February 7, 2020

Head of MCB Labor & Employment practice, Partner Valerie K. Ferrier, obtained a favorable result for our client hospital in Queens County.  MCB moved to dismiss this action involving three claims of age discrimination by a retired doctor, based on a signed release of all such claims, as well as a claim for breach of contract, and for an award of attorney’s fees, pursuant to...

On January 6, 2020, the statewide salary history ban, Labor Law Section 194-A, went into effect for New York. The law prohibits both public and private employers from asking prospective or current employees about their salary history, including compensation and benefits, either orally or in writing. The law applies to all positions that will be based primarily in the state,...

In 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (the appellate jurisdiction that includes New York) held that settlements of federal wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) required the District Court’s review and approval pursuant. The case is Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House, Inc., 796 F.3d 199. District Courts judges, however, were split as to wheth...

            Since the start of the so-called “#MeToo Era,” more and more women who experienced sexual harassment at work have gone public with stories of bad behavior from their male colleagues. It seems that it was only a matter of time before the inverse surfaced: men alleging reverse gender discrimination. Two recent cases from the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...

July 22, 2019

As expected earlier this year, when Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, on Thursday the House voted to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 an hour for a decade. Predictably, the measure passed along party lines, 231-199, with only three Republicans voting in favor, a...

June 25, 2019

Following the first public hearings on sexual harassment since the early 1990s, New York passed legislation enacting major changes and the potential for much greater liability for employers in the state. The law will apply to all employees and non-employees, such as independent contractors. The changes liberalize the State Human Rights Law (“HRL”) and harmonize parts of it...

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