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The below is a small sampling of decisions in cases where our firm proudly represented the employee. This string of successes goes back to the early 1990s when the field of employment law was just starting – an accomplishment that few firms in New York City can match. It is difficult to look at any court decision in New York addressing employment law that does not include a reference to a case that we have handled.

Often times, the issue is not simply prevailing before a jury, but even getting to a jury. In most cases, a defendant will make a motion called “summary judgment,” where the defendant asks the Court to dismiss the case before a jury even hears the facts. As displayed below, our firm is uniquely skilled at combating such motions and we have a strong track record of defeating summary judgment.

  • Nelson v. MTA Bus Company, Index No.: 160417/13 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. 2019) (denying defendants’ motion for partial summary judgment in a case involving discrimination based on race, disability and gender, as well as retaliation for the plaintiff’s complaints)
  • Gyecsek v. J.P. Hogan Coring & Sawing, Corp., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36074 (S.D.N.Y. 2019) (denying to send a claim for unpaid wages based on driving to and from a work site to union-sponsored arbitration)
  • O’Rourke v. NFTC, Index No.: 156502/2016 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. 2019) (denying a defendant’s motion to dismiss a claim of gender discrimination and retaliation)
  • Kelly v. Zurich American Ins. Co., 162981/2015 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2018) (denying summary judgment in an age discrimination case that involved both a hostile work environment and an unlawful termination)
  • Dickinson v. City Univ. of N.Y., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154781 (S.D.N.Y. 2018) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim of age discrimination and retaliation)
  • Crookendale v. New York City Health & Hosps. Corp., 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 2586 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2018) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim)
  • B v. NYU Hosps. Ctr., 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3124 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2018) (denying summary judgment in a claim of perceived disability where the plaintiff would be undergoing prophylactic treatment for cancer)
  • Rivera v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., 148 A.D.3d 574 (1st Dept. 2017) (affirming total award of $1.55 million following a jury trial in a sexual harassment & retaliation case)
  • Kolja v. R.A. Cohen & Assoc., Inc., 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1609 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2017) (permitting plaintiff’s claims of age discrimination and retaliation to proceed to trial)
  • Prophete-Camille v. Stericycle, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20095 (E.D.N.Y. 2017) (denying summary judgment in a sexual harassment case)
  • Taft v. Agric. Bank of China Ltd., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62903 (S.D.N.Y. 2016) (plaintiff established claims as a whistleblower under the Bank Secrecy Act)
  • Teran v. JetBlue Airways Corp., 132 A.D.3d 493 (1st Dept. 2015) (appellate decision in favor of an employee who was forced out of her employment after she complained about sexual harassment)
  • Anderson v. Edmiston & Co., Inc., 131 A.D.3d 416 (1st Dept. 2015) (appellate decision upholding a plaintiff’s claim of sexual harassment and retaliation)
  • Rollins v. Fencers Club, Inc., 128 A.D.3d 401 (1st Dept. 2015) (appellate decision upholding a plaintiff’s allegations of age discrimination and retaliation)
  • Cano v. The New York and Presbyterian Hosp., 114257/10 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2014) (denying summary judgment on claims of sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation)
  • Quinones v. Joan & Sanford I. Weill Med. Coll. & Graduate Sch. of Med. Sciences of Cornell Univ., 114 A.D.3d 472 (1st Dept. 2014) (procedural decision from an appellate court denying a defendant’s effort to dismiss the plaintiff’s claim after the defendant missed a court deadline)
  • Sanchez v. Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, LLP, 104344/11 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2014) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims for discrimination based on her Hispanic race and national origin, as well as retaliation)
  • Jenkins v. New York City Tr. Auth., 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 814 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2014) (Feb. 25, 2014) (permitting multiple sexual harassment claims from multiple women complaining about the same supervisor to proceed to trial)
  • Magdo v. Fidessa Corp., 42 Misc. 3d 1215(A) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2014) (denying summary judgment in a gender discrimination and retaliation case where the plaintiff was forced out of her position in a “constructive” discharge)
  • Mihalik v. Credit Agricole Cheuvreux N. Am., Inc., 715 F.3d 102 (2d Cir. 2013) (landmark appellate decision in a sexual harassment case affirming the rights of employees under the New York City Human Rights Law)
  • Farrell v. Danbury Hospital (D.Conn 2013) ($1.3 million verdict following a jury trial in a retaliation case under Title VII and Connecticut state law) Tang v. Paco Group, Inc., 108842/08 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2013) (judgment for plaintiff in the amount of more than $600,000 following a jury trial in a pregnancy discrimination case)
  • Dominick v. Hospitality Valuation Servs., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141008 (E.D.N.Y. 2013) (denying summary judgment in plaintiff’s pregnancy and retaliation claims)
  • Spielman v. Brant Lake Camp, Inc., 11 CV 3971 (S.D.N.Y. 2013) (allowing plaintiff’s pregnancy discrimination claim to proceed to trial)
  • Shapiro v. Fox-Pitt Kelton Cochran Caronia Waller (USA) LLC, 107633/05 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2013) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of religious and age discrimination)
  • Loeffler v. P/S/L/ Group America, Ltd., 101572/10 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2012) (denying summary judgment in a pregnancy discrimination case)
  • Yanni v. MessageLabs, Inc., 116894/08 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2012) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s perceived disability claim that he was fired due to a recurrence of cancer)
  • Williams v. Regus Mgmt. Group, LLC, 836 F. Supp. 2d 159 (S.DN.Y. 2011) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s race discrimination and retaliation claims and setting a precedent under the New York City Human Rights Law)
  • Richards v. Gateway Frontline Serv., Inc., 2011 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 7171 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2011) (denying defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s hostile work environment and retaliation claims based on the statute of limitations, finding that such claims are timely under the continuing violations doctrine)
  • Shaw Creations Inc. v. Galleria Enters., Inc., (N.Y. County Sup. Ct. 2011) (jury verdict in favor of three former employees wrongfully accused of taking information from their former employer)
  • Krivonos v. Foot Locker, Inc., 2009 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5557 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2009) (denying summary judgment where plaintiff was denied a promotion because she was a mother)
  • Miller v. Natl. Life Ins. Co., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10626 (D.Conn. 2009) (permitting an age discrimination and retaliation claim to proceed to trial)
  • Denardi v. DRA Imaging, P.C., 605 F. Supp. 2d 550 (S.D.N.Y. 2009) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s “perceived” disability where she was fired because she was undergoing treatment for cancer)
  • Smallen v. New York Univ., 2009 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5957 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2009) (refusing to dismiss plaintiff’s claim of perceived disability where she was treated terribly after undergoing treatment for breast cancer)
  • McIver v. Cooperative Centrale Raiffeisen Boerenleenbank B. A., 2009 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5565 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2009) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims for age discrimination, gender discrimination and retaliation)
  • Nunez v. Mariners Temple Baptist Church, 25 Misc. 3d 1212(A) (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2009) (denying summary judgment in a sexual harassment case)
  • Okayama v. Kintetsu World Express, 2008 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 7401 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2008) (upholding plaintiff’s claim of hostile work environment based on sexual harassment)
  • Selmanovic v. NYSE Group, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94963 (S.D.N.Y. 2007) (denying summary judgment and a motion to compel arbitration in a sexual harassment case)
  • Hayes v. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., 06 CV 4415 (S.D.N.Y. 2008) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim for age discrimination)
  • Jones v. Bloomberg, L.P., 112908/04 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2008) (denying summary judgment in a sexual harassment and retaliation case)
  • Sorine v. Medicus Group International, Inc., 102944/04 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2007) (permitting plaintiff’s claims for age discrimination and retaliation to be heard by a jury)
  • Insinga v. Coop. Centrale Raiffeisen Boerenleenbank B.A., (S.D.N.Y. 2006) ($2.5 million verdict following a jury trial of claims of age discrimination and retaliation)
  • Liguori v. Brown Harris Stevens Residential Mgt. LLC, 13 Misc. 3d 1219(A) (Bronx Cty. Sup. Ct. 2006) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim for perceived disability discrimination)
  • Brooks v. Viacom Intl., 114451/03 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2005) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s gender discrimination and retaliation claim)
  • Ryan v. City of New York, 2005 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1752 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2005) (setting aside a defense verdict and ordering a new trial where the jury stated that they would have found in favor or the plaintiffs but for a dictionary that they improperly relied upon in reaching their verdict)
  • Kaspi v. Fairway Operating Corp., 10 Misc. 3d 1052(A) (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2005) (denying summary judgment in a religious discrimination and retaliation case)
  • Hughes v. UPS, 2004 N.Y.L.J. LEXIS 3330 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2004) (permitting the plaintiffs’ to rely on the entirety of the hostile work environment they endured under the continuing violation)
  • O’Brien v. WWOR-TV, Inc., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3628 (S.D.N.Y. 2004) (affirming a contract right of the plaintiff)
  • Tisi v. Verizon N.Y., 2003 N.Y.L.J. LEXIS 1616 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2003) (denying the company’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s sexual harassment claim)
  • Ferretti v. The Mount Sinai Hospital, 311TSN-98 (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2003) (2002) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim for sexual orientation discrimination)
  • Degen v. N.Y. Stock Exch., M-5405X (N.Y. Cty. Sup. Ct. 2001) (sexual orientation case under the New York City Human Rights Law)
  • McIntyre v. Manhattan Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Inc., 256 A.D.2d 269 (1st Dept. 1998) (affirming a total award of more than $6 million, which was the largest award in a sexual harassment case at that time)
  • Wishner v. Continental Airlines, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10867 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (permitting claims of race discrimination and sexual harassment to proceed, as well as retaliation for refusing a supervisor’s advances)
  • Bracker v. Cohen, 204 A.D.2d 115 (1st Dept. 1994) (a landmark decision upholding the constitutionality of the New York City Human Rights Law, which provides the greatest protections to employees under the law)
  • Thoreson v. Penthouse Intl., 80 N.Y.2d 490 (N.Y. Court of Appeals 1992) (affirming a finding of sexual harassment in one of the first cases brought under the New York State Human Right Law)

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