With the nation’s reaction to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, changing daily, the developments may leave many of us facing several unknowns especially when it comes to our workplace. As offices, stores, and job sites begin to decide on whether to close or remain open, many employees have no idea what their rights may be during this unprecedented pandemic. Whether you are being asked to work from home, report to work, stay put or are being laid off, you do have ...

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Fitapelli & Schaffer to Continue Operations Remotely During COVID-19 Pandemic 

We want to take a moment to let you know that Fitapelli & Schaffer is prepared to continue to support you and your needs as we face this difficult climate as a nation together. Out of an abundance of caution, and for the safety of our employees, our office has begun to work remotely. We will be available during regular business hours continuing to assist new clients as well as diligently working on existing claims. 

We remain accessible by phone and email ...

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Handling Your Legal Issues Remotely – How F&S Can Help With Your Claims

Did you know that many of your attorney needs and potential claims can be handled remotely without ever needing to leave the comfort of your own home? Our firm, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP has clients nationwide by providing all the essential tools to consistently communicate with them. If for some reason you are unable to visit our New York City office, we are able to quickly provide access to necessary documents and can conduct any essential meetings virtually throughout the United ...

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Mortgage Consultants Claim Wells Fargo Owes Significant Unpaid Wages

Mortgage Consultants and Loan Officers for Wells Fargo Bank have recently filed a class action lawsuit alleging the national bank violated several aspects of the New York Labor Law (“NYLL). Due to the bank’s policies and practices, Mortgage Consultants were consistently unpaid minimum and overtime wages, commissions, agreed upon wages, and unlawful deductions. This lawsuit seeks to recover these unpaid wages and other damages under the NYLL.

Despite Wells Fargo promising its Mortgage Loan Officers, via an offer letter, that they ...

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Engineers for Oil & Gas Industry Win Collective Action Status for Unpaid Overtime

Engineers for MBI Energy Services (“MBI Energy”) filed a collective action lawsuit for wage and hour violations early last year and it continues to move forward successfully. MBI Energy provides well completion services throughout the United States, including in regions of North Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming. This lawsuit seeks to recover overtime compensation for salaried wireline engineers and all other similarly situated workers who work or have worked for MBI Energy Services, Inc., Missouri Basin Well Service, Inc., and High ...

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Call-A-Head Port-A-Potty Employees to Receive $7M in OT for Owed Wages

Employees for Call-A-Head Corp., a portable sanitation company, which set up port-a-pottys in New York will be receiving more than $7 million to settle claims that they were owed wages. The toilet technicians alleged they were not paid all of their overtime hours worked in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law in a lawsuit filed back in 2015. Affected employees include but ...

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Chipotle Fast-Food Workers Sue for Fair Workweek Violations in NYC

Several Chipotle locations in the New York City have some explaining to do after employees filed claims with the city alleging the restaurant chain violated the Fair Workweek Law. This law, which went into effect in November of 2017 in New York City, requires employers to provide predictable schedules for quick service employees. More than 30 employees from five different chain locations in Brooklyn filed claims with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings that Chipotle ...

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Illinois Facebook Users May Receive Up to $550M in Privacy Settlement

Facebook has agreed to pay $550 million to its users residing in Illinois to settle claims that its biometric tagging feature violated their privacy rights. Illinois currently has some of the strictest biometric privacy laws in all of the United States. The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA) was established back in 2008 in order to protect consumers from having companies use their biometric information, such as retina, facial and fingerprint scans, without their consent. This lawsuit ...

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Misclassified Independent Contractors to Receive $2.75M to Resolve Wage Lawsuit

Independent Contractors represented by the Office of the Attorney General (“AOG”) that sued a national electrical contracting company for allegedly misclassifying them will now receive millions to resolve claims that they were not paid correctly. The contracting company,Power Design, has agreed to settle with the AOG for the District of Columbia for unpaid wage claims that total $2.75 million. This amount will be distributed between approximately 500 affected workers, the District of Columbia’s litigation fund, as well as job ...

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NYC EMTs and Paramedics Have Their $7.2M OT Damages Doubled

More than 2,500 NYC emergency medical technicians ( EMTs ) and paramedics have been awarded a hefty sum of owed wages by the city.  Not only were they awarded just over $7.2 million for unpaid overtime but a federal court recently approved an order granting them an additional $7.2 million in liquidated damages doubling the amount owed to them under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).   

This result came about after three-week trial in which plaintiffs proved EMTs consistently ...

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