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 […]
February 9, 2012

Lady Gaga Sued By Former Assistant

Superstar Lady Gaga is being sued by her former assistant. Jennifer O’Neill, Gaga’s old personal assistant, filed a lawsuit against the singer claiming the pop sensation owes her over $380,000 in unpaid overtime.
April 6, 2011

N.F.L. Claims Unfair Labor Practice

The N.F.L. has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the players union. The N.F.L. claims that the union has failed to bargain in good faith as it plans to decertify. The union sought approval from players to decertify and if it does, it puts itself out of business as a negotiating body for players. The filing by the N.F.L. was a procedural move intended to prevent decertification. The N.F.L. claims that the union is […]
March 2, 2011

Charlie Sheen Accused of Refusing to Pay “Two and a Half Men” Crew for Work

As Charlie Sheen is undergoing a stay-at-home rehabilitation, about 300 cast and crew of the hit-show, “Two and A Half Men,” have not resumed production.   While stars such as Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones, will likely get paid whether or not they’re working, the case is different for the show’s crew members, who are considered to be freelance workers.  Currently, the studio itself is under no obligation to pay the crew, and how long […]
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 […]
November 19, 2010

Managers Deserve a Life, Too – Federal Overtime Pay for Managers and Assistant Managers

Americans enjoy seven fewer hours of leisure time per week than workers in Norway or Germany.  After decades of struggle and pro-employee advocacy, Congress enacted a 40-hour default work week by requiring employers to pay time and a half for hours worked in excess of 40 hours.   Yet some employers continue to demand that their employees work more than 40 hours without receiving overtime pay.  One justification many of them raise is that salaried managers […]
October 6, 2010

Poverty Reports Released Show an Increase in America’s Poor

They are considered to be the “newly poor.”  This is the 4.8 million people in America who joined the poverty rank last year.  In America, to be considered poor,  an individual must have made less than $22,000 in annual income for a family of four.  Americans who hadn’t quite reached the middle class yet who were above the poverty line, are now experiencing poverty, as the US unemployment rate remains stagnant above 9 percent.  The […]