegedly fired her because she was pregnant and unmarried. Leigh Castergine was fired on August 20 — the stated reason was that she had failed to meet sales goals, but Castergine alleges a… Read More »

Why Can’t You Access Your Own Personnel File?

A common problem New Yorkers might run into when dealing with conflicts at work, such as discrimination, is the inability to access their own personnel files. While it may seem like looking at your own personnel file should be easy and completely harmless, it’s not likely you’ll ever have the chance. Very simply put, New… Read More »

NYC Lawyer Derek Smith Representing Saks Employee in Sexual Harassment Suit

Top New York sexual harassment lawyer Derek Smith is representing two Guerlain counter clerks at Saks Fifth Avenue in a new employment lawsuit. According to court papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, a male makeup artist repeatedly harassed perfume clerk Pako Mikel and skin care specialist Denise Klerx while working the Guerlain counter. The egregious… Read More »

Why Did HR Make Me Sign an Agreement About My Office Romance?

New York City is home to millions of professionals working – and dating – in the City. When your job life starts mingling with your romantic life, things might become messy. Our NYC sexual harassment lawyers have seen countless cases where a fun work fling turns into legal ordeal. If you engage in office dating,… Read More »

Study Finds 27 Percent of Flight Attendants Experience Sexual Harassment

As reported by CNN, the Hong Kong-based Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) conducted a survey that reported 27% of flight attendants have experience sexual harassment on board aircrafts within the past twelve months.  Our NYC sexual harassment lawyers learned the majority of the harassment came from actual customers on flights. The harassment manifested in various physical,… Read More »

Dating ‘App’ Tinder Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

In July 2014, the NYC sexual harassment lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group reported Tinder was involved in a sexual harassment scandal. Now, as September 2014, the Tinder lawsuit has been settled, without the admission of wrongdoing on Tinder’s executives’ behalf. Former director of marketing – and alleged co-founder – Whitney Wolfe claimed co-founder… Read More »

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