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Firm Negotiates $251,274.36 Settlement in Action for Overtime Compensation and Retaliation

Employment Compensation$251,274.36 – Action for Overtime Compensation and Retaliation - Firm represented a manager against her former employer, a corporation that owns and manages residential apartment buildings, asserting certain claims of violations of the Fair Housing Act, New York State Human Rights Law and the New York Labor Law (“NYLL”). The complaint in this matter alleged that Defendants paid our client a flat weekly rate of pay which fell below the amount required by the NYLL to qualify her for an overtime exemption. Nonetheless, Defendants required our client to work over forty hours per week and neglected to pay her for any of those excess hours. Additionally, the complaint asserted that Defendants required Plaintiff to live in the apartment building where she worked, yet still charged her rent, which amounted to unlawful deductions from her pay. Moreover, at some point, Defendants forced Plaintiff to carry out discriminatory housing practices. When Plaintiff refused to rent any apartments on Defendants’ behalf under such an unlawful policy, Defendants retaliated by harassing Plaintiff for over a year. Defendants continuously denied Plaintiff’s requests to stop verbally harassing her and breaking the law. This constructively led to the conclusion of Plaintiff’s employment. In further retaliation, Defendants filed several eviction proceedings, unlawfully increased Plaintiff’s rent, and spread lies about Plaintiff. After engaging in mediation, the Firm negotiated a settlement of $251,274.36 in March 2018. Michael J. Borrelli, Alexander T. Coleman, and Michael R. Minkoff handled the matter on behalf of the Firm.

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