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In the Land of Start-Ups, 40 can be Considered a Dinosaur

A terminated employee at the ripe old age of 43 was able to defeat a motion for a summary judgment for age discrimination.  Plaintiff Frederick Brown sued his former employer Crowdtwist under the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) alleging age and disability discrimination.  The court denied the Defendant’s motion for summary judgment as […]

“Buffalo Jills” Have Little to Cheer About

NFL cheerleaders have been garnering a lot of attention lately, but probably not in the way that their teams had intended. On Tuesday, members of the “Buffalo Jills” filed suit against the Buffalo Bills, Citadel Communications Company, and Stejon Productions. Since 1986, management of the cheerleading team has rested in private entities. Allegedly, those entities […]

The Social Media Lag

Due to the time-consuming, give-and-take nature of American democracy, our laws often lag behind shifting societal priorities and real-time innovation. Consequently, legislators have only just begun to acknowledge the role of social media as an integral component of the national economy and increasingly, as a catalyst for legal controversy. In the context of the workplace, […]

Chef in Hot Water with 1.6 Million Verdict for Sexual Orientation and Religious Discrimination

On March 20, 2014, Mirella Salemi a New York chef, was awarded a $1.6 million verdict after her employer, defendant Edward Globokar, discriminated against her based on her sexual orientation and religion.  The New York Appeals court ordered Edward to pay Salemi $400,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages. Salemi sued under […]

McDonalds Faces a “Supersized” Class Action Lawsuit

McDonalds employees working at McDonald’s franchises in New York, California and Michigan have filed a lawsuit against both McDonalds the company as well as several franchise owners of McDonalds.  The employees are accusing McDonalds of various illegal labor practices such as violating minimum wage and overtime regulations. “Our wages are already at rock bottom,” said […]

Northwestern Football Players are No Amateurs

Kain Colter and the Northwestern Wildcats have scored a big win at the expense of the NCAA and private universities. On Wednesday, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the college football players qualify as “employees” and are consequently entitled to unionize. As summarized in our prior blog, Colter and […]

NCCA Lawsuit Marks the Beginning of March Madness Week

It is quite the week for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”): not only has the NCAA Tournament begun, but also an antitrust class action lawsuit was filed this past Monday.   Four athletes, represented by Jeffrey Kessler, are alleging that the NCAA and five of the major athletic conferences (the Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific […]

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