On February 16, 2017, a class action lawsuit was filed by Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP and Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC against Raymour & Flanigan (“Raymour”) for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by sending text messages to recipients’ cellular phones without their prior written consent. The TCPA makes it unlawful to make any calls, send any text messages, and/or send any faxes to a person or business, for commercial reasons, without that person’s express written consent. Each ...Continue Reading →
On May 15, 2017, in the case of Black et al. v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc., No. 16 Civ. 03968, Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division granted Plaintiffs’ motion for conditional certification of a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Plaintiffs originally commenced this action on April 1, 2016, on behalf of themselves and all similarly situated current and former tipped workers employed at ...Continue Reading →
As Verizon’s AOL unit merger over Yahoo takes effect, thousands are expected to be laid off. The communications behemoth will be merging departments like human resources, finance, marketing and general administration and would have obvious overlap. They estimate that about 2,100 people in both the New York and California offices would be in redundant positions as the union finishes taking shape.
With layoffs in larger companies, it may be common to receive some sort of severance package ...Continue Reading →
In early 2015, a female applicant of a brokerage firm in Florida was hired, only to be fired within the hour after inquiring about their maternity policy and disclosing she was pregnant. Her offer was abruptly rescinded citing that they needed someone who would be in the position for the “long-term”. The applicant filed a claim with the EEOC for pregnancy discrimination in July of 2016 and recently settled her case for $100,000 in damages and an agreement that the ...Continue Reading →
Fox News has had a tumultuous year dealing with sexual harassment claims in the workplace. Last year several lawsuits were filed against its former Chairman and network CEO Roger Ailes alleging sexual harassment. One of these cases even settled for an astounding $20 million dollars. In the last couple of months the news channel had been dealing a series of sexual harassment lawsuits against its top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly, which prompted an internal investigation that in turn revealed ...Continue Reading →
On April 11, 2017 the NY Supreme Court, Appellate Division for the First Department ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Tokhtaman v. Human Care, LLC case. The plaintiffs in this matter argued that home health aides were not being paid for all hours worked, overtime, and spread of hours. The courts decided that nonresidential home health aides who work as live-ins at a client’s home are eligible for overtime.
What Does This Mean & Who Does This Affect?
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On April 12, 2017, in the case of Hotaranu v. Star Nissan Inc., No. 16 Civ. 5320, Judge Robert M. Levy of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted Plaintiffs’ motion for a conditional certification of a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Plaintiffs originally commenced this action on September 26, 2016, on behalf of themselves and all similarly situated current and former auto sales representatives employed at the Star Nissan dealership, ...Continue Reading →
There has been an important development for tipped workers in the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Supreme court has decided that delivery workers cannot be paid a tip credit instead of the full minimum wage rate. The norm had been that businesses like hotels and restaurants would pay its delivery workers the reduced minimum wage because they were earning tips, however, this recent decision points out that the law may have been misinterpreted all along. Delivery workers may have always ...Continue Reading →
An employee of Fields Motor cars of Florida, a Mercedes dealership, sued them for disability discrimination after they terminated him once he returned from a medical leave for his kidney cancer treatment. The 71 year old employee was cleared to return to work where he capable of completing all of his job duties but was instead terminated for failing to follow company policies over an incident that happened 10 years prior.
A federal jury in Florida recently reached a verdict in ...Continue Reading →
On Monday, March 13, 2017, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Nick’s Pizzabar for unpaid wages. Nick’s Pizzabar, which is under the same management as other well known NYC restaurants such as Harry’s Café and Steak, Pier A Harbor House, Harry’s Italian, Adrienne’s Pizzabar, Ulysses’ Folk House, Bathtub Gin, The Dead Rabbit, Le District, The Growler, and Vintry Wine & Whiskey, has failed to properly compensate its former and current delivery workers. This lawsuit seeks to ...Continue Reading →