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At the employment litigation law offices of VKV, we believe the most important service your attorney can provide is to give you the courage that comes with knowledge. When you come to us for a free consultation about your employment issue, we will listen to you with the compassion you deserve. We will clearly explain the laws that govern your issue so that you will have the knowledge to make an informed decision. When you have a VKV attorney representing your cause, you have the knowledge and power to act with courage.

Being Treated “Less Well” vs. Adverse Employment Action
By Brendan Carman In a recent decision, a New York Supreme Court appellate judge held that under the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”), a plaintiff only has to demonstrate they were treated “less well” than those outside their
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New York City Bans Appearance-Based Discrimination
Updated May 30, 2023 New York City Mayor Eric Adams enacted an anti-discrimination law on May 26 banning discrimination based on an individual’s height or weight when it comes to employment, housing or access to public accommodations.  With the new
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Discrimination in Housing: Persistent Challenges and Legal Remedies
Housing discrimination has been an issue in the United States for decades. While the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act, was signed into law to prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, religion, and
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Smith v. O’Neill, 2020 WL 369505 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dep’t, Jan. 23, 2020)
Smith v. O’Neill: NYPD Evidence Collection Team members may be entitled to Detective status and compensation.  {5 minutes to read}  The New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) has a long history of attempting to use non-Detective police officers to perform Detective-level
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Mediating Employment Discrimination Claims
A court case can be a lengthy process, exhausting those involved emotionally, physically and even spiritually. As you consider your options when it comes to your employment discrimination case, know that court isn’t the only avenue in which to pursue
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Employment Discrimination-Know Your Rights
Discrimination in the workplace may be difficult to define but when it occurs, you should be aware and ready to take action. Under no circumstance is employment discrimination okay. It is important to know what qualifies as unfair and what
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Wage and Hour Litigation: Are You Being Paid What You Deserve? by Robert J. Valli, Jr.
Wage and Hour Litigation: Are You Being Paid What You Deserve?
{6 minutes to read}  In addition to employment discrimination the firm practices wage and hour litigation. Wage and hour litigation is mostly comprised of two separate violations, minimum wage and overtime.  The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New
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Criminalizing Wage Theft, New Jersey, New York, and California
Janitors, servers, and construction workers have something in common. They are likely to face wage theft in industries that underpay and undervalue their workers. To address wage theft, workers have filed private lawsuits and/or have reached out to their state
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Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (Decided June 15, 2020)
{6 minutes to read}  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual “because of such individual’s … sex.” 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a)(1). In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court held in Bostock
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The Restrictions on Attorney Fees and Settlements in FLSA Deals
{6 minutes to read}  Earlier this year, the United States Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit made a decision that will change how courts analyze attorney’s fees in the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) actions. It is widely accepted
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Rape Trauma Syndrome and Common Rape Myths
{5 minutes to read}  In January, former Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein faced trial in New York Supreme Court. Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by at least 80 women in the past few years, faced
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Pregnancy and Pay Discrimination Suit Reversed on Appeal
Lenzi v. Systemax, Inc.: Pregnancy and Pay Discrimination Under Title VII {5 minutes to read} Our client, Plaintiff Lenzi, was the Vice President of Risk Management for Systemax, Inc. She alleged that she was paid a below-market rate for her
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Domestic Workers in New York: What Does the Bill of Rights Cover?
Senators Kamala Harris and Pramila Jayapal have recently introduced the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act in an effort to provide federal protections to domestic workers. The lack of federal protections has contributed to the exploitation, harassment, and economic insecurity
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Fischman v. MCHA: Privilege and Confidentiality Regarding In-House Counsel
Privilege and Confidentiality in the Attorney Client Relationship  Regarding In-House Counsel and Their Employer Fischman v. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America, Inc.(18-cv-08188) {3 minutes to read}  Attorney client privilege is an integral part of our legal system.  As most situations that
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SB7848A Increases Worker’s Ability to Bring Claims of Sexual Harassment to Court
By Shaloni Pinto and Aimee Christianson{Read in 4 minutes}  With the passage of New York Senate Bill 7848A, the state will make it easier for workers to bring sexual harassment claims to court. Aimed to prevent sexual harassment in the
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Babb v. Wilkie – The ADEA and Federal Employees Over Forty
By Shaloni Pinto and Aimee Christianson {Read in 4 minutes}  Ms. Norris Babb alleges that her employer, the Department of Veterans Affairs, denied her advancement opportunities due to her age and gender, and retaliated against her after she filed complaints
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SCOTUS Finds Leniency in Exhausting EEOC Administrative Filing Requirements
By: Aimee Christianson and Shaloni Pinto  {Read in 4 minutes}  On June 3, 2019, the Supreme Court released their decision in the case Fort Bend County v. Davis [No. 18-125], which involves Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claim filing disagreements.
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Employment Overwatch: The EEOC
{Read in 5 minutes} In my previous post, I wrote about the impact an impending Supreme Court decision may have on employee protections — particularly LGBT employees. The issue is whether or not sex discrimination as prohibited by Title VII includes
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Interpreting Title VII
{Read in 4 minutes}  When I was in law school 20 years ago, I wrote an article on legislation before Congress referred to as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act or “ENDA.” This legislation was aimed at expanding Title VII’s coverage to
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Bovitz v. Wells Fargo – A Discrimination Lawsuit
{Read in 2:30 minutes}  Imagine dedicating almost 35 years to the financial industry. You work hard. You are successful. You build an impressive book of business. And yet, you are continuously hindered from reaching your potential – not because you
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