Misclassification

In a lawsuit filed on May 6, 2015 in the Supreme Court of the State of New York and captioned Hayblum v. Life Alert Emergency Response, Inc. et al, plaintiff alleges that his former employer – the company known for its “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” advertisements – subjected him to employment…

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This week, in Hart v. Rick’s Cabaret, the Southern District (per Judge Engelmayer) held that exotic dancers (or “strippers”) are employees, and not independent contractors, under both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL). The distinction between an “employee” and an “independent contractor” is significant. Employees are entitled…

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… like a rich ex-beauty queen whose views, according to a recent court filing, conflict with federal and state law. Below (and copy here) is the federal court complaint filed by workers last week against fashion designer and former Miss Ecuador Gabriela Cadena, her company, and other defendants for violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards…

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This week the Southern District of New York held, in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., 2013 WL 2495140 (SDNY June 11, 2013), that two unpaid interns who worked on the movie Black Swan in New York were “employees” under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL). Citing and applying…

Read More Court Holds That Black Swan Unpaid Interns Were “Employees” Under Federal And New York Wage Laws
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A recent decision, Delucia v. Abbondandolo, Index No. 005793-10 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Nassau Cty. March 11, 2013), held that, in the circumstances of that case, it was unlawful to fire an employee because they file for unemployment benefits. After plaintiff Gina Delucia was let go by a non-party employer, she filed for unemployment benefits.  The…

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