It is funny to think that gender pay equality would ever be an issue for State Street Corporation, the company responsible for installing the ‘Fearless Girl” statue. The statue, which has quickly become an iconic symbol of female equality, is now a bit a sore spot for the company after having to settle a gender pay discrimination lawsuit for $5 million. The company was investigated by the Department of Labor (DOL) and the governments findings conclude that ...Continue Reading →
Sexual harassment and gender discrimination has long been hinted at within the movie industry but only in recent years have investigations been launched shedding some light onto these accusations. Movie moguls have been known to use their power to coerce female actors into compromising situations that would often lead to unwanted sexual harassment and advances. Often, these film producers would go as far as to threaten their victims to stay silent about the abuse or risk putting ...Continue Reading →
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against Prova Pizzabar, a restaurant located inside Grand Central Station. This popular pizza spot is owned by television personality and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia and celebrity criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos. A female ex-employee of Prova Pizzabar claims she was severely harassed and sexually accosted by a coworker and was then terminated when complaining about it to a supervisor. The lawsuit alleges discrimination based ...Continue Reading →
Salary inquiries of prospective employees are set to become a thing of the past. A new legislation that was signed into law earlier this year by Mayor De Blasio will soon go into effect on October 31, 2017. The legislation will prohibit employers from questioning its job applicants about their salary history in an attempt to curb gender pay issues by lowering the possibility of women being negatively impacted by their previous salary levels. The New York City Commission on ...Continue Reading →
The Trump Administration is making it abundantly clear that it is set on reversing the government’s position on LGBTQ rights, more specifically, LGBTQ employee rights. Just this week, during an appeal for a work place sexual orientation discrimination case, a lawyer from the Justice Department under the Trump Administration argued against the former employee who filed the lawsuit. The ex-employee, Donald Zarda, worked for a company called Altitude Express and claims he was fired for being gay.
The ...Continue Reading →
Winston & Strawn, a well established top tier law firm, has been sued by a former female income partner. They have joined the list of the latest biglaw firms, such as Proskauer Rose and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, to be hit with gender discrimination lawsuits. The complaint alleges that the highly qualified ex employee was continually denied the same opportunities as her male counterparts even when she was outperforming them.
The plaintiff, Constance Ramos, claims that she was ...Continue Reading →
Gary Glouner, a 52 year old former Facebook employee, has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the social networking firm. Mr. Glouner alleges that that he was terminated after complaining about Facebook’s treatment of older employees. Although a spokesperson for Facebook has denied the allegations, the lawsuit claims the company has a track record of firing employees over the age of 50.
Mr. Glouner claims his termination fit what he believes is Facebook’s preference of younger employees who ...Continue Reading →
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued Chipotle Mexican Grill accusing them of sexually harassing one of their employees and then retaliating against them. This is not the first time Chipotle has been sued for sexual harassment. Last year, a former teen employee of Chipotle in Texas was awarded $7.6 million. In this instance, a 22-year old male shift manager had to endure verbal and physical sexual harassment by his female general manager.
In his EEOC complaint, the former worker ...Continue Reading →
Four former Macy’s employees of the flagship Herald Square location in New York City are alleging that the company was pushing to have its workers racially profile Asian shoppers. They claim that they were instructed to not sell or avoid selling Macy’s merchandise to customers of Asian descent. The ex employees, who identify as Asian-American, also claim that they were wrongfully terminated after they spoke out against the alleged policy. Their terminations followed soon after they spoke to managers and ...Continue Reading →
The Appellate Division, First Department recently ruled that “live-in” nurses working 24-hour shifts should be paid for all 24 hours regardless of their allotted sleep and meal breaks. This ruling came in stark contrast to what had been the New York State Department of Labor’s (DOL) longstanding view that “live-in” nurses’ payment should follow the 13-Hour Rule. It required that they only be paid for 13 hours of their shift if they were allotted at least 8 hours of sleep ...Continue Reading →