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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 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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November 19, 2014

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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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Law 360
“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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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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Employees of Johnny Utah’s Bar File Sexual Harassment and Wage & Hour Violation Claims

Wigdor LLP currently represents 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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New York Post
“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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Daily News
“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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Reuters
“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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Yahoo! News
“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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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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“Today on TMZ”
October 2, 2014

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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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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October 6, 2014

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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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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Sexual Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation Claims against Manhattan based Alvarez & Marsal Inc.

Wigdor LLP currently represents Ms. Maysa Abdel-Razeq, a single mother and two- time cancer survivor in an action against her employer Alvarez & Marsal Inc. Ms. Abdel- Razeq has been 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 brings 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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The Gothamist
“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 currently represents 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 brings 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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Corrado Bakery Lawsuit WPIX – June 14, 2014

“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.

Law 360
“‘Worst Ever’ FLSA Settlement Shows Attys What Not To Do”
June 11, 2014
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Alleged Sexual Harassment at Starbucks

Wigdor LLP currently represents 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 is representing 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
“Woman says she was fired from Midtown Starbucks after complaining about harassment, files lawsuit”
May 29, 2014
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May 29, 2014

$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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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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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.

Law 360
“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.

Law 360
“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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Law 360
“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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New York Post
“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.

Law 360
“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 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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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 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.

Reuters
Former Best Buy employee brings whistleblower retaliation lawsuit
December 16, 2013
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Wigdor LLP’s Client Joweria Khalid has Shoplifting Charges Dismissed

Wigdor LLP’s attorneys Douglas H. Wigdor and Tanvir H. Rahman currently represent 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

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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Stamped Complaint v Macys
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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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‘Treme’ actor Rob Brown hits Macy’s with class action ‘shopping while black’ lawsuit
November 13, 2013
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“Treme” actor pursues class-action profiling lawsuit vs Macy’s
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Macy’s slapped with federal class action lawsuit over racial-profiling
November 13, 2013 »
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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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“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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“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 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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