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.

Fake Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel made headlines this past week when an absurd sex harassment lawsuit filed against him was made public. On May 16th, 2014, a Florida district court accepted a $25 million sexual harassment lawsuit against Manziel, allegedly filed by HLN contributor Samantha Schacher. It is now confirmed by Schacher herself that the… Read more »

Protected Classes Under Employment Law

A “protected class” is a category set by federal, state, and local laws that provide protections for employees against discrimination. These categories cover many characteristics including race, religion, sex/gender, national origin, disability, age, and many more. What Are Protected Classes Under New York State and City Law? Age (18 and older); Genetic characteristics; Marital status;… Read more »

“Protected Classes” Under NYC Discrimination Law

Discrimination can prevent you from getting the job you want or from moving to the neighborhood that’s on the top of your list. In New York City, residents are protected by a long-standing law that’s been in effect since 1965 to prevent discrimination against specific groups called “protected classes.” You can’t be denied a taxi… Read more »

Men at Work — Harassment Happens to Them, Too

Think sexual harassment at work only happens to women? Think again. Men are often victims, too. Although men at work are far less likely to report gender discrimination in the workplace, it happens — and it can be devastating. Hard-working guys have just as much right to a comfortable workplace and opportunities for advancement as… Read more »

Bullying on the Job Can Take a Devastating Toll

With all of the latest attention on stopping the rise of bullying in our schools, you’d think it only happens to kids. But bullying by adults — specifically bosses and co-workers — isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s been happening for years and goes on all of the time. It may be surprising to learn that… Read more »

Harassment on the Job

Do you look forward to going to work in New York City as a productive team member who achieves goals through mutual respect and teamwork? Or do you dread the next day because of a hostile atmosphere that stunts your creativity and growth? A positive work environment can make the difference between success and failure… Read more »