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Category Archives: Employment Law

Two Key Concepts in Sexual Harassment Law: Retaliation and Third-Party Harassment

In a recent case in Kansas, two interesting aspects of sexual harassment law were examined. In the case of Ann Shaeffer v. Anderson Management/U-Stor Self-Storage, Shaeffer claimed to have been harassed by the storage facility’s husband and subsequently fired for reporting the harassment. The sexual harassment claim was successful while the retaliation claim failed. Our… Read More »

‘You’ve Got Mail’ Restaurant in Hostile Workplace Suit

Café Lalo, the restaurant featured in the 1998 film, “You’ve Got Mail,” is at the center of a $26 million lawsuit filed by 13 former female employees who allege that the manager used the establishment as his “personal dating service.” According to the lawsuit, the manager, Daniel Reyes, created a hostile work environment through sexual… Read More »

Legal Marijuana Finds Itself at Odds with Employment Law

In a case just now reaching the Colorado Supreme Court, a man with a valid medical marijuana card who says he smoked before bed to relieve the effects of paralysis may soon find out whether his employer was in the right to fire him for violating a drug-free workplace policy. The effects of this case… Read More »

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 »

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