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Mangano Ordered to Testify in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano speaks on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 in Mineola. He and Nassau Sheriff Michael Sposato have been ordered to testify in a sexual harassment suit. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

A federal magistrate has ordered Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Nassau Sheriff Michael Sposato to provide testimony in litigation over a deputy sheriff’s claim that she has been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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PARTNER RICK OSTROVE WINS ON BEHALF OF POLICE OFFER

Nassau County Police Officer Wins After 6 Years of Desk Duty

Leeds Brown Law, P.C., representing a Nassau County police officer, received an award of $129,500 for emotional damages and a loss of overtime in a civil discrimination lawsuit. As reported by Newsday, the officer's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act were violated, resulting in discrimination and limited duties. Partner Rick Ostrove explained, “He is excited to get back to work as a full-duty police officer and help protect the public.”

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PARTNER JEFFREY BROWN ON UNPAID OVERTIME CLAIMS

Veteran Rocker Joan Jett is Facing a Lawsuit for Failure to Pay Overtime

Leeds Brown Law, P.C. is representing Bradley Weinbrand, Joan Jett’s former personal assistant in an action for unpaid overtime. The lawsuit was filed in New York Supreme Court, Nassau County, earlier this year. Partner, Jeffrey Brown, commented, “All too often personal assistants go above and beyond to satisfy their celebrity bosses without proper compensation for their hard work and labor.”

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexually Harassed by Valley Stream North High School Department Chair

A former department head at Valley Stream North High School frequently made unsolicited passes at a pair of male colleagues and boasted about her past sexual triumphs, which created a “toxic” work environment for teachers and students, according to sexual harassment complaint filed Monday against the school district.

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LEEDS BROWN LAW, PC

US OPEN WORKERS SETTLE SUIT OVER WAGES, TIPS

A federal judge approved a $600,000 settlement between companies that provided catering and concession services at the U.S. Open and attendants for the event's luxury suites, who said their employers wrongly took their tips and misclassified them to avoid paying overtime.

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LEEDS BROWN LAW RECOGNIZED AS CIVIL RIGHTS FIRM

CARLE PLACE FIRM LEADING WAY ON CIVIL RIGHTS CENTER NEWSDAY, MONDAY, JULY 10, 2000

Leeds Brown Law, PC is featured by Newsday where the newspaper refers to the law firm as "the leading civil-rights law firm on Long Island and probably in the country."

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UNPAID OVERTIME

COLLECTIVE ACTION AGAINST HOTEL OVER UNPAID OVERTIME IS AUTHORIZED, WITH MODIFICATIONS

Former housekeeper alleged hotelier Westbury Operating Corp.'s violation of Fair Labor Standards Act overtime pay requirement .

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Leeds Brown Law Obtains Record Verdict in Sexual Harassment Case

Employers that don't try to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace take heed. A jury in Queens, N.Y., this week awarded $15 million to a nurse who endured several years of unwanted sex talk, propositions and groping by a doctor that escalated to two sexual assaults against her in 2001. The verdict represents the largest sexual harassment judgment ever awarded to an individual in a New York state court.

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REAL ESTATE DISCRIMINATION CASE

OUSTED CONDO OWNERS GET CHANCE TO RECOUP MONEY THE NEW YORK TIMES METRO, TUESDAY, JULY 14, 1998

Leeds Brown Law, PC secure a $19 million dollar settlement on behalf of ousted condominium owners with Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Bank, as well as other contractors and developers. The settlement came ten months after NYC officials declared a Queens condominium tower structurally unsound and evacuated more than a third of its residents

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT

LEEDS BROWN LAW OBTAIN HUGE VERDICT AGAINST SCHOOL DISTRICT

Principals and school administrators hold positions of trust and responsibility in our society. Last Wednesday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York found that Principal James Brown of Baldwin Middle School in Baldwin, N.Y., violated that trust when he terminated Cheryl Farb, Dean of Students, in retaliation for her filing a complaint for sexual harassment and discrimination. Farb was represented by the firm Leeds Brown Law.

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BIAS CASE

$1.5M BIAS AWARD NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2000

Leeds Brown Law, PC convinced a federal jury to award a gay correctional officer$1.55 million in damages. Lawyers for several organizations that fight anti-gay bias, including the Lambda Legal Defense Fund and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, said the award was a record in New York for sexual discrimination by a government, and one of the largest in the country.

Lawyer Goes After County's Assets Newsday, Tuesday, January 18, 2000

DISCRIMINATION CASE

JURY AWARDS FORMER TUNNEL WORKER $735,000 IN DISCRIMINATION CASE NEW YORK TIMES, WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008

A man says he was denied promotion and penalized because he was Jewish.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

JURY AWARDS $522,000 IN DISCRIMINATION SUIT NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 1998

Leeds Brown Law, PC won a $522,000 federal jury verdict when it represented an Indian immigrant who worked for the Robert Plan Corp. The plaintiff worked for the insurer for five months as a computer project manager before he was wrongfully terminated.

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NYU TOLD TO GRANT DENTAL DEGREE DENIED IN 2009

New York University unfairly expelled a dental student for allegedly filing false billing records in a desperate attempt to meet the revenue-generating goal for clinic work set by the school so that she could graduate.

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EX-EMPLOYEE FILED RACIAL DISCRIMINATION SUIT AGAINST 'REAL HOUSEWIVES' SPA OWNER CINDY BARSHOP

Lenard Leeds, of Leeds Brown Law is representing a former employee of a spa owned by "Real Housewives of New York City" prima donna Cindy Barshop. Altovise Collier, who said she was the only black beautician at the store, claims Barshop underpaid her, forking over only about half of her $700 weekly salary.

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JEFFREY BROWN REPRESENTS STUDENT IN KINGS PARK SCHOOL SUSPENSION

A federal judge has now issued an order compelling the Kings Park School District to appear in court to explain why they suspended a 17-year-old student from extracurricular activities after she admitted to passing a container of alcohol at a school event.

Jeffrey K. Brown of Leeds Brown Law, P.C., attorney for the student, Nina Ottaviano, argued in an emergency motion to U.S. District Court Judge Arthur D. Spatt that failing to reverse her suspension from activities during her senior year would do irreparable damage to her future.

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NYC SCHOOL TEACHER SUES TO END ALLEGED RETALIATION FOR REPORTING UNSAFE CONDITIONS

A tenured gym teacher has sued administrators of a New York City public school in a bid to save his career, which he claims has been jeopardized by administrators who disciplined him in retaliation for blowing the whistle on unsafe conditions at a building used as a school annex.

The teacher, Brian Ross, claims in a $15 million federal court lawsuit filed on Oct. 26 that administrators of highly regarded P.S. 132, the Conselyea School, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, disciplined him on fabricated charges for reporting the unsafe conditions to OSHA. OSHA subsequently shut the facility.

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LEEDS BROWN LAW RECOGNIZED FOR TOP EMPLOYMENT LAW VERDICT OF 2009

Verdict Search has recognized Leeds Brown Law for attaining the highest verdict for an employment law case in the state of New York in 2009. In February of last year a jury in the Queens Supreme court awarded a nurse $15,000,000 for years of sexual harassment. The case (Bianco v. Flushing Hospital Medical Center) resulted in a record-setting verdict for a sexual harassment case in New York.

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ANNA NICOLE SMITH

ANNA NICOLE SMITH AND HER LI LAWYER

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Mr. Leeds was the first Lawyer for Anna Nicole Smith in her estate battles and has appeared on Court TV, CNN, Hannity & Colmes and at least 40 other television & radio shows over the past year. Lenard Leeds, Esq. was featured in many stories because he was initially hired by the late Anna Nicole Smith to battle her husband's, Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshal II, multi-billion dollar estate.

Who'll Tell Her StorySunday, February 11, 2007

A Bequest Denied?Sunday, February 11, 2007

ESTATE AND PROBATE

LENARD LEEDS SET ASIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS IN NASSAU COUNTY, NY NEWDAY, WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 1984

For the first time in 10 years in Nassau County, Lenard Leeds, Esq. overturned a will in a Nassau County Surrogate's Court trial.

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ESTATE AND PROBATE

IN BLAZE OF APPEALS, HEIRS BATTLE LAWYERS AND JUDGE THE NEW YORK TIMES, SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 1990

Lenard Leeds, Esq. was retained by the surviving spouse of a billion dollar estate, which was considered to be the largest in Nassau County and successfully recovered millions of extra dollars for the surviving spouse.

The Richest Lady in New York!

IMPROPRIETY ALLEGED IN PROBATE CASE NEWDAY, FRIDAY, JULY 28, 1989

Lenard Leeds, Esq. was retained by the surviving spouse of a billion dollar estate, which was considered to be the largest in Nassau County and successfully recovered millions of extra dollars for the surviving spouse.

DISCRIMINATION CASE

BUMBLING AT BUMBLE? THE NEW YORK POST, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2001

Leeds Brown Law, PC s retained by a hair dresser assistant to prosecute her complaint against a plush beauty spot. The New York Post mentions that the plaintiff "certainly has real legal muscle on her side. Leeds Brown Law has won some of New York's largest awards in cases where it has proved racial, sexual or age discrimination in the workplace."

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BANKRUPTCY AND RIGHTS CASE

'AMERICANS' SINGER IS BACK IN THE BLACK NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2006

Leeds Brown Law, PC successfully negotiates a resolution for famous singer Jay Black by purchasing his name back in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Magic Moment as Jay can get Black Back

CIVIL RIGHTS CASE

HUNTINGTON SETTLES $100M BIAS SUIT NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1999

Leeds Brown Law, PC settled a $100 million dollar lawsuit it filed on behalf of more than 30 town employees who said they were victims of racial slurs, unfairly terminated and denied promotions.

Citing Racism, Workers File Suit Against Huntington The New York Times METRO, Thursday, November 19, 1998

L.I. Town Workers Charge Racism in $100M Legal Action The New York Post

AGE DISCRIMINATION

GOOD JOB, GOODBYE SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2003

Leeds Brown Law, PC filed an age discrimination complaint on behalf of three women against a Deer Park based company.

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SEX ABUSE CASE

ALLEGING SEX ABUSE, INMATE TO SUE SUFFOLK NEWSDAY, MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006

Leeds Brown Law, PC filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit against the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department because a Suffolk County Health Department employee was sexually abusing a female inmate.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

BANK TO SALESWOMAN'S WIDOW: CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2005 - COVER STORY

Leeds Brown Law, PC represents the widow of former Northfork Sales Representative and commences litigation over the bank's failure to pay her husband's estate commissions that were earned.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS FIRED FOR CANCER NEWSDAY, TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2007

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

SETTLEMENT IN CANCER DISCRIMINATION SUIT NEWSDAY, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2005

Leeds Brown Law, PC represents a Nassau County breast cancer survivor in a federal lawsuit against her former employer. The federal lawsuit alleged that when the breast cancer survivor returned to work two months after her cancer treatments, her direct supervisor controlled her bathroom breaks and threatened to fire her unless she raised her hand to ask permission.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

AT&T BIAS CHARGE NEWSDAY, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2001

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REAL ESTATE CASE

400 FAMILIES SUE BUILDER NEWSDAY, WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2001

Leeds Brown Law, PC is retained by 400 families to commence a class action because they were duped into buying overpriced, shoddily built homes from one of Suffolk's largest residential builders.

Massive Discrimination Suit Newsday, Wednesday, July 11, 2001

BIAS CASE

KNICK-DOC 'CANCER BIAS' SUIT THE NEW YORK POST

Leeds Brown Law, PC filed a disability EEOC complaint against a high-profile Knick's surgeon.

Verdicts & Settlements - Breach of Contract The New York Law Journal, Tuesday, September 1, 1998

BIAS CASE

PHILHARMONIC SUIT STRIKES A BAD NOTE NEWSDAY, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2005

Leeds Brown Law, PC represents a male violinist against The New York Philharmonic orchestra in claim that he was denied tenure because of his gender. Twenty of the Philharmonic's 33 violinists are women, one of the highest ratios among major American orchestras.

The Philharmonic Denies Bias The New York Times, Tuesday, July 26, 2005

DISCRIMINATION CASE

GAY OFFICER WINS NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1999

Leeds Brown Law, PC break legal ground when a U.S. federal judge rules that homosexuals should be considered a protected class and a federal jury awards a gay Nassau County police officer $250,000.

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BIAS CASE

TEENS ACUSE STORE OF BIAS NEWSDAY, FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2001

Leeds Brown Law, PC filed charges of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of black teenagers when they were wrongfully denied job applications at Stop & Shop.

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BIAS CASE

BISEXUAL OFFICER WINS BIAS LAWSUIT NEWSDAY, SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2005

Leeds Brown Law, PC convinced a federal jury to award a bisexual officer $260,000 in damages for discrimination and hostile work environment.

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BIAS CASE

1.5 M AWARD IN BIAS SUIT DAILY NEWS, MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1991

Leeds Brown Law, PC convinced a jury to award $1.5 million to a Wyandanch man who has been hired by an insurance company and promised a promotion.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

EYE DOCTOR FIRED ME FOR BREAST CANCER: SUIT THE NEW YORK POST, TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2007

Leeds Brown Law, PC represents a Long Island woman who was fired by Lens Crafters eye doctor because she got breast cancer, had to miss some work for chemotherapy sessions and was going to lose her hair.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

1987 HERO'S BURNED IN NEW TRAUMA DAILY NEWS, MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2006

Leeds Brown Law, PC file a disability discrimination EEOC complaint when the employer would not offer a reasonable accommodation for a grieving employee who lost her brother.

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BIAS CASE

VILLAGE GUILTY OF BIAS NEWSDAY, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2000

Leeds Brown Law, PC won a $750,000 jury award before U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spatt claiming that The Village of East Rockaway was liable to a local business owner for business losses and emotional damages.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

WIN FOR SUFFOLK OFFICER NEWDAY, THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2004

Leeds Brown Law, PC convinces a federal jury to award $229,500 to a 10-year veteran female Suffolk County Police Officer for allegations that she had been the victim of harassment and denial of advancement.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

COACHES SUE OVER HIRING NEWSDAY

Two men who worked as coaches int he Southampton School District hired Leeds Brown Law, PC to sue the district, claiming that it illegally passed them over for jobs in favor of less experienced women.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

PROMOTE BLACK COP: JUDGE DAILY NEWS

Leeds Brown Law, PC convinced a federal jury to award a black female cop $229,500 in a bias suit against the Suffolk County Police Department. After the successful trial the black female cop was awarded a

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CIVIL RIGHTS CASE

EEOC BACKS WORKER COMPLAINTS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AT XEROX THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2002

Leeds Brown Law, PC represented African-American employees in Xerox Corp.'s Cincinnati facilities and assisted The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in reaching the finding that the employees were subjected to a racially hostile environment.

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REAL ESTATE CASE

GOV'T TAKES SALESMAN'S SIDE NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2007

Leeds Brown Law, PC assists The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in reaching a reasonable cause finding of race discrimination for a salesman against Ramp Chevrolet Inc.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

MAN ALLEGES HIS POLITICS LED TO FIRING NEWSDAY

Leeds Brown Law, PC filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming that a Brookhaven Town employee was fired because his political show displeased the Town Supervisor.

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EMPLOYMENT CASE

$150G FOR FORMER WORKER NEWSDAY

Leeds Brown Law, PC convinced a federal jury to award a former Huntington town employee $150,000 for retaliation he endured after he lodged discrimination complaints.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

FIRED TEACHER ALLOWED TO SUE NEWSDAY

Leeds Brown Law, PC convinces a federal judge to proceed with a controversial wrongful termination lawsuit.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

LAW MIGHT SUPPORT HER FIRING NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2007

Leeds Brown Law, PC filed a controversial lawsuit claiming that a female secretary was wrongfully terminated based upon her gender.

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BIAS CASE

EX- WORKER ACCUSES NORTHPORT OF BIAS NEWSDAY, THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2007

Leeds Brown Law, PC files an age discrimination EEOC complaint against The Village of Northport on behalf of a 57-year-old worker who was replaced by two teenagers.

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DISCRIMINATION CASE

WORKER CLAIMED COMPLAINTS LED TO HIS TERMINATION VERDICT SEARCH, EMPLOYMENT LAW, DECEMBER 2005

Leeds Brown Law, PC convinced a jury to award an accountant from Queens College $325,000 in damages for subjecting him to a hostile environment and wrongfully terminating his services.

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ESTATE PLANNING

INTENTIONALLY DEFECTIVE GRANTOR TRUST

It may seem hard to come up with a financial product with a name as unattractive as an "intentionally defective grantor trust." Yet these days, in the world of estate planning, those words denote one sexy vehicle.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW

RESOLUTION OF EEOC CASES HAMPERED BY JULY FLOOD, HURRICANE SANDY

Two serious floods at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's district office on Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan has destroyed files and shut down operations, hindering some ongoing labor cases and complicating others, according to lawyers who handle employment matters.

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