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One doesn’t have to go very far into the Interwebs to find stories, often accompanied by video(s), of people behaving badly. Recent examples include a lawyer’s racist tirade at a midtown deli, and a woman’s racist outburst on a NYC subway train. If – and, let’s face it, when – their employer(s)[1]As always, unless otherwise […]

In Coyle v. College of Westchester, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 07699, 2018 NY Slip Op 07699 (App. Div. 2d Dept. Nov. 14, 2014), the court – in addition to affirming the dismissal of plaintiff’s Labor Law § 740 cause of action – also affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s “fraudulent inducement” claim. The court summarized the well-established, current […]

In Grewal v. Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca LLP, No. 13-CV-6836 (RA), 2017 WL 1215752 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017), the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the plaintiff’s breach of contract claim, but granted it as to her national origin-based hostile work environment claims. In this case, plaintiff – a lawyer of Indian national […]

Happy Flag Day! Did you know that in New York, it is unlawful for an employer to punish you for displaying the American flag on your person or work station? New York Labor Law § 215-c, titled “Discrimination against employees for displaying the American flag”, provides: 1. No employer, public or private, or such employer’s duly […]

In Holahan v. 488 Performance Group, Inc., 2016 NY Slip Op 04311 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 2, 2016), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s breach-of-employment-contract claim, as well as her claims of unjust enrichment, promissory estoppel, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation. From the decision: Plaintiff’s breach of contract claim, which alleged that the corporate defendant […]

By now you’ve probably heard/read about Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon, who was caught on a now-viral YouTube video attacking an Uber driver. Reports indicate that her employer, Jackson Health System, has placed her on administrative leave. The video suggests that Dr. Ramkissoon was not working or “on the clock” during the incident. This raises the question of whether, and to what […]

According to one source, four out of 10 employees have dated someone at work. This, according to that article, “makes perfect sense [because] [t]here are more singles in the workforce than ever before, spending more than half their waking hours on the job[ and] [w]ith co-workers there’s a familiarity and commonality, not to mention proximity and […]

In Laduzinski v. Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLC (App. Div. 1st Dept. Aug. 25, 2015), the Appellate Division, First Department permitted a fraudulent inducement claim to continue against a new employer who lured an employee away from another job. Plaintiff voluntarily quit his job with J.P. Morgan to work for another entity (referred to by the […]

Many employers use handbooks or manuals that provide details and instructions to employees regarding the terms and conditions of employment. Under certain limited circumstances, an employment manual/handbook may the source of contractual rights. A recent decision, Kunda v. Caremark PhC, L.L.C., No. 14-CV-6125 JFB AYS, 2015 WL 4768817 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 13, 2015), addresses the issue. In that case, the […]

In Cruz v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., the Second Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a bank officer’s claim of breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The court cited the rule of “at will employment” in New York and its narrow exception, based on the New York Court of Appeals’ decision […]