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Representative Cases

The Warshawsky Law Firm has successfully handled a wide variety of employment law and civil rights law matters.  Some of these matters are described below.  Scroll down the page for client testimonials and news stories about some of the cases our firm has handled. 

Employment Cases:

Race Discrimination / Retaliation.  We represented a City University of New York employee who alleged she was the victim of race discrimination in job assignments, performance evaluations, and workplace treatment, and was terminated after she complained to her manager and human resources.  Our client came to us after mediation was unsuccessful and she wanted a law firm that could litigate her case effectively in court.  We conducted extensive discovery and defeated the university's motion for summary judgment.  The case settled before trial.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

Sexual Harassment / Retaliation.  We represented an employee of the NYC Department of Corrections who alleged she had been sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment by her supervisor, and was retaliated against through unfounded disciplinary actions after she complained to her agency.  Our client came to us after several years of litigation and asked us to serve as trial counsel because she lacked confidence in her attorney.  Our involvement in the case, including aggressive trial preparations, resulted in a settlement offer that was more than three times higher than had been offered to her previously.  The case settled before trial.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sexual Harassment / Retaliation.  We represented an employee of an investment company who alleged he had been sexually harassed by his manager and was fired when he would not go along with her advances.  The case settled before discovery.  The case was filed with the American Arbitration Association. 

Religious Discrimination / Retaliation.  We represented an employee of the Federal Aviation Administration who alleged he had been discriminated against in job assignments and training and subjected to a hostile work environment based on religion (Jehovah's Witness), and was terminated after he complained to his agency.  We defeated the agency's motion to transfer venue (from California to Hawaii), conducted extensive discovery, and persuaded the agency's lawyer that a motion for summary judgment would be futile.  The case settled before trial.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Race and National Origin Discrimination.  We represented an employee of a national home improvement retailer who alleged he had been wrongly terminated based on his race and national origin (Puerto Rican) in connection with an investigation into allegedly improper store markdown practices in which his similarly situated white colleagues were not disciplined.  The case settled during discovery.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

Race and National Origin Discrimination.  We represented an employee of a luxury clothing retailer who alleged she had been wrongly terminated based on race and national origin (Korean-American) for using the word "nigga" in the workplace, when her non-Asian coworkers (mostly black and hispanic) used the same term without being disciplined by the company.  The case settled before discovery.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sex and Religious Discrimination.  We represented a hospital employee who alleged she was the victim of sex discrimination in scheduling, job assignments, and overtime opportunities, and was subjected to a hostile work environment based on sex and religion (Jewish).  We conducted extensive discovery.  The case settled during discovery.  The case was filed in the New York Supreme Court for New York County.      

Age and Disability Discrimination / Retaliation.  We represented a hotel employee who alleged he had been discriminated against on the basis of age and disability (back problems) through being denied workplace accommodations, being fired in retaliation for his complaints about the lack of workplace accommodations, and not being rehired following his layoff despite the hotel hiring several younger employees.  The case settled before discovery, after the hotel made a Rule 68 offer of judgment.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Age Discrimination.  We represented an employee of an internet technology company who alleged he had been wrongly terminated on the basis of age.  We conducted extensive discovery and defeated the company's motion for summary judgment.  The case settled before trial.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Unauthorized Use of Name and Photograph.  We represented an employee of an international beauty company whose name and photograph were used by the company for advertising purposes without her written permission.  We sent a detailed demand letter setting forth our client's allegations and engaged in follow-up negotiations with the company.  The matter settled without litigation.

Unpaid Wages.  We have handled several unpaid wages cases, including on behalf of a college football coach, an apartment building superintendent, a fashion industry sales representative, and a group of private kindergarten teachers.  In each case, we obtained compensation for our clients.

Employment Contracts / Severance Agreements.  We have counseled and/or represented numerous employees in connection with their employment contracts and severance agreements.  We have assisted clients in a wide range of industries, including finance, technology, real estate, fashion, publishing, media, entertainment, insurance, medicine, and law.                                            

Civil Rights Cases:

False Arrest / First Amendment.  We represented a young hispanic man who attempted to use his cell phone to videotape his interactions with a police officer, with whom he was having a disagreement, and he was arrested on trumped-up charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  To further punish him for being a "wiseass," he was illegally restrained in handcuffs while inside the precinct jail cell.  The plaintiff asserted federal and state law claims for false arrest, excessive force, and violations of his rights under the First Amendment.  The case settled during discovery.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

False Arrest / Excessive Force.  We represented an African-American Brooklyn man who was falsely arrested and beaten by the police during an apparent "stop and frisk" incident.  The plaintiff alleged that, while walking by himself on a public sidewalk in the middle of the day, he was accosted and then assaulted by two police officers, without provocation and without any evidence of suspicious behavior or criminal activity.  The plaintiff, who was jailed for more than 24 hours following his arrest, required medical treatment for his injuries.  Although the police officers attempted to cover up their misconduct by charging the plaintiff with a litany of bogus crimes, including "resisting arrest," the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office subsequently decided not to prosecute.   The plaintiff asserted federal and state law claims for false arrest and excessive force.  The case settled during discovery.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Unlawful Search / False Arrest.  We represented a retired Harlem resident whose apartment was searched in connection with a drug raid and who was wrongly accused of drug possession by the NYPD.  The plaintiff asserted federal and state law claims for unlawful search and false arrest.  The case settled during discovery, after the City made a Rule 68 offer of judgment.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

False Arrest / Malicious Prosecution.  We represented a New York City street artist who was falsely arrested by the NYPD for not having a general vendor license, which is not required for persons who sell "artwork, including paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures."  Our client was required to appear in criminal court more than five times before he was acquitted in a bench trial.  The plaintiff asserted federal law claims for false arrest and malicious prosecution.  The case settled before discovery.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

False Arrest.  We represented a young African-American man who, along with three friends, was accosted by police officers, for no reason, during an apparent "stop and frisk" incident.  Our client was arrested when a bb gun was discovered in his friend's backpack.  This was "guilt by association," as there was absolutely no evidence that our client had engaged in any criminal behavior himself.  The Queens District Attorney's Office dismissed the charges.  The plaintiff asserted federal law claims for false arrest.  The case settled before discovery.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Department Store Cases.  We have represented numerous clients who have been wrongly accused of shoplifting by department store security personnel, detained inside the store, and/or arrested by the police.   The defendants include Macy's, Target, and J.C. Penney.  We have been successful in obtaining compensation for victims of these illegal department store practices.  Some of these cases settled in response to demand letters; others settled after being filed in court.

Unlawful Search.  We represented a Staten Island family whose home was illegally entered and searched by the NYC Administration for Children's Services and NYPD.  We conducted extensive discovery and defeated the City's motion for summary judgment.  The case was tried to a jury in federal district court in Brooklyn, which resulted in a mistrial, and subsequently was settled.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.   

The Warshawsky Law Firm In The News:

"Data Analyst Accuses Fidelity Of Stinting On Overtime Pay" -- Ignites.com (sub. req.)

"With New Ad Campaign In Tow, Freelancers Union Makes A Political Push" -- The Freelancer 

"Immigration Status Won't Block Uptick In Nail Worker Suits," Law360 article (sub. req.) 

Piccone v. City of New York -- N.Y. Daily News  N.Y. Post  silive.com 

Morris v. Mount Sinai Hospital -- N.Y. Post  abcnews.com  yahoo news   

D.S. v. City of Peekskill -- lohud.com (sub. req.) 

Lynch v. Village of Sag Harbor -- sagharboronline.com



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