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Gay Employee Fired After Reporting Discrimination

In January, a Midtown currency exchange company was accused of wrongfully terminating an employee after he lodged an anonymous complaint alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Managers Varun Patel Shahrazz Hayat of the Change Group allegedly fired Gerard Giraldo, 21, after sending him an intimidating message in response to his complaint. In addition to the… Read More »

New York Man Awarded Compensation for Sexual Harassment

In a recently decided case, a Queens man was awarded damages after he brought a lawsuit for the sexual harassment he suffered on the job. Both men and women are subject to sexual harassment in New York City — and both genders are protected from unlawful behavior in the workplace. In a recent case, Lashley… Read More »

Dooney and Bourke Sued for Harassment

A recent sexual harassment lawsuit may leave an upscale purse manufacturer holding the bag. In May, suit was filed against Dooney and Bourke in White Plains Federal Court by former employee, Ramona Lester. According to the New York Post, Ms. Lester was hired as a full-time sales representative at the Westchester Mall location of Dooney… Read More »

Chef Cruelly and Unjustly Fired From His Job the Day Before his Wife Dies

by Derek T. Smith Robert Esselborn had a blessed life. He was a proud former Army instructor, a successful chef at the prestigious Crosby Street Hotel, a devoted husband to his beautiful wife Barbara and a doting father to two children. Then, last December his life changed when his wife of 17 years suffered a… Read More »

UPS Driver Termination Snowballs Into 250 Employees — is this Retaliation?

by Derek T. Smith Jairo Reyes was a UPS driver in New York for 24 years when he was fired for clocking in early to his shifts. The company claims that Mr. Reyes lied about the hours he worked to accumulate unearned overtime. Mr. Reyes claims his manager gave him verbal permission to start his… Read More »

Judge Denies Request to Dismiss Transgender Discrimination Lawsuit against a Catholic School in Queens

A former teacher at a Queens Catholic school has won her first round in a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school. The teacher, affectionately known as Mr. K during most of his teaching career at the school, was allegedly fired in October 2012 for insubordination after 32 years on the job. But the former teacher,… Read More »

How a Recent Supreme Court Ruling Affects Whistleblower Retaliation Cases

A June 24, 2013 decision by the United States Supreme Court has made it more challenging for whistleblowers to win lawsuits against their employers for illegal retaliation when brought under federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964). A whistleblower is one who reports the misconduct or illegal activity of his or… Read More »

NBC News’ Youth Movement Sparks Allegation of Ageism

Award-winning investigatory reporter Frank Snepp initiated a lawsuit against National Broadcasting Company (NBC) News, Comcast and NBCUniversal — alleging a pattern of age discrimination that led to lost promotions and wrongful termination. Mr. Snepp is a former chief analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Saigon, a former lecturer at University of Southern California… Read More »

New Standards for Pleading in Retaliation Cases

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is one of the less frequently discussed laws governing retaliatory discharge of employees. Yet, for those working in the financial or corporate sector it can be of vital importance. Various federal statutes governing issues ranging from workplace safety to on-the-job discrimination contain prohibitions against retaliation directed towards employees who report violations. The… Read More »

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