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Beranbaum Menken LLP Names Scott Simpson Partner

Beranbaum Menken LLP is pleased to announce that on January 1, the firm elevated Scott Simpson to Partner.  Scott joined the firm in 2015 after seven years as a criminal defense attorney at the Bronx Defenders, where he tried numerous jury trials and spent his last two years there as a supervising attorney.  Since joining [...]

Beranbaum Menken Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit on Behalf of Staff Attorney at Public Defender Organization

Alexandra Bonacarti has been a Staff Attorney with the New York County Defender Service (“NYCDS”) for twenty years, distinguishing herself as a talented, dedicated, and highly effective advocate for indigent clients. For years, Ms. Bonacarti was sexually harassed by Christopher Boyle, another staff attorney who NYCDS eventually promoted to a supervisory position.  When Ms. Bonacarti [...]

Beranbaum Menken Settles Disability Discrimination Suit for over a Half-Million Dollars

After two years of litigation in federal court, Beranbaum Menken partner Bruce Menken and associate Grace Cretcher recently settled Dr. Doe’s case against the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation for $559,000. Dr. Doe, who had worked first as a dentist at Riker’s Island treating jail inmates and then at a HHC affiliated clinic treating the [...]

John Beranbaum to speak at forum on “Psychological Issues in Employment Law”

Beranbaum Menken LLP’s John Beranbaum will be speaking at a forum on “Psychological Issues in Employment Law 2015″ on March 2, 2016. His talk will focus on Ethical Issues and Professional Responsibilities when representing employees with mental disabilities. The forum is being held by the Practicing Law Institute, at 1177 Avenue of the Americas, New [...]

SUPREME COURT RECOGNIZES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court held that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states. Beranbaum Menken associate Grace Cretcher played a small role in this result; when she served as law clerk to District Court Judge Timothy S. Black of the Southern District of Ohio, she helped draft the [...]

Supreme Court Requires Accommodation for Religious Employees

In 2008, Samantha Elauf, a Muslim teenager who wears a headscarf, applied for a position with Abercrombie & Fitch, a clothing retailer. She was qualified for the position and the Abercrombie employee who interviewed her acknowledged as much, giving her an interview score that should have led the company to hire her. Instead, Abercrombie rejected [...]

Ex-JPMorgan Chase Assistant Bank Manager Defeats Defeats Bank’s Summary Judgment Motion

On February 18, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered an Order denying JPMorgan’s Chase’s Motion for Summary Judgment, thereby allowing our client, Vyacheslav Digilov to proceed to trial against the bank on his claims of age discrimination and unlawful retaliation. Mr. Digilov, who is now 62 years, emigrated [...]

Beranbaum Menken Welcomes Two Talented Associates

Beranbaum Menken is pleased to announce that two new associates have started work this fall.  Grace Cretcher is a 2012 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and come to us after a two year clerkship with the Hon. Timothy S. Black of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  Abigail Cook-Mack is [...]

EEOC Finds Federal Bureau of Prisons Retaliated Against Female Employee Who Successfully Sued the Agency for Sexual Harassment

This story goes back to 2003 when Etta Traynham, a Recreational Specialist at the Bureau of Prison’s (BOP) Metropolitan Correctional Center, first complained to her supervisor about her co-worker’s sexual harassment. In response, BOP did nothing, and the sexual harassment got worse. Things only changed after Traynham retained Beranbaum Menken LLP, which in January 2007, [...]

NYCT Bus Driver Reinstated with Full Back Pay

The New York City Transit Authority had fired a bus driver, Paul Panagios, for allegedly engaging in a fight with another bus driver. In fact, the other bus driver, without provocation, had assaulted Mr. Panagios during his break. Retained by the Transit Workers Union, Local 1056, Beranbaum Menken LLP represented Mr. Panagios before an impartial [...]