Whistleblower Law

In Galbraith v. Westchester County Health Care Corp., 2016 NY Slip Op 04176 (App. Div. 2nd Dept. June 1, 2016), the court affirmed the trial court’s finding in favor of plaintiff, a perfusionist (Wikipedia definition here), on his whistleblower claim under New York Labor Law § 741. Here’s what happened: In October 2008, [plaintiff] was appointed as…

Read More Court Affirms $455K Award to Whistleblowing Perfusionist on Labor Law 741 Claim
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In Menghini v. Neurological Surgery, P.C., No. CV 15-3534, 2016 WL 3034482 (E.D.N.Y. May 24, 2016), the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s sexual harassment and whistelblower claims, as well as defendants’ motion to strike “redundant, immaterial, impertinent and scandalous” material from plaintiff’s complaint. The facts, briefly and as summarized by the court (here’s plaintiff’s…

Read More Plaintiff States Hostile Work Environment Claim Based on Allegations of “Sexually Charged” Comments
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In Fough v. Aug. Aichhorn Ctr. for Adolescent Residential Care, Inc., No. 18294/13, 2016 WL 2338423 (N.Y. App. Div. 2nd Dept. May 4, 2016), the court held that the defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s “whistleblower retaliation” lawsuit under CPLR 3211(a)(7) should have been denied – i.e., that plaintiff sufficiently alleged this claim. In sum, plaintiff (a…

Read More Nurse States New York Whistleblower (Labor Law § 740) Claim Based on Alleged Improper Supervision by Unqualified Person
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In McMahon v. New York Organ Donor Network, Inc., No. 156669/12, 2016 WL 1251204 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Mar. 28, 2016), the plaintiff was terminated from his position as a probationary Transplant Coordinator of the New York Organ Donor Network. Plaintiff claimed that he was fired after making complaints that defendant’s employees were procuring organs from individuals…

Read More Court Orders Discovery of Other Employees’ Personnel Records in Whistleblower Retaliation Case
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In Kamdem-Ouaffo v. Pepsico, Inc., 133 A.D.3d 825, 21 N.Y.S.3d 150, 152 (N.Y. App. Div. 2015), the Appellate Division, Second Department dismissed plaintiff’s claim brought pursuant to New York’s “whistleblower law”, codified at Labor Law § 740. Plaintiff alleged that his employment was terminated, his contract was not renewed, and he was not offered a…

Read More Court Dismisses Labor Law § 740 (Whistleblowing) Lawsuit Arising From Termination Following Formaldehyde Complaint
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In Novak v St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hosp. Ctr., Inc., 2016 NY Slip Op 00762 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 4, 2016), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s “healthcare whistleblower” claim under New York Labor Law § 741. From the decision: Plaintiff alleges that defendants had retaliated against her for lodging a complaint with defendant supervisors regarding the…

Read More “Healthcare Whistleblowing” Claim Dismissed; Abandonment of Post Was Reason for Termination
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In Taft v. Agric. Bank of China Ltd., No. 15 CIV. 5321 (PAE), 2016 WL 80209 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 6, 2016), the Southern District of New York ruled on defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s whistleblower retaliation claim under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Plaintiff alleged that “she was subjected to frequent sexually charged comments and gender-related…

Read More Court Interprets Retaliation Provision of the Bank Secrecy Act
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In Magnotti v. Crossroads Healthcare Mgmt., LLC, No. 14-CV-6679 ILG RML, 2015 WL 5173528 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 3, 2015), the court held the plaintiff, a pharmacist, plausibly alleged a claim of retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It explained: In order to state a claim for retaliation, plaintiff must allege that (1) he engaged in an…

Read More Pharmacist’s Complaint of Reduction in Hours After Surgery Supports ADA Retaliation Claim
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It has been reported that Queens physical education teacher Peter Maliarakis has settled his “whistleblowing” retaliation lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education, Principal Namita Dwarka, and others. He alleges in his 2014 lawsuit (here and below), among other things, that the school administration retaliated against him after he told an Office of Special Investigation (OSI)…

Read More Grade-Changing Whistleblower Lawsuit Settled
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In Malanga v. NYU Langone Med. Ctr., No. 14CV9681, 2015 WL 7019819, (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 12, 2015), the Southern District of New York held that plaintiff sufficiently alleged her claims of retaliation under the False Claims Act and sexual orientation discrimination (hostile work environment) under the NYC Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Here is her amended complaint. False…

Read More Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleges False Claims Act and Sexual Orientation Discrimination (Hostile Work Environment) Claims Against NYU Langone Medical Center
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