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October 9, 2017
Webinar - Featured Mentor of the Month  Alexander Todd Coleman (WCL 2008)

Career Synopsis: Alexander Coleman is an experienced litigator whose practice overwhelmingly consists of representing employees in workplace disputes. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in both Federal and State court, and has obtained significant verdicts, awards and other equitable relief for his clients, via judgment and settlement. Mr. Coleman, a partner at Borrelli & Associates, joined the Firm in January 2010 after completing a clerkship for The Honorable Jane Marum Roush of the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia.

Career Highlights: Super Lawyers Rising Stars® distinction in the field of Employment Litigation (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017).

Alumni Webinar: Alex will be preseting an Introduction to Employment Discrimination and Wage & Hour Law at 1PM on Oct. 25. Register at:

An Introduction to Employment Discrimination and Wage & Hour Law

Oct 25, 2017 1:00 PM EDT Register at:

Join OCPD and WCL alumnus Alexander T. Coleman, a plaintiff-side employment litigator in New York, as he presents a general overview on employee-rights in the workplace. Specifically, Alex will discuss several of the anti-discrimination laws that provide private rights of action for employees, as well as the basics of the Fair Labor Standards Act and analogous state law.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

bloomberg lawJuly 18, 2017
The United States of America v. Narco Freedom et al., Docket No: 12-cv-3674 (JGK)

In this matter, the Firm successfully aided a group of whistleblowers in reporting widespread fraud and corruption to the United States District Attorney leading to the government recouping $50.5M from Narco Freedom for violations of the False Claims Act. As alleged in the complaint, Narco Freedom, which operates as a substance abuse treatment center within the City of New York submitted false claims to the government for services that they did not perform in spite of receiving compensation for those services. The Firm represented a group of seven whistle-blowers in bringing the fraud allegations to the government for prosecution. To read more, please click on the PDF link below which features an article written by John Herzfeld in the BNA’s Health Care Report from Bloomberg Law. [Read the Bloomberg Law Article]

NYLJMay 4, 2017
McMahon v. New York Organ Donor Network Inc., 156669/12
Great win for the firm! As some of our followers may know, the Firm currently represents whistle blower, Patrick McMahon, in a case against the New York Organ Donor Network. Most recently, New York Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth granted our motion to compel the Defendants to provide a full and complete medical records of four specific patients whom Plaintiff, Patrick McMahon, alleges were showing signs of brain activity before their organs were harvested in New York hospitals. Read more at New York Law Journal (subscription required) [Read the Order]

May 12, 2016
NY Daily News
Catholic Tiffany & Co. executive says she was discriminated against, fired for allegedly saying Jews killed Jesus
She’s being crucified for her beliefs. A Catholic marketing exec at luxe jeweler Tiffany & Co. says she was discriminated against — and later fired — for allegedly repeating an anti-Semitic claim that Jews killed Jesus, a new Manhattan federal lawsuit alleges.
[Read More]

April 14, 2016
NY Daily News
Brooklyn teen looking for receptionist job at Midtown law firm was forced to strip and have sex with lawyer during interview: suit
19-year-old Brooklyn woman was forced to strip and have sex during a job interview — for a receptionist gig — at a high-profile law firm, a new lawsuit alleges. [Read More]

July 17, 2015
Verizon Accused Of Misclassifying Employees To Avoid OT
Excerpeted from LAW360 July 17, 2015 :
Verizon Communications Inc.’s New York subsidiary was hit with a proposed wage and hour class action in New York federal court Tuesday from an employee who says the company misclassifies its logistics workers as supervisors to avoid paying overtime.

Plaintiff Thomas Dillon said that he’s been classified as a supervisor in Verizon New York Inc.’s logistics services division since 1993 even though in all that time he’s never overseen anyone but himself. Instead, Dillon alleged, he and others like him were classified as supervisors to make [READ MORE AT LAW360 - subscription required]

June 2, 2015
Out NYC Hotel Owners Hit With Discrimination Lawsuit (

March 16, 2015
Bazignan v. Team Castle Hill Corp. (LEAGLE)

March 7, 2015
Mentally Challenged Woman Forced to Wear 'I'm Dope' Shirt by Cops, Suit Claims (People)

March 6, 2015
Cops force janitor to wear ‘I’m Dope’ shirt: suit (NY Post)

October 23, 2014
Principal Allegedly Harasses Guidance Counselor Due to Seeing Eye Dog

October 16, 2014
Principal Tried to Bar Blind Counselor's Seeing Eye Dog, Complaint Says

October 9, 2014
Peter Luger sued by Muslim waiter who claims he was target of hate-filled taunts and trickery.

July 31, 2014
Firm represents client in a sexual harassment claim against Suffolk County restaurant owner.

June 03, 2014
Waist Wars: County Custodian Says Supervisor Mandated Weigh-Ins

June 03, 2014
County staffer treated to weekly ‘weigh-in’ sessions: suit

May 30, 2014
Worker had to scrub toilets after reporting boss’s sex harassment: suit

April 30, 2014
Southampton Police Sergeant Sues Force Over Alleged Gender Discrimination
A police sergeant has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against Southampton Town and its police department. [Read More]

April 30, 2014
Female sergeant's suit against Southampton PD alleges gender discrimination, retaliation
A Southampton Town Police sergeant has sued the department, its chief and the town, alleging she faced "egregious and relentless" gender discrimination and then retaliation when she filed a complaint with state authorities. [Read More]

December 18, 2013
LI police misconduct: The cases

September 20, 2013
N-Word Never OK at Work, Says NY Jury
A federal jury in Manhattan has found in favor of a black plaintiff who sued her black employer after he went on a rant filled with the n-word, finding that use of the slur is actionable harassment at work, no matter the context.

September 6, 2013
Oscar de la Renta Hit With Race Discrimination Suit
A former Oscar de la Renta employee has filed a racially charged discrimination suit against the famous clothing manufacturer and another female worker who repeatedly used the 'N-word' while on duty, The Post has learned.

July 31, 2013
Rubin Museum of Art Worker Says Museum Director Sexually Harassed Her
Cindy Sherling says Jan Van Alphen, director of the Rubin Museum of Art, told her she had 'beautiful legs,' kissed her cheek, patted her backside and stroked her hair.

July 31, 2013
Eyeglass Store Exec May Be Looking at Sex Harassment Charges Claim
Medilda Vargas, an ex-employee of LaFont Eyewear, has filed a suit claiming company president Ray Khalil made lewd and sexually suggestive comments.

July 29, 2013
Kitchen Worker Sues Grand Hyatt New York Over Alleged Sexual Harassment
A 50-year-old woman says she was the target of unwanted physical contact and verbal abuse and that managers looked the other way.

April 15, 2013
Sexual Harassment Victim Fired by Polygamist Attorney
The job market for entry-level lawyers isn't a very welcoming place, and while it's better to be underemployed than unemployed, you might have to take some blows to your self-esteem in the process.

March 25, 2013
Help Wanted: When an Employer Becomes a Stalker
Michael J. Borrelli answers questions in Newsday

February 28, 2013
'Filthy' yacht chef rocks boat: gal
Firm files lawsuit based on egregious sexual harassment on behalf of employee at Centerport Yacht Club of Long Island.

September 26, 2012
Organs taken from patients that doctors were pressured to declare brain dead: suit
Organs taken from patients that doctors were pressured to declare brain dead: suit

September 17, 2012
Help Wanted: Cleanliness in work breakrooms
Does an employer have to provide clean break areas for employees?

August 21, 2012
Help Wanted: Getting cut out of severance
Companies traditionally offer severance packages to employees who lose their jobs, not those who quit.

August 3, 2012
LI golfers hired strippers and hookers to entertain them at posh club: complaint
Bartender files EEOC charge alleging sexual harassment at Tam O'Shanter.

July 13, 2012
Female manager of Long Island-based national women's organization accused of harassment

'Grabby' manager at LI office accused of girl-on-girl 'harassment'
Ex-Employees Of L.I. Women's Organization Accuse Female Boss Of Butt Grabbing, Cat Calls

July 10, 2012
Help Wanted: Jobless benefits for Grandma?
Eligability of unemployment benefits to care for Grandmother

April 10, 2012
Help Wanted: Promised bonus must be paid
Employer's failure to pay the benefit is most likely a labor law violation.

February 28, 2012
Help Wanted: Legality of break on premises
Newsday's renowned "Ask the Employment Lawyer" consults with the Firm's Managing Partner on various employment law issues.

February 15, 2012
Ex-Long Beach comptroller seeks damages
Long Beach's former comptroller is seeking damages from the city after her attorney said she was terminated because she testified against a councilman.

November 17, 2011
Framed At The Airport: Queens Man Gets Shock Of His Life At JFK
Roger Levans, 56, was targeted as an unwitting drug mule, arrested, and faced a possible 40 years in prison.
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October 26, 2011
Employee sues Waldorf-Astoria for age & race discrimination, says hotel slashed tips, increased work
Samir Abdel-Mesih, 53, is suing the venerable New York hotel for age and race discrimination in a suit filed in Queens Supreme Court.

Suit: Life's no banquet at Waldorf
Egyptian-born Samir Abdel-Mesih, 53, a longtime banquet captain, is suing the hotel for allegedly cutting his gratuities in half and trying to replace him with younger white employees, according to the suit, filed by lawyers Peter Famighetti and Michael Borrelli, in Queens Supreme Court.

October 23, 2011
Union prez laid down for Mike: lawsuit
A labor leader who now has his eye on the city's top political office sacrificed his rank and file to curry favor with Mayor Bloomberg

October 6, 2011
At The End of Her Grope
A former stripper who went from showing her assets to managing those of her clients as the owner of a hedge fund has filed a complaint charging her former bosses with trying to coerce her into sex. Read more:

September 12, 2011
Ex-Medgar Evers College Professor Claims E-Mail Destroyed Her Shot At Tenure
A former professor says she was denied tenure and fired because of a salacious anonymous e-mail sent to the school.

September 12, 2011
CUNY teacher: I was axed after sex rumor
A former CUNY department chair said her career was derailed by an anonymous e-mail sent to the college president that claimed that she was sleeping around on campus and even had a student's baby -- and she's demanding that Yahoo give up the user's identity.

August 17, 2011
Suit: Back doc 'disc'-graceful
A horndog Manhattan chiropractor couldn't keep his hands off a pretty receptionist, constantly spewed lewd remarks at her -- and even asked her to pose for him on workout equipment, a sex-harassment suit charges.

July 28, 2011
'Stillbirth' teach sues
A Bronx teacher blames the stillbirth of her baby on the principal of her elementary school, whom she accuses of assigning grueling chores to force her to take a leave of absence.

June 16, 2011
57 too old at Cipriani: suit
Cipriani restaurant is trying to dump one of its senior waiters like day-old veal, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday.

April 7, 2011
Sex suit hits Foxy lawyer
High-powered attorney Salvatore Strazzullo, a staple on gossip pages who has represented boldface names and the people who sue them, was hit with a bombshell sexual-harassment suit yesterday.

March 20, 2011
Michael Borrelli on the Mancow show on ABC Radio:
World-renowned Japanese physicist Dr. Michio Kaku to talk about the latest from Japan, and his new book Physics of the Future. Our other favorite scientist-in-residence, Bill Nye the Science Guy, checked in as well to talk about everything nuclear. NY attorney Michael Borrelli calls in to talk about his latest client who is suing his boss for being "banished to New Jersey," the nightmare of all people who work in Manhattan. Michael Goodwin, columnist at The New York Post is sick and tired of the Obama administration's latest waffling when it comes to Libya, and he'll tell us why. Click on the following link and then click on the show for March 20, 2011.

Listen to Michael Borrelli on NPR regarding the Horodecki v. Elie Tahari matter here:
Click here to read/listen to this story

March 18, 2011
NY Fashion Exec Sues for $2 Million After Transfer to New Jersey
A senior manager at the New York fashion house Elie Tahari claims he had a mental breakdown after being forced to travel to New Jersey for work and is suing the company for $2 million.

March 18, 2011
Job in unstylish Jersey too 'depressing,' lawsuit says
Stylist for design house Elie Tahari demands $2 million for 'anguish' and 'depression'.

March 18, 2011
Elie Tahari manager exiled to New Jersey demands $2M for 'anguish'
For this fashion maven, going to New Jersey was worse than wearing white after Labor Day.

March 1st, 2011
Student Wins Right to Take Exam in Herricks Feud
A Herricks High School junior and aspiring shutterbug has snapped off a photo finish in her quest to compel school officials to allow her to earn early college credits.

February 15, 2011
Housing Authority superintendent says sound of boss' voice makes him vomit
A recent case claimed that an employee was verbally attacked by his boss and the sound of it made him vomit.

December 2, 2010
Concert promoter sued over 1950s singers' cancellations
In a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court in Riverhead, West Islip promoter Robert Albanese said Noone and Fabian, under pressure from Manhattan promoter Dick Fox, canceled their appearances two years ago at a concert at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills.

November 7, 2010
Axed CUNY Professor Slams Sex Rap
A popular CUNY professor says she was slammed with sex charges after she tried to blow the whistle on students who had no business being enrolled in the upper-level courses.

September 23, 2010
Workplace Sexual Discrimination on Long Island
As Sherry Alfano and countless others know, attractiveness in the workplace is a double-edged sword.

June 21, 2010
NYPD Colleagues Tried To Make Me Fall Guy: Cop's Suit
A retired NYPD detective claims in a federal lawsuit that he was ostracized, labeled a "rat" and hounded off the force for reporting colleagues who tried to blame him for another detective's botched murder investigation.

March, 2010
New York City Employees fired in Retaliation for Fighting for Benefits
Two city employees claim in federal suits that they were blacklisted - and one was fired - for trying to protect co-workers who handle toxic chemicals...

March, 2010
DEP Workers Claim They Were Penalized For Haz-Mat Beefs
Two lawsuits challenging the demotion and firing of two Department ofEnvironmental Protection workers have the potential to obtainfirst-responder status for workers in the agency who handle hazardousincidents, an attorney in the case claims.

December, 2009
Firm Files Lawsuit on behalf of Paralegal against Manhattan Law Firm for Terminating Her Employment Because Of Cancer
They practice family law -- but they'd better start boning up on employment litigation. A Midtown law firm is accused of firing a secretary just two hours after she informed her bosses she had cancer, according to a new lawsuit...

October, 2009
Housekeeper Sues Columbia University over Assault by Supervisor in the President's House
A former housekeeper at the president's residence at Columbia University says she was roughed up by her ex-boss -- and then brushed off by the school...

December, 2008
Circumcision Libel Suit
A federal judge will need the wisdom of King Solomon to settle this dispute. Angered over an online claim that he was not circumcised, a Queens man is suing a research group that mentioned the delicate subject on its Web site...

September, 2008
Firm Consults with Forbes Magazine Regarding Severance Agreements
Don't quickly agree to sign a severance agreement before determining whether you have a legal claim. You just might....

August, 2008
"Sex Suit at Times"
A New York Times copy editor grabbed himself during an office training session, but it was his colleague who got suspended for sexual harassment, according to a lawsuit....

'Worst of Times' Unveiled in Lawsuit
A lawsuit by a New York Times employee paints a disturbing portrait of a workplace rife with sexual harassment - including an alleged incident of office cubicle masturbation - and age discrimination...

February, 2008
Firm Settles Suit on behalf of Electchester Whistleblower Fired for Reporting Safety Violations to OSHA
A former employee at the Electchester Houses who turned whistle-blower after he was fired for objecting to unsafe working conditions was vindicated last month when the U.S. Department of Labor determined the man was owed $66,000 in back wages.




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