Author Archives: Derek T. Smith, Esq.

New York City Sexual Harassment Attorney Derek Smith is an experienced labor & employment law litigator who has particular experience in the areas of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights litigation, employment law and civil litigation. Attorney Smith received his J.D. in 1994 from the Dickinson School of Law, his B.A. in 1991 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., and studied at the Université de Droit, d’Économie, et des Sciences d’Aix-Marseille in Aix-en-Provence, France.

THE “NEED-TO-KNOW” ON NEW YORK’S NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWS

In the wake of the #MeToo Movement, New York state and New York city have passed new laws aimed at combating sexual harassment. Each of the laws applies to every employer, regardless of their number of employees. If you are an employee in the state or the city, here are a few points you from… Read more »

Florida Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Case

On February 20, 2018, the Middle District of Florida federal court ruled on a motion to dismiss filed by the defendants in this Florida sexual harassment and hostile work environment case.  (See Robinson v. Hill, 2018 WL 962199, (M.D. Fl. 2018)).  The female plaintiff worked as a manager for one of the defendant corporations.  She… Read more »

Aziz Ansari, you too?

Will Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” star and author of the book “Modern Romance,” crash and burn along with other men in Hollywood accused of sexual misconduct? Ansari is accused of forcing himself on a 23-year-old woman, a Brooklyn-based photographer, in September 2017. She accused the actor of sexual misconduct during a date after meeting him… Read more »

Nassar’s Sexual Assault Victims

Lawyers are advocates for their clients and the law has an interest in protecting individuals from discrimination and the harmful acts of wrongdoers. Generally, the judge is a neutral party that rarely takes sides, focus on the law, and sticks to his or her bench without showing emotions. But not so for Circuit Court Judge… Read more »

New Govt. Database of Civil Rights Investigations

On January 17, 2018, the Department of Education published a searchable database containing all active civil rights investigations in the US and the list will be updated monthly. The list will track by state the institution, the institution type, the type of discrimination listed in the complaint and the date the investigation first opened. The… Read more »

2nd World Leader Set to Give Birth in Office!

Women are amazing and continue to break glass ceilings! Recently, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 37, has announced that she is pregnant, making her only the second world leader to give birth while in office. Ardern, who was elected in October, is also New Zealand’s youngest prime minister since 1856. Ardern explained how she… Read more »

Trump’s New Attack on Women & LGBQ Rights

The Trump administration continues its assault on women’s rights and the rights of the LGBTQ community by announcing plans this week to “protect health workers” for refusing to handle abortions or treat transgender people because of the worker’s moral objections to doing so. Later that same day, the administration’s Sarah Sanders announced that President Donald… Read more »

Background Briefing with Ian Masters – Christina Giorgio, Esq.

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Christina Giorgio, Esq. on Background Briefing with Ian Masters Christina Giorgio, Esq. with the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC was recently interviewed on Background Briefing with Ian Masters to discuss sexual harassment in the workplace. Ms. Giorgio has years of experience litigating claims of sexual harassment and is currently a leading member of the New… Read more »

Trump’s diet coke addiction

Trump’s diet coke addiction Washington, D.C. – President Trump has a diet coke addiction. Addiction may be a strong word, but the President recently stated that he drinks up to twelve diet Coco-Cola’s per day. While the term “diet” leads consumers to believe the drinks are less harmful than their sugary counterparts, research has shown… Read more »

“Sex trade on Capitol Hill”

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“Sex trade on Capitol Hill” Miami— Last week, after a slew of sexual harassment claims directed at US government officials in recent weeks, the Senate passed a resolution that makes sexual harassment training mandatory for all senators, staffers and interns. On November 14, 2017, during a House committee to examine sexual harassment policies within the… Read more »