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Category Archives: New York City

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 […]

NYC Settles Class Discrimination Lawsuit against FDNY

In a shift from the Bloomberg Administration, New York City has agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed against the Fire Department. The suit, initially filed in 2007, alleges that the city’s written examinations given to entry-level applicants had an unlawful disparate impact on black and Hispanic applicants in violation of Title VII of the […]

Revenge of the Interns

College students and recent graduates may soon have cause to celebrate:  employers are coming under increased scrutiny when it comes to unpaid internships.  Following the success of interns suing for wages at Fox Searchlight and the recent $450,000 settlement in favor of Elite Model Management interns, the Second Circuit finds itself at the epicenter of […]

Breaking Down the A-Rod Complaint

Alex Rodriguez’s future in baseball is tenuous at best. The Yankee third-baseman was originally suspended by Commissioner Bud Selig for a record 211 games. The discipline stemmed from violations of MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement (JDA).  These violations included the use of performance enhancing drugs and the destruction of incriminating evidence.  In response, Rodriguez noted that […]

Where Are Your Starbucks Tips Going

In November 2013, the Second Circuit ruled against a class of Starbucks baristas claiming the Seattle-based coffee maker’s practice of allowing shift supervisors to participate in tip-pooling is illegal. Starbucks policy dictates that each store place a container at the counter where patrons may deposit tips. At the end of each week, the tips are […]

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