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NYC Lawyer Derek Smith Representing Saks Employee in Sexual Harassment Suit

Top New York sexual harassment lawyer Derek Smith is representing two Guerlain counter clerks at Saks Fifth Avenue in a new employment lawsuit. According to court papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, a male makeup artist repeatedly harassed perfume clerk Pako Mikel and skin care specialist Denise Klerx while working the Guerlain counter. The egregious… Read more »

Random Drug Testing and New York Law

Random drug testing has become more and more common in the American workplace, and New York is no different. The practice is controversial in some quarters, but while many states have restricted employers’ ability to drug-test their employees, there is no law on the books in New York that prohibits or restricts it. The only… Read more »

Unlawful Discrimination at Employment Agencies Forces Action from Attorney General

After allegations of discriminatory and predatory business practices were levied against five New York City-based employment agencies, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had to get involved. On July 11, Schneiderman’s office reached agreements with all five agencies, which should prevent them from engaging in a number of practices that violate the rights of their… Read more »

‘Boss Bill’ Proposed in NY State in Response to Hobby Lobby Case

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A bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees on the basis of the employees’ use of reproductive healthcare services passed in a bipartisan Assembly vote in June. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, passed by a margin of 106-30 and now awaits a vote in the state Senate. In urging… Read more »

Accommodation to Religious Practice in Employment

New York City is one of the most diverse places on earth. Representatives of cultures, religions and nationalities from across the globe have converged here to create a rich tapestry of diversity like nowhere else. Most employers understand that accommodating diversity in their workforces is part of doing business in New York. Others, unfortunately, become… Read more »

Study Finds 27 Percent of Flight Attendants Experience Sexual Harassment

As reported by CNN, the Hong Kong-based Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) conducted a survey that reported 27% of flight attendants have experience sexual harassment on board aircrafts within the past twelve months. Our NYC sexual harassment lawyers learned the majority of the harassment came from actual customers on flights. The harassment manifested in various physical,… Read more »

Gay Employee Fired After Reporting Discrimination

In January, a Midtown currency exchange company was accused of wrongfully terminating an employee after he lodged an anonymous complaint alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Managers Varun Patel Shahrazz Hayat of the Change Group allegedly fired Gerard Giraldo, 21, after sending him an intimidating message in response to his complaint. In addition to the… Read more »

Dating ‘App’ Tinder Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

In July 2014, the New York City sexual harassment lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group reported Tinder was involved in a sexual harassment scandal. Now, as September 2014, the Tinder lawsuit has been settled, without the admission of wrongdoing on Tinder’s executives’ behalf. Former director of marketing – and alleged co-founder – Whitney Wolfe… Read more »

Columbia University Student Carries Mattress Until Her Alleged Rapist Leaves Campus

NYC Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped by a classmate in her dorm room bed her sophomore year at the school. Now, in her final year at the University, Sulkowicz has vowed to carry her mattress around at all times until her alleged rapist is expelled from the school. A visual-arts major,… Read more »

Former People Editor Sues Over Racial Discrimination

A former senior editor of People has sued the magazine and its parent company, Time Inc., alleging that she was discriminated against on the basis of her race. Tatsha Robertson, 48, was the only black senior editor in the magazine’s history, having joined in 2010 after previously working at Essence. Robertson alleges that the mistreatment… Read more »