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In Rowe v. Olthof Funeral Home et al., a Western District judge held on summary judgment that the plaintiff, a funeral director, was an exempt “learned professional” not entitled to overtime compensation under the FLSA.  Defendants satisfied, by clear and convincing evidence, the “salary test” and the “duties test” for application of the exemption. “Salary…

Read More Funeral director is an FLSA-exempt “learned professional” not entitled to overtime
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In Whitehurst v. 230 Fifth, Inc. et al, 11-cv-0767, Southern District Judge McMahon allowed plaintiffs (all African American) to continue some, but not all, of their race-based claims against popular restaurant/lounge 230 Fifth (located at 230 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan).  Plaintiffs alleged that, after arriving to celebrate a friend’s birthday, they were subjected to discriminatory…

Read More African American Partygoers Can Continue Race Discrimination Suit Against 230 Fifth
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The SDNY recently held, in In re September 11 Litigation, 04-cv-7272 (Sept. 23, 2011), that the absence of duty doomed Con Edison’s negligence suit against various defendants arising from the destruction of its power station following the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2011.  Specifically, Con Edison sued the builder and developer…

Read More SDNY Applies Palsgraf to Deny Recovery to Con Edison in 9/11-Related Litigation
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Below is the federal court complaint filed by Rita Walsh against the New York City Housing Authority on September 12, 2011 containing her allegations that she was not hired by the NYCHA as its first female bricklayer because of her gender. Her complaint – which seeks relief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York…

Read More Plaintiff Alleges She Was Not Hired For Bricklayer Position Because of Her Gender
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In Nelson v. HSBC Bank USA (Sept. 13, 2011), the Appellate Division, Second Department clarified the standard governing “hostile work environment” discrimination claims – here, based on the plaintiffs’ race – brought under the NYC Human Rights Law.   Following a jury verdict for defendant, the appellate court ordered a new trial, finding that the jury…

Read More Court confirms breadth of hostile work environment claims under NYC Human Rights Law
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On September 9, 2011, federal judge Paul Crotty issued a decision in Torres v. Gristede’s Operating Corp., a class action asserting the non-payment of wages and overtime, finding that Gristede’s owner John Catsimatidis is an “employer” within the meaning of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law, and hence is jointly…

Read More Court: Gristede’s Owner John Catsimatidis is an “Employer” For Purposes of the FLSA and New York Labor Law
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On August 23, 2011, plaintiff Westley Artope sued ex-model Paige Bluhdorn (and Paul Bluhdorn), alleging that after he rejected Paige’s sexual advances,  he was subjected to a hostile work environment and ultimately fired.  He also alleged federal and state wage/hour violations.  His federal court complaint: [scribd id=64113286 key=key-1eume2eq9ki2s0otlnac mode=list]

Read More Dog trainer sues ex-model for sex-based discrimination and wage/hour violations
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In Briggs v. Women in Need, Inc, 819 F.Supp.2d 119 (2011), the court denied defendant’s FRCP 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint alleging discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) by her nonprofit employer. The Facts Plaintiff advised her employer of her pregnancy in March 2007, went on medical leave due to her high-risk pregnancy…

Read More Plaintiff May Press Pregnancy Discrimination Claims Against Non-Profit Women in Need Inc.
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