Wage & Hour Issues

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…

Read More Just Sue It: Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Nike

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…

Read More Court Declines to Adopt “Celebrity Exception” to Public Access to Settlement Agreement in Age Discrimination, Wage Lawsuit Against Busta Rhymes

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…

Read More Ninth Circuit Holds that Salary History May Not Justify Gender Pay Differential Under the Equal Pay Act [Rizo v. Yovino]

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…

Read More Equal Pay Act Claims Continue; Summary Judgment Inappropriate for Plaintiff and Defendant

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 ……

Read More Court Holds That Statutory Attorney Fees May Be Waived in Arbitration

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 –…

Read More Executive Assistant Fell Within Wage Laws’ Administrative Exemption; Not Entitled to Overtime