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Prevailing Wage Case Headed to New York Court of Appeals

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

Age Discrimination on the Rise

If any more confirmation was needed that age discrimination is virulent, the New York Times has published a couple of articles this summer showing the difficulties older workers face. In an article from July 22, 2013, the Times reported that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it typically takes an older person who [...]

Employers Protect Themselves with Arbitration Proceedings, SCOTUS helps

The spate of recent Supreme Court rulings against employees are already trickling down through the federal courts. Following the Supreme Court’s lead in AmEx v. Italian Colors, the Second Circuit held that an arbitration clause that prevents employees from bringing class actions was binding and not against public policy, despite the fact that such arbitration [...]

Judge Rules Fox Searchlight “Interns” Are Actually Just Unpaid Employees

A judge in the Southern District of New York has ruled that interns who were essentially treated the same as paid staff — with the exception of not being paid — are actually regular employees. Federal and New York law require that employees be paid. While certain “trainees” may be exempt from these requirements, simply [...]

Home Health Aides Win Decision on Unpaid Overnight Work

Many home health agencies do not pay their home health aides for the overnight hours of their 24 hour shifts. This is a true hardship for those aides, since the patients they care for, many of whom suffer from dementia, require care throughout the night. Beranbaum Menken has brought several lawsuits challenging this practice, since [...]

BMBB files overtime suit against celebrity bakery

BMBB recently filed suit against “celebrity baker” Cake Man Raven in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The suit is to recover unpaid overtime wages for the bakery employees. Under Federal and New York law, nonsupervisory workers are entitled to time and a half for all hours worked in excess [...]