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WIGDOR LLP BRINGS CLASS ACTION DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST RANA PASTIFICIO & CUCINA

Wigdor LLP has filed a class action discrimination and retaliation action against Giovanni Rana’s New York City restaurant and pasta store, Rana Pastificio & Cucina. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges that the Defendants discriminated against employees based on their non-Italian ethnicity and national origin. The lawsuit points to discriminatory hiring practices and the disparate treatment of non-Italian employees and customers, along with retaliation against employees who complained about the discriminatory practices. As a class action, the lawsuit seeks to secure relief on behalf of Rana Pastificio & Cucina’s former and current non-Italian employees.

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NY Post
“Italian restaurant accused of favoring Italian employees”
May 22, 2016
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‘How Do We Have Black People Selling Pasta?’ Restaurant Owner Asked: Suit
May 25, 2016
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Wigdor LLP Client Files Sexual Assault and Retaliation Complaint Against Turing Pharmaceuticals

Wigdor LLP currently represents Ms. Nancy Retzlaff, the Chief Commercial Officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals who alleges that she was sexually harassed and assaulted by a former executive and retaliated against after the sexual harassment was reported.

The New York Times
“Turing Pharmaceuticals Accused of Retaliating for Sex Assault Complaint”
August 23, 2016
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Law360
“Turing Exec Says Punishment Followed Sex Assault Inquiry”
August 23, 2016
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WIGDOR LLP FILES CLASS ACTION AGAINST THE NEW YORK TIMES – ADVERTISING EMPLOYEES SUFFERED AGE, RACE AND GENDER DISCRIMINATION UNDER REGIME OF NEW EXECUTIVES

Wigdor LLP represents Plaintiffs and Class Representatives Marjorie Walker and Ernestine Grant in a class action against The New York Times Company, its President and CEO Mark Thompson, and Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Meredith Levien for fostering “an environment rife with discrimination based on age, race, and gender.” The lawsuit, filed on April 28, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that the two Plaintiffs, both of whom are Black female employees in their 60s who work in the Times’s Advertising division, suffered various forms of discriminatory conduct by Times management, including being “denied the opportunities to earn as much as [their] younger white peers because of [their] age, race and/or gender.” The Complaint also states that Plaintiffs experienced older employees of color being “pushed out through buyouts, or outright terminated” with vacancies “rapidly filled by younger, white individuals.” Other discriminatory actions presented by Plaintiffs that were part of an agenda by Times executives to replace even high-performing and experienced older and minority employees with so-called “fresh faces” include discriminatory denial of promotions, gaps in level of compensation between younger white employees and their older minority counterparts, and inequality regarding perquisites and other advantages in attracting advertising customers. As a class action, the lawsuit seeks to secure relief for similarly situated older, minority and/or female current and former employees of the Times’s Advertising division to redress Defendants’ unlawful employment practices and discriminatory barriers to advancement.

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The Washington Post
April 28, 2016
“New York Times is hit with discrimination lawsuit”
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The Guardian
April 28,2016
“New York Times boss sued over alleged ageist, racist and sexist hiring practices”
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Law360
April 28,2016
“New York Times Hit With Discrimination Class Action”
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The New York Times
April 28, 2016
“Suit Accuses New York Times Executives of Bias”
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Gothamist
April 28, 2016
“New York Times Executives Sued For Alleged Race, Gender, Age Discrimination”
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CNN
April 28, 2016
“New York Times CEO Mark Thompson faces discrimination lawsuit”
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WPIX 11
New York Times Class Action: Douglas Wigdor and Class Representatives Interviewed by Mario Diaz
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CCRB Chair resigns one day after Complaint is filed

The chairman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (“CCRB”), Richard Emery, has resigned just one day after a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit was filed against him. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Emery discriminated and retaliated against Mina Malik, the Executive Director of the CCRB. Mr. Emery, who abruptly stepped down within 24 hours of the lawsuit being filed, has been at the center of the recent controversy surrounding the CCRB. Mr. Emery is already the subject of litigation by Ms. Malik’s predecessor, Tracy Catapano-Fox, who alleges she was fired after complaining to Mr. Emery about sexual harassment by CCRB board member Bishop Mitchell Taylor. Additionally, Mr. Emery’s resignation comes just two months after Mr. Emery apologized to the NYPD for saying police unions were “squealing like a stuck pig.”

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The Wall Street Journal
“Head of NYPD Watchdog Resigns’”
April 13, 2016
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Daily News
“Civilian Complaint Review Board Chairman Richard Emery steps down a day after he was sued over misogynistic comments”
April 13, 2016
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Fox5
“CCRB Chairman Richard Emery Resigns One Day After Complaint is Filed: Interview with Douglas Wigdor”
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NBC4NY
“CCRB Chairman Richard Emery Resigns One Day After Complaint is Filed: Interview with Douglas Wigdor”
April 13, 2016

PIX 11
“CCRB Chairman Richard Emery Resigns One Day After Complaint is Filed: Interview with Michael Willemin”
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The New York Times
“Richard Emery, Accused of Sexist Remarks, Quits Police Review Board”
April 13, 2016
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Law 360
“NY Civilian Review Board Chair Quits After Retaliation Suit”
April 13, 2016
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New York Post
“Good riddance to cop-bashing CCRB chief Richard Emery”
April 13, 2016
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Daily News
“Civilian Complaint Review Board Chairman Richard Emery steps down a day after he was sued over misogynistic comments”
April 14, 2016
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New York Post
“CCRB director withdraws suit”
April 26, 2016
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New York Daily News
“CCRB director drops suit that accused ex-chair Richard Emery of sexist language ”
April 26, 2016
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Wigdor LLP represents Executive Director of CCRB, who was retaliated against after complaining of Chairman’s use of vulgar sexual term

On April 12, 2016 Wigdor LLP filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court on behalf of Plaintiffs, Mina Malik and Dr. Robia Charles against Defendants Richard Emery, Chairman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (“CCRB”) and the City of New York alleging gender based discrimination and retaliatory employment practices committed in violation of the New York Human Rights Law, New York Executive Laws and New York City Human Rights Law. Ms. Malik is the Executive Director of the CCRB and Dr. Robia Charles is the CCRB’s Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Strategic Initiatives. Allegations include that: Mr. Emery referred to female plaintiffs as “pu****s;” the New York City Equal Employment Opportunity Office sat on Ms. Malik’s complaint for unlawful discrimination and retaliation for five months and took no action; Mr. Emery started to take retaliatory actions in response to Ms. Malik’s formal complaint and began to undermine her authority and limit her responsibilities; Mr. Emery subjected Dr. Charles (who is currently pregnant and expecting in June) to discriminatory and retaliatory action immediately after she filed a formal complaint of unlawful discrimination and retaliation; Mr. Emery started to lay the groundwork for Plaintiffs’ terminations.

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New York Post
“Chairman called me a p—y and won’t let me do my job’’”
April 13, 2016
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Daily News
“EXCLUSIVE: Civilian Complaint Review Board chair Richard Emery retaliated against employee who complained about him calling others ‘pu—-s’: suit” Parties”
April 12, 2016
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Wigdor LLP Files Class Action Against Domino's Alleging Institutional Wage Violations

Wigdor LLP represents the plaintiff and putative class in a wage and hour class action filed against Domino’s. The complaint alleges that Domino’s has repeatedly been rebuked for unlawful wage violations and mistreatment of employees by the New York State Attorney General and its franchisees have been required to pay millions of dollars to remedy unlawful wage practices in recent years. This action seeks to hold Domino’s liable as franchisor for the continuing wage violations committed by its franchisees.

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Law 360
“Domino’s Should Pay For Franchise Wage Violations, Suit Says’”
April 4, 2016
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Grubstreet
“Domino’s Sued Again for Allegedly Paying Workers Less Than Minimum Wage”
April 5, 2016
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Reuters
“Lawsuit says Domino’s a joint employer of franchise workers”
April 5, 2016
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Franchise Times
“New day’ for joint employer litigation”
May 2016
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WIGDOR LLP REPRESENTS NINE FORMER STORE DETECTIVES IN DISCRIMINATION AND RACIAL PROFILING CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST CVS PHARMACY

On March 28, 2016, Wigdor LLP filed three new actions against CVS alleging that store detectives were directed to racially profile customers, and were subjected to racial slurs and discriminatory conduct. These new allegations include the following offensive directives: “Most shoplifters are Spanish or Black, you need to watch them closely,” “Lock up all the Blacks and Hispanics,” “All Black people steal, you gotta watch them.” With these new filings, Wigdor LLP now represents nine former CVS store detectives all alleging identical discriminatory conduct at CVS. Wigdor LLP also filed a class action alleging that store detectives were forced to work off-the-clock without compensation.

In late 2015, Wigdor LLP filed claims on behalf of two additional store detectives, also alleging discriminatory employment practices and instructions to racially profile customers, including the following: “I know [n-word] and [s-word] steal,” “Ninety percent of thieves are Black or Hispanic,” “Watch the Black and Hispanic people to catch more cases.” One of these individuals joined the previously filed class action, while the other individual filed his claims individually in Bronx County Supreme Court.

After the class action was filed, CVS sought to enforce arbitration agreements as to three of the individuals who asserted claims in the previously filed class action. By enforcing these arbitration agreements, CVS sought to have these claims litigated in a private forum which is outside the public view and is not accessible by the public or the media.

On June 3, 2015, Wigdor LLP filed a class action lawsuit by store detectives alleging discrimination and a policy of racial profiling against CVS, including instructing the former store detectives to “Watch the Black and Hispanic people to catch more cases,” “You have to catch more thieves, you know how these young Black guys are.” The employees themselves were also the subject of racial slurs with store management referring to them as “[n-word]” and telling them to “hide like monkey[s]” to avoid being seen by potential shoplifters. When the ex-employees complained to management regarding this practice, they were subjected “to increased scrutiny, micromanagement and fabricated performance criticism.”

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New York Post
“Ex-Store Detectives Accuse CVS of Racial Discrimination Against Shoppers”
June 3, 2015
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Newsday
“CVS store detectives allege racial profiling in federal lawsuit”
June 3, 2015
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The New York Times
“Ex-Workers Accuse CVS of Racial Discrimination Against Shoppers’”
June 3, 2015
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Law 360
“CVS Hit With Racial Profiling Claims By Ex-Store Detectives”
June 3, 2015
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Telemundo 47
“Demandan cadena de farmacias CVS por presunta discriminación – Telemundo entrevista con David Gottlieb”
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Law 360 “More CVS Detectives Say They Were Told To Racially Profile” March 28, 2016 Read online Read PDF
Gothamist “More CVS Workers Sue Over Alleged Orders To Racially Profile Black & Hispanic Shoppers” March 29, 2016 Read online Read PDF
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JEZEBEL “Former CVS Employees Say They Were Told to Target Customers of Color For Shoplifting” March 29, 2016 Read online Read PDF
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WIGDOR FILES CLASS ACTION AGAINST VERBOTEN NIGHTCLUB ALLEGING FAILURE TO PAY WAGES AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Wigdor LLP represents 16 former employees of the Brooklyn nightclub, Verboten, in a class action suit against the nightclub and its owners, Jen Schiffer and John Perez. Our clients allege that Verboten failed to pay them earned wages and that many of the nightclub’s female employers were subjected to sexual harassment, including lewd comments, sexual advances and physical sexual harassment. View the Complaint: Read PDF
NY Daily News “Brooklyn nightclub Verboten is rife with shameless sexual harassment caused by co-owner, new suit charges’” March 16, 2016 Read online Read PDF
Gothamist “Williamsburg Nightclub Owner Allegedly Promised Cops “No Black People” Parties” March 16, 2016 Read online Read PDF

WIGDOR LLP FILES SECOND HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST FOREVER 21

Wigdor LLP represents Mickael Louis in its second lawsuit against Forever 21.  Mr. Louis is the second employee of a Brooklyn Forever 21 location to allege he was harassed and discriminated against by his managers at this location, the first being a transgender woman who alleged she was fired in retaliation for her complaints of discrimination.  The Complaint alleges sexual and racial harassment by two managers at the store who barraged Mr. Louis with sexual innuendo and racist comments, including calling Mr. Louis “Nutella” and advising him not to place Black employees at the register “because they steal.”  Mr. Louis eventually quit the job, no longer able stand the constant sexual harassment and racism. View the Complaint: Read PDF
NY Daily News “Forever 21 store in Brooklyn gets sued again for discrimination, worker was told ‘I love muscular black guys like you’” February 12, 2016 Read online Read PDF
Gothamist “Brooklyn Forever 21 Managers Accused of Sexual Harassment, Calling Black Worker “Nutella” February 12, 2016 Read online Read PDF

WIGDOR LLP REPRESENTING PHILIPPE EMPLOYEES IN WAGE AND HOUR CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

Wigdor LLP represents the plaintiffs in a wage and hour class lawsuit against Philippe Restaurant. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges that the Defendants failed to pay service employees the required minimum wage and retained and distributed gratuities that should have been distributed to the service staff at three Philippe Restaurants in New York. As a class action, the lawsuit seeks to secure relief for all employees who are similarly situated to the class representatives. View the Complaint: Read PDF
Daily News “Celeb chef Phillipe Chow is leaving workers hungry for money” January 27, 2016 Read online Read PDF
New York Post “Philippe Chow workers forced to clean bloodied walls: suit” January 28, 2016 Read online Read PDF

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYER FOR ALLEGED UPPER WEST SIDE HOME INVASION

Wigdor LLP currently represents three individuals in a civil lawsuit filed against Matthew Lodge, an Australian professional rugby league player. The firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of the three individuals on December 21, 2015 in the Southern District of New York. As alleged in the Complaint, Lodge, a 6’4”, 240-pound menacing figure, stumbled upon two young women on holiday in New York City when they took a cab back to the building where they were staying with a friend. The Complaint further details that Lodge grabbed, threatened and stalked the women and then forced his way into the foyer of the building as they attempted to escape him. The Complaint claims that Lodge, highly intoxicated with alcohol and drugs, brutally attacked Joseph Cartright, a resident who attempted to peacefully remove Lodge. The Complaint further alleges that Lodge threatened to “kill” Mr. Cartright and then invaded Mr. Cartright’s home, where his wife and child were hiding. The Complaint seeks an injunction and restraining order against Lodge, an award of monetary damages for the Plaintiffs’ economic and compensatory harm, and punitive damages. View the Complaint: Read PDF 
The Daily Mail “Australian rugby league star Matthew Lodge sued over alleged US frenzy” July 7, 2016 Read online Read PDF
Daily Telegraph “Matthew Lodge secures plea deal but faces multimillion-dollar US lawsuit” July 7, 2016 Read online Read PDF
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Sporting News “Former NRL prop Lodge can’t pay for New York crime” July 7, 2016 Read online Read PDF
SBS “Lodge terrorized NY family, court told” July 8, 2016 Read online Read PDF
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The Guardian “Australian rugby league star Matthew Lodge sued over alleged US frenzy” December 22, 2015 Read online Read PDF
The Guardian “Matthew Lodge secures plea deal but faces multimillion-dollar US lawsuit” December 23, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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Daily Mail “’My name is Matthew Lodge, I come in peace’: Terrified residents file a law suit against drunk former NRL player who broke into their New York apartment block” December 22, 2015 Read online Read PDF
The Sydney Morning Herald “Former Wests Tigers player Matthew Lodge pleads guilty in US court” December 23, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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Fox Sports “Former Wests Tigers player Matt Lodge could be forced to pay out millions of dollars for US crime spree” December 23, 2015 Read online Read PDF
The New York Post “Lawsuit reveals details of rugby player’s night of drunken rage” December 23, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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9 News “Matt Lodge in US legal hot water” February 12, 2016 Read online Read PDF
news.com.au “NRL palyer Matt Lodge accused of having no remorse” February 23, 2016 Read online Read PDF
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WIGDOR LLP REPRESENTING GRAMERCY TAVERN EMPLOYEES IN WAGE AND HOUR CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

Wigdor LLP has filed a class action wage and hour lawsuit against the Michelin star-rated restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. The Gramercy Tavern, owned by New York restaurant mogul Danny Meyer, is a member of the Union Square Hospitality Group, together with restaurants including Shake Shack and Union Square Café. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges that the Defendants failed to pay service employees the required minimum wage and retained and distributed gratuities that should have been distributed to the service staff. As a class action, the lawsuit seeks to secure relief for all Gramercy Tavern employees who are similarly situated to the class representatives. View the Complaint: Read PDF
The Telegraph “New York’s pioneering ‘no tipping’ restaurateur sued over tips” December 14, 2015 Read online Read PDF
Employment Law 360 “Union Square Hospitality Hit With Tipping Class Action” December 11, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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The Eater “Ex-Bussers File Tipping Lawsuit Against Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern” December 11, 2015 Read online Read PDF
The Gothamist “Former Gramercy Tavern Workers Sue Danny Meyer For Wage Theft” December 15, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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Grub Street “Two Former Employees Are Suing Danny Meyer Over Unpaid Wages” December 15, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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Wigdor LLP Files Discrimination And Retaliation Lawsuit Against Fashion Company Perry Ellis

Wigdor LLP formerly represented Joseph T. Cook, a gay senior executive at fashion company Perry Ellis in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the Company. The Complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York, on October 21, 2015 alleges that Oscar Feldenkreis, the Company President and Chief Operating Officer subjected Mr. Cook to highly offensive homophobic, racial and ethnic slurs. The Complaint further asserts that when Mr. Cook gained the courage to complain about the Company’s discriminatory practices, Mr. Feldenkreis and the Company retaliated against him by orchestrating a campaign designed to isolate and exclude Mr. Cook and diminish his role in the Company. Relief which the Complaint seeks includes enjoining the Defendants from retaliating against Mr. Cook in response to his engaging in protected activities, a declaration that the actions are illegal under New York state law and undetermined monetary damages, among other things. View the Complaint: Read PDF
The New York Post “Perry Ellis boss is a racist homophobe, executive says” October 21, 2015 Read online Read PDF
NY Daily News “President of Perry Ellis doesn’t want ‘blacks or anyone who looks too gay’ in ads, exec claims in lawsuit” October 21, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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The Guardian “Fashion label Perry Ellis sued over alleged racist and homophobic policy” October 21, 2015 Read online Read PDF
Employment Law 360 “Perry Ellis Sued for Anti-Gay, Racist Work Environment” October 21, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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Miami Herald “Perry Ellis executive sues company president over alleged homophobic, racist remarks” October 21, 2015 Read online Read PDF
Daily Mail “Gay Perry Ellis executive sues company, claiming president is a racist homophobe who refuses to put black men in ads – as new campaign is released with two black models” October 22, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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Gothamist “Perry Ellis Executive Allegedly Demanded “No Blacks In My Ads” October 22, 2015 Read online Read PDF
TMZ “Perry Ellis President Sued” October 21, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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Miami Herald “Miami-Dade leader wants to reconsider Perry Ellis airport lease” November 3, 2015 Read online Read PDF
Sun Sentinel “Miami-Dade may review Perry Ellis lease after bigotry allegations” November 4, 2015 Read online Read PDF
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Miami Racked “Perry Ellis May Lose Its Airport Store Due to ‘Bigotry’ Allegations” November 4, 2015 Read online Read PDF

Wigdor LLP files Lawsuit Against Uber On Behalf of Two Alleged Sexual Assault Victims

Wigdor LLP currently represents two women who were allegedly sexually assaulted by their Uber drivers.  The firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of these two women on October 8, 2015 in the Northern District of California.  As alleged in the Complaint, during an Uber ride in Boston, Massachusetts on February 8, 2015, Jane Doe 1 was locked in her Uber driver’s car against her will, driven off-route, held captive and sexually assaulted before she managed to escape.   The Complaint further asserts that on August 9, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, Jane Doe 2 was similarly locked in an Uber driver’s car, driven off-route, held captive and raped, before she was able to run to a nearby highway, and in an effort to flag a vehicle for help, was hit by a car.  The Complaint seeks damages for negligent hiring, supervision and retention, fraud, false imprisonment, emotional distress, assault and battery on behalf of Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2. View the Complaint: Read PDF

Boston Herald “Uber fending off Fed suit: Women contend drivers not properly screened” October 9, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
Boston Globe “Lawsuit accuses Uber of neglecting passenger safety” October 8, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
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The Guardian “Uber faces lawsuit in US over two alleged sexual assaults by drivers” October 8, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
CNET “Uber hit with lawsuit over alleged sexual assaults” October 8, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
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Law 360 “Uber Accused Of Endangering Women With Lax Safety Rules” October 8, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
International Business Times “Uber ‘Targets Intoxicated Female Riders’ But Misleads on Safety, Sexual Assault Lawsuit Claims” October 9, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
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CBS SF Bay Area “Uber Faces Lawsuit Over Passenger Safety, Alleged Sexual Assaults” October 9, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
Courthouse News Service “Women Blame Uber for Alleged Sexual Assaults” October 9, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
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Mass Live “Boston woman signs onto lawsuit against Uber saying she was sexually assaulted by driver” October 9, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
News.com.au “Uber hit with rape lawsuit, ATO crackdown and taxi rage, but its global expansion continues unabated” October 9, 2015 Read Online Read PDF
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ABC / WCVB 5 “Uber sued over passenger safety” October 9, 2015 Watch Here
CBS Boston “Uber Sued By Alleged Sexual Assault Victims” October 9, 2015
 
FOX25 / MyFoxBoston “UBER LAWSUIT: 2 women say they were sexually assaulted by company drivers” October 8, 2015
NBCUniversal / NECN “Lawsuit Accuses Uber of Neglect, Fraud After Alleged Sexual Assaults” October 9, 2015

 

CNET
“Uber missed criminal record of driver in alleged sexual assault, lawsuit says”
January 21, 2016
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HUFFPOST POLITICS
“Uber Won’t Change Screening Procedures, Add Panic Button After Kalamazoo Shooting”
February 22, 2016
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Law 360
“Uber Says Sex Assaults By Drivers Not Its Fault”
April 1, 2016
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THERECORDER
“Uber Defense Falls Flat in Driver Rape Case”
April 1, 2016
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Wigdor LLP Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Congregation Shearith Israel

Wigdor LLP represents Alana Shultz in a pregnancy discrimination action against America’s first Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel. As set forth in the Complaint, Mrs. Shultz was terminated within days after her supervisors learned that she was pregnant. The Complaint claims that Mrs. Shultz was terminated because she was pregnant at the time of her Orthodox marriage. The suit further outlines that once Mrs. Shultz retained legal counsel to advocate on her behalf, she was offered her position back.

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New York Post
“Synagogue worker: I was fired for having sex before marriage”
September 22, 2015
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Daily News
“Jewish congregation in Manhattan accused of firing employee because she was pregnant at time of wedding”
September 22, 2015
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New York Law Journal
“Synagogue Sued Over Firing of Pregnant Employee”
September 25, 2015
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The Times of Israel
“NY synagogue fires employee for being pregnant at her wedding”
September 24, 2015
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Tablet Magazine
“Lawsuit: NYC’s Shearith Israel Shul Accused of Firing Employee Because of Premarital Pregnancy”
September 24, 2015
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The Gothamist
“Woman Claims Synagogue Fired Her For Having Pre-Marital Sex”
September 23, 2015
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Courthouse News Service
“Synagogue Accused of Firing Pregnant Bride”
September 22, 2015
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The New Civil Rights Movement
“NYC Woman Fired From Synagogue Because She Had Sex Before Marriage”
September 24, 2015
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The Wall Street Journal
“Synagogue Accused of Firing Woman for Being Pregnant at Her Wedding”
September 22, 2015
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WIGDOR LLP REPRESENTING TAO EMPLOYEES IN WAGE AND HOUR CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

Wigdor LLP has filed a class action wage and hour lawsuit against well-known restaurant and nightclub, Tao. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges that the Defendants failed to pay service employees the required minimum wage and retained gratuities that should have been distributed to the service staff. As a class action, the lawsuit seeks to secure relief for all Tao employees who are similarly situated to the class representatives.

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Law 360
“NY Restaurant Tao Hit With Tip-Pooling Class Action”
August 7, 2015
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New York Eater
“Employees File Class Action Wage Lawsuit Against Owners of Clubstaurant Beast Tao”
August 10, 2015
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WIGDOR LLP REPRESENTING VERIZON EMPLOYEES IN THREE WAGE AND HOUR CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS

Wigdor LLP has been retained to represent the plaintiffs in three separate class action wage and hour lawsuits against Verizon. Each lawsuit alleges that Verizon misclassified different categories of employees as “managers” even though, among other reasons the designation was incorrect, the employees lacked any meaningful supervisory responsibility. This misclassification placed employees in an “exempt” status, which meant Verizon did not pay these employees overtime compensation as required by law. As class actions, these lawsuits seek to secure relief for all Verizon employees who are similarly situated to the class representatives.

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Dillon v. Verizon New York, Inc. Read PDF

Law 360
“Verizon Accused Of Misclassifying Employees To Avoid OT”
July 16, 2015
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Wigdor LLP files Discrimination and Retaliation lawsuit against Forever 21

Wigdor LLP represents Alexia Daskalakis in a transgender discrimination and retaliation action against Forever 21.  The Complaint alleges that Forever 21 discriminated against her because she presented as a woman despite being assigned male gender at birth.  As set forth in the Complaint, Ms. Daskalakis was called “disgusting” and “a hot mess,” and was told that “in the eyes of the Company, you’re still a man” by her managers.  Ms. Daskalakis claims that after complaining about her mistreatment, she was fired.

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NY Daily News
“Former Forever 21 worker was called ‘disgusting’ and ‘hot mess’ by her bosses while transitioning to woman: lawsuit”
April 2, 2015
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The Mirror UK
“’I was devastated’: Forever 21 transgender worker ‘branded disgusting by bosses while transitioning into a woman’”
April 2, 2015
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AOL News
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April 2, 2015

AOL News
“Lawsuit claims 21 worker was called ‘disgusting’ and ‘hot mess’ by her bosses while transitioning to woman”
April 2, 2015
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Law 360
“Trans Worker At Forever 21 Called ‘Disgusting’, Suit Says”
April 2, 2015
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The Christian Post
“Transgender Employee Sues Christian-Owned Apparel Company Forever 21, Claims Bosses Mocked Transition”
April 2, 2015
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Fortune Magazine
“Forever 21 slapped with transgender discrimination lawsuit”
April 2, 2015
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Wigdor LLP represents former employee of Neurological Surgery P.C. in Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Wigdor LLP represents Ms. Jean Menghini in its second lawsuit against Neurological Surgery, P.C. (“NSPC”). The Complaint alleges sexual harassment at the hands of three NSPC surgeons, Dr. Ramin Rak, Dr. Paolo Bolognese and Dr. William Sonstein. Ms. Menghini also alleges retaliation for her complaints against Dr. Rak and Dr. Bolognese for what she believed were unsafe surgical practices. Ms. Menghini alleged that her complaints to Dr. Michael Brisman, NSPC’s Chief Executive Officer, based on her good faith belief that Dr. Rak and Dr. Bolognese were not acting in the best interests of patients, fell on deaf ears. The Complaint explains that Ms. Menghini’s complaints about the discriminatory environment NSPC creates for women similarly went unanswered, and instead Ms. Menghini was fired.

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NY Daily News
“Former physician’s assistant at Neurological Surgery PC in Long Island says doctors sexually harassed and betlittled workers and took breaks during operations”
April 15, 2015
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Wigdor LLP represented Indian woman in alleged Uber rape case

Wigdor LLP formerly represented the woman who was allegedly raped by an Uber driver in Delhi, India. The firm filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California on January 29, 2015.

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WPIX News
January 30, 2015
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January 17, 2015

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Reuters
“Uber Rape Lawsuit: Atty Doug Wigdor”
January 16, 2015

IANS live
“Delhi rape victim’s US lawyer blasts Uber audacity”
January 23, 2015
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The Guardian
“Delhi woman who said she was raped by Uber driver to sue in the U.S”
January 15, 2015
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The New York Times
“Uber to introduce driver background checks in India.”
January 16, 2015
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Fox News
“Delhi woman plans to sue in U.S for alleged Uber rape.”
January 15, 2015
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Time Magazine
“Uber rape victim’ hires top New York lawyer in order to sue taxi company in U.S. courts.”
January 16, 2015
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Daily Mail India
“Delhi woman who said she was raped by Uber driver to sue in the U.S.”
January 16, 2015
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The Times of India
“Uber rape survivor allegedly plans to sure company in the U.S.”
January 16, 2015
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India Today
“Uber victim hires top U.S. lawyer Douglas Wigdor to sue the cab service.”
January 17, 2015
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The Indian Express
“Uber emails rape victim: We are back in Delhi”
January 23, 2015
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The Economic Times
“Not confident of Uber safety measures: Rape victim’s lawyer”
January 23, 2015
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Reuters
“Uber restarts in Delhi; govt says company still banned”
January 23, 2015
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The New York Times
“Uber Accused of Lax Safety Practices by Delhi Woman”
January 29, 2015
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Reuters
“Delhi Uber passenger who alleges driver rape in the U.S.”
January 29, 2015
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The Wall Street Journal
“Indian Woman Sues Uber in the U.S.”
January 30, 2015
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The Guardian
“Delhi Woman sues Uber for ‘negligence and fraud’ after alleged rape”
January 29, 2015
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The Indian Express
“Uber rape survivor files a 36-page in US court against the taxi company”
January 30, 2015
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Daily Mail India
“Uber rape victim’s lawyer slams firm’s new safety measures and calls for ‘real change’ ”
February 11, 2015
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The Huffington Post
“Uber Panic Button A Marketing Ploy: Rape Victim’s Lawyer ”
February 11, 2015
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Daily News and Analysis
“I suffer mentally every day, says Uber rape victim in Women’s Day message”
March 8, 2015
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India Today
“On Women’s Day, Uber rape victim lashes out at taxi firm”
March 8, 2015
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BBC News
“India Uber driver guilty of rape”
October 20, 2015
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Boston Herald
“India court sentences Uber driver to life in prison for rape”
November 3, 2015
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Wigdor LLP retained to represent former Neurological Surgery P.C employee in discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.

Wigdor LLP currently represents Ms. Hilda Mayer in an action against her former employer, Neurological Surgery, P.C. (“NSPC”), a prominent Long Island surgery center specializing in brain and spinal surgeries. A complaint was recently filed in federal court alleging that NSPC’s CEO, Dr. Michael Brisman, mocked and ridiculed Ms. Mayer after she disclosed that she was diagnosed with cancer. The complaint alleges that Dr. Brisman publicly denigrated Ms. Mayer for her medical treatment and level of care she was receiving because he believed that it impacted health insurance premiums for NSPC. Ms. Mayer also alleges that Dr. Brisman blamed her – a marketer for the company – when patients opted against surgical procedures. Dr. Brisman allegedly told her, “I don’t force you to sell surgeries, but that’s the job. Just like a car salesman’s job is to sell cars.” As alleged, after Ms. Mayer complained about all these practices, she was fired.

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“Long Island doctor mocked employee for having cancer and fired her when she complained: lawsuit”
February 19, 2015
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Wigdor LLP Represented Two Former Employees In Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuit Against Angelo’s of Mulberry Street And Its Owners, Who Include A Real Housewife Of New Jersey Star

Wigdor LLP represented two former service employees in a class action wage and hour lawsuit against well-renowned Little Italy restaurant, Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, and its owners, the Aprea family, who include Real Housewife of New Jersey star Teresa Aprea. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York Court on February 17, 2015, alleged the Defendants’ engaged in numerous unlawful wage practices, including failure to pay their employees all overtime wages owed, failing to pay their employees for all hours, failing to provide accurate wage statements, and failing to pay for the costs of cleaning and maintaining uniforms.

TMZ
“Real Housewives’ Star Sued – She’s a Cheaskate with Dirty Laundry”
February 17, 2015
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“Fuggedabout the Help? ‘Real Housewives of NJ’ Star Hit with Class Action Lawsuit for Allegedly Stiffing Employees”
February 17, 2015
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NJ.com
“‘Real Housewives’ star Teresa Aprea, husband Rino sued by former workers”
February 17, 2015
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February 19, 2015
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Wigdor LLP Files Discrimination Class Action Against Sephora

Wigdor LLP currently represents the Plaintiffs in a federal racial profiling class action law suit against beauty mogul Sephora. The Complaint alleges that the company discriminated against individuals perceived to be of Chinese/Asian descent, based on their surnames and/or domain addresses, and proceeded to block and/or deactivate their accounts during an online reward member sale. As alleged, Sephora engaged in this discriminatory conduct based on the stereotype that Chinese/Asian customers make bulk purchases for resale.

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If you feel that you may have been impacted by Sephora’s actions, please visit the Sephora Class Action Lawsuit website for more information on how to file a claim.

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Reuters
“Sephora discriminated against Asian customers, lawsuit claims”
November 19, 2014
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Consumerist
“Asian-American Sephora Customers with Closed Accounts File Discrimination Lawsuit”
November 19, 2014
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Jezebel
“Women File Class Action Suit Against Sephora for Alleged Racism”
November 19, 2014
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China Daily USA
“Asian women accuse Sephora of discrimination in blocking accounts”
November 20, 2014
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Mail Online
“Sephora accused of stopping Asian women buying its products by blocking their online accounts”
November 20, 2014
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Daily News
“Sephora deactivates thousands of Asian customers’ accounts due to racial stereotype: suit”
November 19, 2014
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Cosmopolitan
“New Lawsuit Alleges Sephora Engaged in Racial Profiling, Discrimination”
November 20, 2014
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“Sephora sued for deactivating Asian customers’ accounts”
November 19, 2014
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National Law Journal
“Suit Alleges Sephora Discriminated Against Online Customers”
November 21, 2014
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Vogue
“Sephora Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit”
November 21, 2014
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Bloomberg Business Week
“Is Sephora Discriminating Against Asians”
November 21, 2014
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MTV News
“Sephora Has A Racial Discrimination Lawsuit On Its Hands; And it ain’t pretty”
November 21, 2014
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“Attorneys Attempt To Resolve Sephora Discrimination Lawsuit”
October 29, 2015
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Wigdor LLP Founding Partner, Douglas Wigdor, Files Lawsuit Against SoulCycle

The law firm of Vladeck Waldman has filed a lawsuit on behalf of founding partner Douglas Wigdor against SoulCycle. Mr. Wigdor, a loyal customer of SoulCycle, was told he was banned from all 32 studio locations after his firm represented a former “spin” instructor and employee of the Defendant in an alleged class action regarding unlawful wage payment practices.

Daily News
“New York City lawyer spins SoulCycle ban as discrimination in lawsuit”
November 20, 2014
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Mail Online
“High-powered Manhattan attorney sues SoulCycle for discrimination claiming he was booted from spin studio as payback for representing a disgruntled employee”
November 21, 2014
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Law 360
“SoulCycle Ban on Ex-Worker’s Atty Unlawful, Suit Says”
November 21, 2014
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New York Law Journal
“Lawyer Says Fitness Club Banned Him Over Prior Suit”
November 24, 2014
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Wigdor LLP Represented Employees of Johnny Utah’s Bar In Alleged Sexual Harassment and Wage & Hour Violation Claims

Wigdor LLP formerly represented the Plaintiffs in a class action law suit against well-known New York City bar Johnny Utah’s alleging egregious sexual harassment of female employees as well as wage & hour violations against the entire service staff.

Employment Law 360
“Servers at NYC Rodeo Bar Sue Over Sexualized Workplace”
July 7, 2014
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“Bosses made us kiss and wrestle for photos: suit”
July 7, 2014
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New York Observer
“Johnny Utah’s Sued by Former Employees for Sexual Abuse”
June 18, 2014
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“Ex-Employees of Johnny Utah’s suing over ‘hyper-sexualized work environment’ ”
June 17, 2014
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Second Circuit Rejects “Definitively and Specifically” Standard in Whistleblower Action Against J.P. Morgan

On October 8, 2014 the Second Circuit vacated the district court decision holding that the “definitively and specifically” standard was too strict and that Sarbanes Oxley could extend its focus to the reasonable belief of a whistleblower.

Jurist
“Federal appeals court revives whistleblower lawsuit against JPMorgan”
October 10, 2014
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“U.S. appeals court ruling revives whistleblower suit against JPMorgan”
October 9, 2014
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The AM LAW Litigation Daily
“Court Revives SOX Whistleblower’s Case Against JPMorgan”
October 9, 2014
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“U.S. appeals court ruling revives whistleblower suit against JPMorgan”
October 9, 2014
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Law 360
“2nd Circ. Reopens Whistleblower’s Suit Against JPMorgan”
October 9, 2014
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December 23, 2014
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February 11, 2015
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Wigdor LLP Files Race & Religious Discrimination Action Against Novelist Nicholas Sparks

Wigdor LLP currently represents Mr. Saul Benjamin in an action against novelist Nicholas Sparks, widely known author of “The Notebook.” As alleged in the Complaint, Mr. Benjamin, former Headmaster of The Epiphany School of Global Studies founded by Sparks, was terminated without Cause after being publicly condemned, harassed and intimidated by Sparks and other members of the School community who demonized Mr. Benjamin’s core religious beliefs. Mr. Benjamin, a distinguished educator, was committed to improving the racial, ethnic and religious diversity of the school. Despite Mr. Benjamin’s efforts to increase the representation of African-American students and to support bullied homosexual students at the school, as alleged in the Complaint, he was met with an escalating and vicious discriminatory and retaliatory campaign which degraded and defamed him, and which eventually forced him out of his position as Headmaster.

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The Daily Beast
“Lawsuit Claims Author Nicholas Sparks Is a Racist, Anti – Semitic Bully”
October 3, 2014
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TIME
“Author of The Notebook Sued Over Alleged Racism, Homophobia, Anti – Semitism”
October 2, 2014
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TMZ
“NICHOLAS SPARKS Sued By School Headmaster HE’S A RACIST, HOMOPHOBIC, ANTI-SEMITE”
October 2, 2014
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Los Angeles Times
“Former headmaster at Nicholas Sparks-founded school files bias suit”
October 2, 2014
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NY Daily News
“Nicholas Sparks accused of being racist, homophobic in ex-employee’s lawsuit”
October 2, 2014
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New York Post
“Nicholas Sparks is a rampaging bigot: suit”
October 2, 2014
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“Nicholas Sparks being sued over allegations of racism, homophobia”
October 2, 2014
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ABC News
“Ex-Head of School Founded by Novelist Sparks Sues”
October 2, 2014
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The Guardian
“Lawsuit accuses Nicholas Sparks of racism, antisemitism and homophobia”
October 2, 2014
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Daily Mail
“Ex-headmaster of school founded by Nicholas Sparks says he was fired for trying to recruit black students”
October 2, 2014
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Associated Press
“Ex-head of school founded by novelist Sparks sues”
October 2, 2014
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Gawker
“Lawsuit: Nicholas Sparks Is a Racist, Homophobic, Anti-Semitic Monster”
October 2, 2014
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New York Magazine
“Romance Gone Awry: Two Bad Breakups and One Ugly Accusation at Nicholas Sparks’s Christian Prep School”
February 10, 2015
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Former Executive Director of CCRB Files Retaliation Action

Wigdor LLP currently represents Ms. Tracy Catapano-Fox, the former Executive Director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, who alleges that the CCRB – New York City’s watchdog over police misconduct – failed to police its own Board members and Chairperson. Ms. Catapano-Fox was terminated on October 6, 2014, but according to her Complaint she was fired only because she attempted to curb sexual harassment committed by Board member Bishop Taylor and discriminatory and unlawful conduct perpetrated by Chairman Richard Emery. As alleged in the complaint, Bishop Taylor sexually harassed multiple female CCRB employees while Chairman Richard Emery has been colluding with the NYPD to conceal the prevalence of unlawful “stop and frisk” arrests and has proposed investigative techniques that discriminate against minorities who have been abused by the NYPD. Ms. Catapano-Fox says that she was terminated in retaliation for making complaints regarding this conduct.

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New York Daily News
“Ex-head of NYPD watchdog group gets greenlight for lawsuit”
June 12, 2015
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Huffington Post
“Fired New York Police Review Board Head Sues, Alleging Stop-And-Frisk Coverup”
October 6, 2014
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New York Daily News
“Civilian Complaint Review Board covers up NYPD misconduct, turns blind eye on sexual harassment within board: suit”
October 6, 2014
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Staten Island Advance
“Ousted CCRB executive director files lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, misconduct at NYPD watchdog panel”
October 6, 2014
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New York Post
“NYPD oversight board ignored sex harassment, fudged stats: ousted exec”
October 6, 2014
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New York Daily News
“Wake- Up Call: ‘Devastating’ Sandy Rubenstein info, watching the NYPD watchdogs, and don’t call him Sir Mike”
October 7, 2014
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New York Daily News
“Former CCRB boss reveals sex harassment complaints at agency”
March 10, 2015
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Daily News
“Fmr. CCRB chief says Mayor de Blasio shot down her judge job
February 11, 2016
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New York Law Journal
“Fight Heats Up Over Derailed Judgeship for Ex-CCRB Official”
March 7, 2016
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Daily News
“Former Civilian Complaint Review Board head agrees to $275G settlement with city after claiming mayor blocked her from becoming a judge”
May 25, 2016
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Wigdor LLP files Disability Discrimination action against 92Y

Wigdor LLP currently represents Deborah Adler, as the Administratrix of the Estate of Sol Adler, in an action against 92Y. As alleged in the complaint the late Mr. Adler, former Executive Director, was given two choices after being hospitalized with depression: resign or be fired. Within months of diagnosis, Mr. Adler was fired in breach of his employment agreement which permitted termination only “for cause” and only after a 30-day notice and cure period. As alleged in the complaint, as a result of the deterioration of the relationship with the institution he had dedicated his life building, Mr. Adler took his own life in May of 2014.

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The New York Times
“Suit Details Firing and Suicide 92nd Street Y Director”
September 24, 2014
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New York Magazine
“Secrets of the Y”
November 20, 2014
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Wigdor LLP founding partner Douglas Wigdor recognized as a Legal Leader & Top 100 Trial Lawyer

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. Most recently, Mr. Wigdor has had the honor of being selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization comprised of the premier trial lawyers from across the country whose qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers make them the best in their field. In addition, the Firm has promoted David E. Gottlieb and Larry M. Pearson to Partner & hired Scott G. Grubin, a former in-house lawyer at Knight Capital, as of counsel.

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Wigdor LLP Represented Former Employee of Alvarez & Marsal, Inc. In Sexual Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation Claims

Wigdor LLP foremerly represented Ms. Maysa Abdel-Razeq, a single mother and two- time cancer survivor in an action against her employer Alvarez & Marsal Inc. Ms. Abdel- Razeq was subjected to, as alleged in the complaint, a blatant campaign of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation at the hands of her boss, Paul Aversano as well as other individual leaders of the Company. As alleged in the complaint, throughout her employment, Ms. Abdel- Razeq was the victim of endless racist and harassing conduct by Mr. Aversano, both over Company email and verbally, including a comment that he hoped she was “not like Kim Kardashian – a nigger lover.” Ms. Abdel-Razeq brought this action to redress the hostile work environment, which has not only threatened her professional livelihood but her immediate health by way of severe emotional distress as well.

Daily News
“Perv boss compared me with Kim Kardashian in racist come-ons, sex harassment suit claims”
July 24, 2014
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New York Post
“Woman sues boss who said her ‘body is like a Coca-Cola bottle’”
July 24, 2014
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“Woman Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Boss Who Allegedly Wooed Her With Racist Insults”
July 24, 2014
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Alleged Age Discrimination at Queens-based Tech Firm WorldNow

Wigdor LLP foremerly represented Mr. Robert Mischel, a loyal and highly successful Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer in an action against his employer, online tech company – WorldNow. As alleged in the complaint, Mr. Mischel was subjected to egregious discrimination at the hands of the defendants with repeated negative based comments being made regarding Mr. Mischel’s age, including a request that he dye his hair because it was graying. In addition to age discrimination claims, Mr. Mischel brought the action to redress the blatant, repeated and continuing violations of his employment agreement which resulted in the effective termination of Mr. Mischel despite his outstanding performance.

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Daily News
“60-year-old exec at WorldNow, online tech company, says boss forced him to dye his gray hair”
July 18, 2014
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Reports on Settlement in principle reached in racial profiling case against Macy’s

As reported, Wigdor LLP have now reached a settlement in principle on behalf of our clients in a case against Macy’s alleging racial profiling of customers.

Daily News
“Rob Brown, star of HBO’s ‘Treme,’ settling racial discrimination suit against Macy’s and city: court papers”
July 17, 2014
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Pregnancy Discrimination at renowned Upper East Side bakery, Corrado Bread & Pastry

Wigdor LLP currently represents Ms. Hope Burgos in an action against her former employer, Corrado Bread & Pastry. The Firm filed a complaint against the Upper East Side bakery on behalf of Ms. Burgos who alleges that she was fired directly after disclosing pregnancy.

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“The court has to review the proposed settlements to make sure it’s fair to the class” – Douglas Wigdor

Founding Partner Douglas Wigdor – member of the Law360 Employment Editorial Advisory board discusses several settlements in Fair Labor Standards Act suits – specifically, Judges’ obligation to assess the fairness of FLSA settlements like they would any other class action.

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Alleged Sexual Harassment at Starbucks

Wigdor LLP formerly represented Holly Wu in her sexual harassment and retaliation claims against her former employer, Starbucks. As alleged in the complaint, Ms. Wu had been promoted, received multiple raises and received positive performance evaluations, however, she was fired, without notice, only three weeks after she complained in writing that she was being sexually harassed. Wigdor LLP partner David E. Gottlieb, who represented Ms. Wu in this matter, comments in a Daily News article today; “Starbucks has thousands of employees in New York City, and should strive to be a model employer.”

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Daily News
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May 29, 2014
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$3.5 Million Settlement in Limousine Driver Wage & Hour Suit

Wigdor LLP is proposed class counsel for a class of drivers who worked for Sunny’s Limousine Service Inc. The class action complaint alleged numerous violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law for, inter alia, unpaid wages and gratuities. We recently reached a preliminary settlement and filed a motion for preliminary approval of the settlement which would include the creation of a $3.5 million settlement fund. The settlement, if approved, will provide substantial recovery to more than 800 class members.

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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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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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Partner Lawrence Pearson discusses implications of Pao v. Kleiner Perkins on CNBC News implications of Pao v. Kleiner Perkins

On May 10, 2012, Pao filed a gender discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins. The trial is being covered by the national media. Wigdor LLP Partner Lawrence Pearson was invited to discuss the implications of the lawsuit on CNBC News.

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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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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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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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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 one of the top employment discrimination and harassment lawyers in the country, Mr. Wigdor has been asked by Law360 to become a member of their 2016 Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board for the third consecutive year. 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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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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February 10, 2014
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Wigdor LLP represented former employee in lawsuit against large manufacturer for Age Discrimination and overtime violations

Wigdor LLP formerly represented 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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January 01, 2014
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Unlawful Retaliation at The Change Group

Wigdor LLP formerlly represented 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 formerly represented 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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Law 360
“‘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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Law 360
“’Too Cute’ Yoga Teacher Can’t Sue For Sex Bias, Judge Says”
May 13, 2016
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Daily Mail
“You CAN be fired for being too cute: Yoga instructor who claims boss sacked her for making his ‘lesbian’ Playboy wife jealous has discrimination lawsuit rejected”
May 20, 2016
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Daily News
“NYC yoga instructor’s discrimination lawsuit for being ‘too cute’ tossed; was fired for making employer’s wife jealous”
May 19, 2016
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Pregnancy Discrimination and Retaliation at Deutsche Bank

Wigdor LLP formerly represented 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.

Law 360
“Deutsche Bank, Ex-Worker Spar In ‘Mommy Track’ Bias Case”
April 27, 2015
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September 21, 2012

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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Law 360
“’Mommy-Track’ Claims Against Deutsche Bank Called Solid”
January 16, 2015
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Law 360
“’Ex-Deutsche VP Must Justify Statute-Of-Limitations Extension”
September 18, 2015
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Recessionary Discrimination at Citigroup

Wigdor LLP formerly 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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March 24, 2009

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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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In this interview, Douglas Wigdor gives a compelling overview of his representation of a group of women in a gender discrimination class action against Citigroup.

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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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Public Broadcasting Station (“PBS”)
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 formerly represented, employee in Sarbanes-Oxley case against Best Buy

Wigdor LLP formerly represented Garry 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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December 16, 2013
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Wigdor LLP’s former Client Joweria Khalid has Shoplifting Charges Dismissed

Wigdor LLP’s attorneys Douglas H. Wigdor and Tanvir H. Rahman formerly represented Joweria Khalid whose shoplifting charges were dismissed after she was falsely accused of stealing jewelry at Macy’s flagship store. Ms. Khalid’s arrest & detention highlights another case of Macy’s & NYPD detaining people based on their skin color or race.

CBS New York
“Shoplifting Charges Dismissed For Pakistani Macy’s Customer Who Claimed Profiling”
April 30, 2014
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New York Post
“Macy’s drops theft charges against ‘racially profiled’ woman”
April 30, 2014
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The Wall Street Journal
“Macy’s theft case dropped; woman said false arrest”
April 30, 2014
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April 30, 2014

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Wigdor LLP formerly represented actor Rob Brown against Macy's and NYPD alleging class action of racial profiling of customers

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

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April 3, 2014

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New York Times – April 3, 2014
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Stamped Complaint v Macys
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Stamped Complaint v NYPD
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CNN
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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PIX 11
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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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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New York Daily News
“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”
March 24, 2010 » Read online
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The New York Times (Reuters)
“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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Whistleblower Complaint Against Deutsche Bank

Wigdor LLP formerly represented 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 formerly represented a 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 formerly represented a group of 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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