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Home Attendant Minimum Wage Class Action Certified

Beranbaum Menken is representing numerous home attendants who were not paid the minimum wage for each hour of their 24 hour shifts.  Our clients work an important and difficult job, caring for the aged and infirm in their homes, and they deserve to at least be paid for the hours they work. Yesterday, Justice Demarest [...]

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, [...]

Interns Now Protected Under The New York City Human Rights Law

As we’ve discussed here before, most interns are really illegally unpaid employees.  But until now, a bona-fide intern, one who is not in reality an employee, was not protected by the New York City Human Rights Law (HRL).  That meant interns might be considered fair game for sexual harassment, might be denied a reasonable accommodation [...]

Prevailing Wage Case Headed to New York Court of Appeals

Beranbaum Menken’s fight on behalf of SimplexGrinnell employees is headed to New York State’s highest court.  We had filed a class action lawsuit in the federal court in Brooklyn, New York on behalf of Simplex’s employees to recover prevailing wages for fire alarm and sprinkler work on public projects throughout the State of New York.  [...]

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 [...]

Third Circuit Reverses Lower Court’s Dismissal of Client’s Sexual Harassment Claim

Marissa Estabrook is one step closer to having vindicated her right to a workplace free of sexual and retaliation. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last month reversed a decision by the U.S. District Court for New Jersey dismissing Ms. Estabrook’s sexual harassment and retaliation Complaint against her former employer, Safety [...]

Pregnant Women in NYC Get Accommodations Starting Today!

We’ve written before about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which requires employers with 4+ employees to provide pregnant workers with reasonable accommodations for their pregnancy, child-birth, or pregnancy/child-birth related medical conditions (like, say, gestational diabetes). Such accommodations might include more frequent breaks, not having to lift heavy things for a few months, or taking some [...]

There Are No “Volunteers” for the NFL, Just Unpaid Employees

Federal and New York State labor laws make one thing very clear – if you work, you have to get paid the minimum wage.  This is so basic that it’s easy to lose sight of.  Of course, people may still do charitable volunteer work.  But that work has to be for public service, religious, or [...]

Raising the Bar for NY Employees: Minimum Wage Hike

New York’s minimum wage increased from $7.25 to $8 per hour on December 31, 2013. This is the first of three increases approved by the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo when they approved the state budget in March. That may not seem like a lot, but that can easily add up to over $1,500/year, [...]