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In a recently-filed lawsuit, captioned Kelly Cahill et al v. Nike, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Index No. 18-cv-01477, filed August 9, 2018), the plaintiffs (individually and on behalf of others similarly situated) allege gender discrimination under the federal Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d) and related state laws (the […]

In Leist v. JMC Pharmacy Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op 04974 (App. Div. 1st Dept. July 5, 2018), the court unanimously affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim for breach of contract. From the decision/order: There is no written contract, and the documents submitted by plaintiffs in an effort to show a purported meeting of the minds […]

Celebrities – they’re just like us! That is one take-away from a recent Eastern District of New York decision, Jones v. Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., a/k/a Busta Rhymes et al, 16-cv-2194, 2018 WL 2227990 (E.D.N.Y. May 14, 2018) (M.J. Levy). There, plaintiff sued Busta Rhymes and Starbus LLC, alleging “that, while employed by defendants as [Busta]’s […]

In Rizo v. Yovino, No. 16-15372 (9th Cir. Apr. 9, 2018) (en banc), an en banc (i.e., full) panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that prior salary alone or in combination with other factors cannot justify a wage differential between male and female employees under the “catchall” exception of the […]

In MICHELLE TULINO, Plaintiff, v. THE CITY OF NEW YORK, et al., Defendants., 2018 WL 1568970, at *3 (S.D.N.Y., 2018), the court held that neither party was entitled to summary judgment on her Equal Pay Act (federal and New York State) claims. The court explained the elements of such claims: [A] plaintiff must demonstrate that […]

Below is a copy of the federal court complaint, captioned Avery v. Le Bernardin, Inc. et al, SDNY 18-cv-00626 (filed Jan. 24, 2018), against restaurant Le Bernardin, Inc., Maguy Le Coze, and Eric Ripert. The complaint alleges, inter alia, that defendant failed to pay plaintiff lawful wages; that “Women at Le Bernardin are sexually harassed, […]

Pursuant to New York City’s salary history ban, effective today, it is unlawful for public and private employers of any size in New York City to ask about a job applicant’s salary history during the hiring process – including in advertisements, on applications, or in interviews.

In Schiferle v. Capital Fence Co., Inc., 2017 NY Slip Op 07059 (App. Div. 4th Dept. Oct. 6, 2017), the court held that “a wage claimant may, in certain circumstances, validly waive their statutory right to attorney’s fees under [Labor Law §] 198.” The court held that those circumstances were present here. From the decision: Plaintiff … […]

In Dineley v. Coach, Inc., No. 16CV3197 (DLC), 2017 WL 2963499 (S.D.N.Y. July 11, 2017), the court (inter alia) held that an executive assistant was not entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act or the New York Labor Law, because she was subject to the “administrative” exemption under the statutes. That exemption – […]

On May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Introduction 1253-2016, a Local Law law that prohibits all NYC employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history. It takes effect 180 days after enactment. The Mayor underscored the purpose of the law, namely, stamping out income inequality: It is unacceptable that […]