Faithless Servant Doctrine

In Mezinev v. Donald Smith & Co., Inc., 161367/2017, 2020 NY Slip Op 33429 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. Oct. 9, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed defendant employer’s counterclaims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and violation of the faithless servant doctrine. Plaintiff commenced this action seeking damages for alleged employment discrimination…

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In Babbitt v. Koeppel Nissan, Inc., 2020 WL 3183895 (E.D.N.Y. June 15, 2020), the court, inter alia, dismissed defendants’ counterclaim asserting that plaintiff violated the “faithless servant doctrine.” Plaintiff alleged, among other things, that defendants subjected her to sex discrimination and retaliation. The court explained the applicable law: Under the faithless servant doctrine, “[o]ne who…

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In Doe v. Solera Capital LLC, 18-cv-1769, 2019 WL 1437520 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2019) – in which plaintiff alleges employment discrimination and a hostile work environment on the basis of race and plaintiff’s status of a survivor of domestic violence, retaliation, and failure to pay overtime – the court, inter alia, dismissed defendant’s counterclaim alleging…

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New York’s common-law “faithless servant doctrine” provides that “an agent that breaches its fiduciary duty of loyalty to its principal forfeits its right to compensation for the period of its disloyalty.” Supreme Showroom, Inc. v. Branded Apparel Group LLC, 2018 WL 3148357, at *8 (S.D.N.Y. June 27, 2018). As one court explained: New York law…

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In City of Binghamton v. Whalen, 2016 NY Slip Op 04289 (App. Div. 3d Dept. June 2, 2016), the court held that plaintiff – the defendant’s former employer was entitled to summary judgment on its claim under the “faithless servant doctrine.” The court explained the doctrine as follows: New York law with respect to the disloyal or…

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