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Buried within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017) is a provision, at Sec. 13307, titled “Denial of Deduction for Settlements Subject to Nondisclosure Agreements Paid in Connection With Sexual Harassment or Sexual Abuse”. This section amends Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C.) 162 by adding a new section, section 162(q), […]

“Should I accept this settlement offer?” “What is my case worth?” I have been asked these, and similar, questions many times by my clients. They are excellent questions, and the client’s motivation for them is clear and understandable: they have been presented with an option – accept or reject a settlement offer, appeal or leave […]

A recent upstate appellate decision addresses the correlation between a sexual harassment claim, on the one hand, and workers’ compensation benefits, on the other. In Shiner v. Suny at Buffalo, No. 522762, 2016 WL 6782717, (N.Y. App. Div. 3d Dept. Nov. 17, 2016), the court affirmed the Workers Compensation Board’s decision that claimant’s failure to obtain […]

An upstate sexual harassment lawsuit, Knapp v. General Electric Company, 16-cv-00340, has been settled (under undisclosed terms) following mandatory mediation. Plaintiff alleged, in her March 23, 2016 federal court complaint, that she was constructively discharged after she complained about sexual harassment. Specifically, plaintiff alleged (e.g.) that a supervisor left her notes such as “you look sexy […]

In McLeod v. Post Graduate Ctr. for Mental Health, No. 14-cv-10041, 2016 WL 6126014 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2016), SDNY Magistrate Judge Francis issued a Report & Recommendation that the court grant defendants’ motion to enforce a post-mediation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) settling plaintiff’s employment discrimination case pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act […]

NYPD Officer Ann Cardenas, indicated, in an October 20, 2016 filing, that she has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against defendants the City of New York, Sergeant David John, and Police Officer Angel Colon. The Daily News reports that the settlement amount is $535,000, allocated as $500,000 from the City, $20,000 from John, and $15,000 […]

A recent decision, Smith v. JPMorgan Chase, No. 15 CIV. 808 (PAE), 2016 WL 5339548 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2016), is instructive on the law governing settlement agreements, including those claimed to bar Title VII discrimination claims. In this case, the African American plaintiff alleged that she “was terminated after an internal investigation for a violation of […]

Fox News has settled Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against former network president Roger Ailes for $20 million. DailyMail.com cites the following as a statement issued by Fox: 21st Century Fox is pleased to announce that it has settled Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit. During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism. She […]

Here is the August 1, 2016 EEOC consent decree, reflecting a $150,000 settlement, in the sexual harassment/hostile work environment lawsuit captioned EEOC v. Hillcrest Marshall, Inc. d/b/a Dunkin Donuts, SDNY 15-cv-07293 (you can read about the complaint here):

It has been reported that Queens physical education teacher Peter Maliarakis has settled his “whistleblowing” retaliation lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education, Principal Namita Dwarka, and others. He alleges in his 2014 lawsuit (here and below), among other things, that the school administration retaliated against him after he told an Office of Special Investigation (OSI) […]