June 18, 2013

Music Industry’s First Intern Pay Suit Filed Against Warner Music, Atlantic Records

Jeffrey K. Brown, senior partner of Leeds Brown Law P.C., Maurice S. Pianko, founder of New York-based Intern Justice, and Lloyd Ambinder, managing partner of New York-based Virginia & Ambinder LLP, have filed a lawsuit in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan on behalf of Justin Henry, of Brooklyn, a former unpaid intern at Atlantic Records. The lawsuit against the legendary record company claims the company required Henry to work full-time over eight months without […]
July 16, 2012

Louisiana Plant in Violation of Overtime, Minimum Wage and Record-Keeping Provisions

Sixty four workers at a Louisiana seafood processing plant have received  $52,750 in minimum and overtime back wages after the company, Harvest Time Seafood Inc. was found to have violated the overtime, minimum wage and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the H-2B provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  An investigation determined that the company paid its employees on a piece-rate basis, resulting in wages falling below the prevailing wage rates […]
July 16, 2012

Texas Company in Violation of Fair Labor Standards Act

A Texas company, El Paso Hose & Fittings Corp., paid 10 current and former employees $31,486 in minimum and overtime back wages after it was found to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The employees were required to arrive prior to their start times and work later than their scheduled ending times, but were not paid for pre- or post-shift hours. The company also deducted one hour for lunch breaks when employees either took […]
July 16, 2012

Nevada Grower to Pay Record Wage Settlement

An onion grower in Nevada has agreed to pay a record wage settlement and a penalty of a half million dollars. The grower, Peri & Sons, agreed to pay a record $2.3 million in back wages to 1,365 workers, along with a civil money penalty of $500,000, for violating federal labor law in a case brought by the government. The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division determined that the, involved in irrigation, harvesting, packing and […]
May 22, 2012

Alaska exotic dancers seek minimum wage in federal suit

Three exotic dancers filed a wages-and-hours lawsuit against their former employers in an Alaska federal court. They are asking for $324,000 in back pay and other compensation. According to the Anchorage Daily News, the dancers received the minimum wage and tips for table dances and so-called VIP dances in a private lounge. In turn, the dancers had to pay a “house fee” of $10 an hour for each hour they worked and tip the bouncer, […]
January 16, 2012

New U.S. Fact Sheet Warns of Job Retaliation for Complaints

CARLE PLACE, NY (Jan. xxx, 2012) — A new fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division offers information about the prohibition of retaliating against any employee who has filed a complaint or cooperated in an investigation, according to lawyers at Leeds, Morelli & Brown PC, the Long Island law firm. The division administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal law that regulates wages and hours of work […]
January 3, 2011

Ex-Dean of St. John’s University Charged with Using Student as Servants

In the fall of 2010, a former administrator at St. John’s University named Cecilia Chang, 57 years old, has been accused of embezzling about $1 million from the Queens college campus as well as forcing students to clean, cook and act as her personal servants to keep their scholarships.  As the dean of the Institute of Asian Studies, Ms. Chang had the authority to grant 15 scholarships a year.  Most of the recipients were from […]