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Wigdor LLP is known by the press for taking on important and ground-breaking matters. Our work and accomplishments are frequently covered by leading national and local media, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, BBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Bloomberg, Reuters, the Daily News and virtually every other major broadcast network.

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Wigdor LLP founding partner Douglas Wigdor recognized as a Legal Leader for being one of the top employment lawyers in New York.

In addition to Mr. Wigdor being recognized as a legal leader, he has also been awarded Best Lawyer & Super Lawyer status for his discrimination and litigation work. In addition, the Firm has promoted David Gottlieb and Larry Pearson to Partner & hired Scott Grubin, a former in-house lawyer at Knight Capital, as of counsel.

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Douglas H. Wigdor comments on Clarification of “But For” Standard in Age Discrimination & Retaliation Claims

In a recent Law 360 article Wigdor LLP’s founding partner comments on the US Supreme Court Ruling which clarifies that the “but for” standard has, as Douglas Wigdor clarifies, “multiple interpretations”. Previous decisions saw the court interpret the desire to retaliate being the “but for” cause of adverse employment action – now the court accepts that it may be a “but for” cause and not the sole standard as previously thought. The Burrage decision – which saw the Supreme Court strike down a drug dealer’s conviction for selling heroin that resulted in a drug user’s death, has now affirmed the proper interpretation of the “but for” standard which signals a win for plaintiffs’ trying to get their retaliation claims heard.

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Worker Bias Claims Bolstered by High Court Criminal Case 
March 31, 2014
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Prior Victims of Con Edison Alleged Negligence Unite at Wigdor LLP in Support of Victims of East Harlem Tragedy

Wigdor LLP organized a press conference for previous Wigdor LLP clients as well as their family and friends, to unite in support of the victims of the East Harlem tragedy. Together they called on Con Ed and New York City to replace the City’s crumbling, utility-related infrastructure with safe, modern equipment. Wigdor LLP, having represented four prior victims of alleged Con Edison negligence, knows firsthand the devastation these incidents cause to victims and their families. Currently the firm represents Kim Tinnin, the mother of Lauren Abraham who tragically died as a result of a downed power line outside her home during Hurricane Sandy in a lawsuit against Con Edison. Wigdor LLP has worked tirelessly to achieve justice for victims of Con Edison negligence and will continue to fight for a safer New York.

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March 19, 2014
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March 19, 2014
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Douglas H. Wigdor evaluates President Obama’s newly proposed Overtime Protections

In a recent Law 360 article, Employment Litigator Douglas Wigdor discusses President Obama’s proposed extension to the rules governing overtime pay which will seek to increase the number of employees that qualify for overtime. Wigdor calls for clarity from the Department of Labor that will assist not only plaintiff lawyers, but will provide guidance for companies when compensating their employees.

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“Obama’s OT Expansion Could Hit Restaurants,Retailers Hard”
March 12, 2014
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Douglas H. Wigdor discusses increase in Alleged Violations of Family Medical Leave Act

Founding Partner at Wigdor LLP, Douglas H. Wigdor was asked to give his comments in a Reuters Legal article discussing the rise in lawsuits brought under the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Wigdor LLP has recently seen an increase in potential cases at the firm revolving around violations of the FMLA based on women and their maternity leave.

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“After huge jump, U.S. wage-and-hour filings dip in 2013″
March 11, 2014
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Wigdor LLP Founding Partner quoted in Article Discussing Recent Supreme Court Case

Employment Litigator and Founding Partner Douglas H. Wigdor was recently asked to give an opinion in a Law 360 article centering on the issue of whether time spent performing post- shift security checks is compensable. The Supreme Court decision will seek to clarify the ambiguity surrounding what activities constitute work that employees must be paid for under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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“Amazon Workers’ High Court Case Could Reshape FLSA”
March 03, 2014
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Employment Litigator and Founding Partner Douglas H. Wigdor to serve on Super Lawyers Blue Ribbon Panel

Mr. Wigdor was recently selected as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for Super Lawyers in the employment litigation / labor and employment field after receiving one of the highest point totals in the Super Lawyers rankings. As a Blue Ribbon Panelist, Mr. Wigdor will rate other candidates and provide recommendations regarding the candidacy of other lawyers to the prestigious Super Lawyers rankings.

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Employment Discrimination Litigator Douglas H. Wigdor Named to Law360 Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board

As a founding partner at Wigdor LLP and as one of the top employment discrimination and harassment lawyers, Mr. Wigdor has been asked by Law360 to become a member of their 2014 Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board. Members of this board serve as a resource for Law360 to get feedback on the publication’s coverage in addition to insight from experts in the field, such as Mr. Wigdor.

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“Law360 Employment Editorial Advisory Board”
February 24, 2014
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Wigdor speaks at former partner Ken Thompson’s inauguration along with Senator Schumer and Mayor De Blasio

Mr. Douglas Wigdor speaks at former partner Ken Thompson’s inauguration along with Senator Schumer and Mayor De Blasio.

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“De Blasio celebrates Ken Thompson’s ‘historic moment’”
February 10, 2014
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Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Unlawful Retaliation at Excel Dentistry

Wigdor LLP currently represents former office manager Claudine Wermann in an action against Excel Dentistry and Dr. George Michael Medeiros. As alleged in the complaint, employees and patients were victims of Dr. Medeiros’ sexually charged rants and an inability to keep his hands off their breasts, groins and behinds. Dr. Medeiros repeatedly made sexually explicit and derogatory comments towards Ms. Wermann throughout her four year employment. Following Ms. Wermann’s termination via text message citing poor job performance, Defendants then challenged her unemployment insurance benefits allegedly in retaliation for her anticipated lawsuit.

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“Dentist groped employees and patients: lawsuit”
October 06, 2013
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Wigdor LLP files lawsuit against large manufacturer for Age Discrimination and overtime violations

Wigdor LLP currently represents Robert Dobkin in a lawsuit against U.S. Seal Manufacturers after his employment was terminated following a remarkable fifty one years of service. Mr. Dobkin- a loyal and dedicated employee, as alleged in the complaint, was unlawfully terminated from the company due to a ‘reduction – in- force’. However this reduction transpired to affect one and only person, the longest serving employee- Mr. Dobkin.

New York Daily News
“Long Island man, 76, sues company for age discrimination after ‘workforce reduction’ of one man”
February 13, 2014
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Wigdor LLP discrimination case featured as biggest case NY attorneys will be watching in 2014

For the second year in a row, a Wigdor LLP case was recognized by Law360 as one of the top cases that lawyers are watching.

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“New York Cases to Watch in 2014″
January 01, 2014
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Unlawful Retaliation at The Change Group

Wigdor LLP currently represents Gerald Giraldo, a former sales consultant at The Change Group, an international currency exchange company.  As alleged in the Complaint, Mr. Giraldo was terminated after making an anonymous email complaint of widespread discrimination, sexual harassment and unlawful retaliation by management.  Later on the same day, Mr. Giraldo received a response to the email that said “Game Over” and indicated that it was believed that he was the author of the anonymous complaint.  He was fired shortly thereafter.

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New York Daily News
“Gay Employee told ‘game over’ after reporting discrimination to execs: suit”
January 22, 2014
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Assault in Rockville Centre

Wigdor LLP represents a husband and wife from Rockville Centre who were, as alleged in the complaint, assaulted by a group of teenagers who had been drinking before the beating.

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January 7, 2014
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January 23, 2014
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Wigdor LLP represents former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams Nicolai

Wigdor LLP is currently representing Stephanie Adams Nicolai in an alleged sexual harassment lawsuit that has garnered significant media attention.

New York Post
“‘Fired for being too cute’ by ex-Playmate boss”
November 20, 2013
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Daily Mail
“Yoga instructor was fired by ex-Playboy Playmate for being ‘too cute’ but it was NOT discrimination, says her lawyer”
February 9, 2014
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“‘Too Cute’ Yoga Teacher Can’t Show Bias, Ex- Bosses Say”
February 10, 2014
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New York Daily News
“Playmate’s lawyer says firing ‘too cute’ yoga instructor not discrimination”
February 9, 2014
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Corporate Counsel
“Are Some Workers “Too Cute” To Employ?”
February 24, 2014
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Pregnancy Discrimination and Retaliation at Deutsche Bank

Wigdor LLP currently represents Kelley Voelker, a former Vice President at Deutsche Bank, who was fired after filing a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. Ms. Voelker’s lawsuit, which received press attention and notoriety when it was first filed in federal court details her efforts to break through the Bank’s glass ceiling, overcome “mommy-tracking,” and obtain a long-overdue promotion. After being told that nobody in her group would be affected by the layoffs at the Bank, Ms. Voelker was informed, after she complained just weeks prior about further retaliation, that she is the only employee among the approximately 500 employees to be affected as part of this supposedly wide-ranging reduction in force.

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Daily Mail
“Former Deutsche Bank VP Sues a Second Time After She Was ‘Fired for Claiming She Was Demoted for Having a Baby’ “
September 20, 2012
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Law 360
“Deutsche Worker Says She Was Axed Over ‘Mommy-Track’ Suit”
September 19, 2012
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ABC News
“Deutsche Bank Accused of Retaliation After Firing VP Who Sued for Being ‘Mommy-Tracked”
September 19, 2012
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Reuters
“Deutsche Bank VP Says Fired in Retaliation for Bias Case”
September 19, 2012
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ABC News
“Deutsche Bank VP Sues for Being ‘Mommy-Tracked”
September 14, 2011
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Reuters
“Deutsche Bank VP Sues, Alleges Bias Over Pregnancy”
September 12, 2011
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Recessionary Discrimination at Citigroup

Wigdor LLP represented one current and five former female employees alleging that Citigroup has a pattern and practice of discriminating on the basis of gender and/or pregnancy in terms of pay, promotion and layoffs. Douglas H. Wigdor, who was lead counsel in connection with a group of individual women in an alleged gender discrimination class action complaint against Dresdner Kleinwort, represented the women in this matter and has coined the phrase “Recessionary Discrimination” which is a growing trend by companies of using mass lay-offs to cover-up the discriminatory treatment and/or impact on groups of women, people of color and those over 40. The former Citigroup employees were featured in a Forbes magazine cover story investigating the impact that the economic downturn has had on women in the financial services industry.

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October 14, 2010

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NPR
“Citigroup Slammed With Lawsuit By Former Female Employees”
October 19, 2010
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The Wall Street Journal
“Suit Accuses Citigroup Of Discrimination”
October 14, 2010
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CNBC
“Citigroup Accused of Gender Discrimination in Suit”
October 14, 2010
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The Associated Press
“NY lawsuit: Citigroup used recession to fire women”
October 14, 2010
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Telegraph
“Citigroup accused of discrimination”
October 14, 2010
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Daily Mail
“Citigroup accused of sacking female staff… to save jobs of less-qualified men”
October 14, 2010
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New York Times
“6 Women Accuse Citigroup of Gender Bias”
October 13, 2010
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ABC News
“Citigroup Sued by 6 Women Alleging Gender Bias”
October 13, 2010
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ABC News
“Mothers Accuse Goldman Sachs, Citigroup of Discrimination”
October 13, 2010
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The Law Business Insider
“America’s Premier Lawyers Series – Top Verdicts” Featuring Douglas H. Wigdor
March 29, 2010
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Lawyers and Settlements Online
“Citigroup Engaged in Recessionary Discrimination says Attorney Wigdor”
March 13, 2009
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Forbes Magazine
“Terminated: Why the Women of Wall Street Are Disappearing”
March 16, 2009
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To the Contrary, Hosted by Bonnie Erbe
“Remembering Women – Discussing Recessionary Discrimination and Wigdor LLP’s case against Citi”
March 1, 2009
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The Independent (UK edition)
“Citi faces $1bn class claim on discrimination”
February 26, 2009
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Wigdor LLP files Sarbanes-Oxley case against Best Buy

Wigdor LLP currently represents Gary Embry in a Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower claim alleging that he was terminated in retaliation for exposing fraudulent and other unlawful conduct at Best Buy.

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Former Best Buy employee brings whistleblower retaliation lawsuit
December 16, 2013
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Wigdor LLP files class action on behalf of actor Rob Brown against Macy's and NYPD alleging racial profiling of customers

Wigdor LLP files class action on behalf of actor Rob Brown against Macy’s and NYPD alleging racial profiling of customers

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November 13, 2013

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Macy’s hit with federal class action suit over ‘shop-and-frisk’ arrests
November 13, 2013
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New York Daily News
‘Treme’ actor Rob Brown hits Macy’s with class action ‘shopping while black’ lawsuit
November 13, 2013
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Reuters
“Treme” actor pursues class-action profiling lawsuit vs Macy’s
November 13, 2013 »
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Macy’s slapped with federal class action lawsuit over racial-profiling
November 13, 2013 »
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ABC News
Black Actor Alleges ‘Nationwide Pattern’ of Profiling in 2nd Suit Against Macy’s
November 13, 2013 »
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Shop and Frisk press conference at Police Plaza
April 3, 2014
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Keep Your Bonus, Don’t Give Away Your Rights by Scott G. Grubin

We strive to provide practical and commercial legal advice to solve our clients most pressing legal problems. While our clients have told us they are interested in learning about trends, developments and legal issues that may pertain to them; they have also made it clear they don’t have the time or the desire to read lengthy newsletters which only require them to distill what’s relevant to them. Our client notes highlight timely and relevant issues and trends in an easy to read bullet point email for our client’s instant consideration.

Our latest installment focuses on year-end bonus issues. If you want to discuss how any of these issues may relate to your unique situation, call us.

Keep Your Bonus, Don’t Give Away Your Rights
January 1, 2014
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Employees Rejoice – Employers Beware: Second Circuit Minimizes Burden For Plaintiffs On Retaliation Claims by Michael J. Willemin

Wigdor LLP’s Michael J. Willemin discusses the recent decision in Kwan v. The Andalex Group. The decision alleviates some of the obstacles employees face in getting a retaliation claim to trial. Mr. Willemin discusses the Second Circuit’s decision from the perspective of both an employee and employer – highlighting aspects of the decision that make it easier for employees to sustain their retaliation claim through trial, while offering advice to employers regarding the impact of the decision and the important of maintaining a consistent explanation for any termination decision.

Employees Rejoice – Employers Beware: Second Circuit Minimizes Burden For Plaintiffs On Retaliation Claims
February 10, 2014
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Pregnancy Discrimination at Goldman Sachs

Wigdor LLP represented a former Vice President of Goldman Sachs in a lawsuit pending in the Southern District of New York. As alleged in the Complaint, the former executive was “mommy-tracked” after returning from her first pregnancy leave and then terminated while she was on maternity leave for her second child.

ABC News
“Mothers Accuse Goldman Sachs, Citigroup of Discrimination”
March 29, 2010
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“Former executive suing Goldman Sachs, claiming she was ‘mommy tracked’”
March 25, 2010
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The Wall Street Journal
“Suit: Goldman ‘Mommy-Tracked’ Executive”
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“Ex-VP Sues Goldman Over “Mommy Track”
March 24, 2010
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Bloomberg Business Week
“Goldman Sued for Pregnancy Bias by Ex-Vice President (Update3)”
March 24, 2010
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Wigdor LLP files lawsuit against Con Ed for wrongful death

Wigdor LLP currently represents Kim Tinnin, the mother of Lauren Abraham, who was tragically killed by a downed power line in a lawsuit against Con Edison.

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The New York Times
“Con Ed Sued Over Woman’s Death in Hurricane”
September 18, 2013
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New York Post
“Mom sues Con Ed after daughter electrocuted during Sandy”
September 18, 2013
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New York Daily News
“Mom of Queens woman killed by severed wire during Hurricane Sandy sues Con Ed for failing to shut down power”
September 18, 2013
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Wage Claim on behalf of instructors at SoulCycle

Wigdor LLP currently represents a former “spin” instructor from SoulCycle in a class action alleging that the company engages in unlawful wage payment practices.

Daily News
“SoulCycle labor and wage violations ‘spinning out of control,’ class-action suit claims”
May 3, 2013
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“Lawsuit: SoulCycle Underpaying its Instructors”
May 4, 2013
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The Wall Street Journal
“Former SoulCycle Instructor Files Class Action Alleging Improper Pay”
May 3, 2013
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Huff Post New York
“SoulCycle Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Instructors Are Not Paid Enough”
May 3, 2013
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Whistleblower Complaint Against Deutsche Bank

Wigdor LLP currently represents a former Director at Deutsche Bank in a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower lawsuit that alleges he was terminated in retaliation for complaining to senior management about tax overcharges to clients and systemic problems with the Bank’s trading systems and reconciliation processes, which put the Bank at critical risk of liability for client losses and legal violations.

Huffington Post
Gary DeDilectis Claims He Was Fired By Deutsche For Raising Concerns About Bank’s Systems, Charges
March 6, 2013
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Bloomberg
“Ex-Deutsche Bank Worker Says He Was Fired Over Complaints”
March 6, 2013
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The Telegraph
“Deutsche Bank ‘overcharged investors by millions of dollars in British stamp duty’”
March 6, 2013
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Reuters
“Ex-Deutsche Bank worker says was fired after speaking out – lawsuit”
March 6, 2013
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Fox Business
“Ex-Deutsche Bank worker says was fired after speaking out: lawsuit”
March 6, 2013
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Wage Violations at P.J. Clarke’s

Wigdor LLP currently represents a former bartender at P.J. Clarke’s in a class action alleging that the restaurant engaged in unlawful wage payment practices and misrepresented employee income to the Internal Revenue Service.

New York Daily News
“Former Bartender at P.J. Clarke’s files class action lawsuit against legendary pub for labor violations”
November 16, 2012
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Failure To Pay Overtime Compensation At CitiMortgage Inc

Wigdor LLP represents current and former Home Lending Specialists, Loan Consultants, and other similar mortgage lending specialist employees against CitiMortgage Inc. and other related entities (“Citi”) for their failure to pay overtime compensation over the last six years. On November 22, 2011, the Court denied Citi’s attempt to dismiss the case, denied Citi’s attempt to compel arbitration, and granted Plaintiffs’ motion for conditional certification of a collective action against Citi.

Thomson Reuters
“2nd Circuit Weighs Impact of Arbitration Clauses on Wage-and-Hour Cases”
March 21, 2013
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Law 360
“Citi Lending Specialists Win Conditional Cert. In OT Row”
Nov. 23, 2011
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Law 360
“2nd Circ. To Weigh FLSA Class Waivers In Citigroup Case”
March 18, 2013
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New York Law Journal
“Collective Action Wage-and-Hour Case Moves Forward”
Nov. 29, 2011
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Wigdor LLP Represents Two Women in Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Claims Against Titan Capital Group

Wigdor LLP currently represents Danielle Pecile and Cristina Culicea in their sexual harassment and retaliation claims against their former employer Titan Capital Group and Epstein Becker & Green – their former counsel. The complaint details the harassing conduct of Marc and Russell Abrams which include Ms. Pecile and Ms. Culicea being subjected to nude photographs of Sandra Abrams – the wife of Russell Abrams as well as explicit threats made by Marc Abrams.

Thomson Reuters News & Insight
“Appeals court rules privilege in topless-photos case”
May 25, 2011
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Employment Law 360
“Epstein Becker Sanctioned in Suit Over Topless Photos”
November 5, 2009
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New York Law Journal
“Court Sanctions Firm That Sued Adversary in Discrimination Suit”
November 5, 2009
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New York Post
“Frivolous Lawyer Fined”
November 5, 2009
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New York Post
“Sex Harass ‘Shakedown’”
July 24, 2009
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New York Post
“On Edge At Hedge”
July 25, 2009
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Daily News
“Hedge Fund’s Legal Mess Over Nude Pix”
July 24, 2009
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Law 360
“Nude Pics Fair Game In Titan Capital Sexual Harassment Row”
January 23, 2014
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