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New Rights for NYC Independent Contractors

May 16th, 2017

With the “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act, NYC Administrative Code § 20-927, et seq., coming into effect this week, New York City workers are better equipped to receive proper payment and protection from prevalent wage theft practices by employers.  A skyrocketing number of freelancers, who steadily dominate today’s on-demand service economy, no longer have to worry that their status as...

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A.G. Schneiderman Announces $40 Million Settlement With Investment Management Company For Tax Abuses, Marking Largest Tax Whistleblower Recovery In Office’s History

May 3rd, 2017

New York Attorney General  Eric T. Schneiderman announced last week that his office reached a  $40 million settlement with Alabama-based Harbert Management Corporation and top executives at the firm over allegations that they failed to pay millions in New York State tax on performance income for several years. Harbert Management was the fund sponsor for Harbinger Capital Partners, a $26...

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Walgreen Co. Pays $9.86M to Settle Allegations of Improper Medi-Cal Billings

May 3rd, 2017

On April 20, 2017, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California Phillip A. Talbert announced that Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) has paid $9.86 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Federal False Claims Act, when it knowingly submitted claims for reimbursement to California’s Medi-Cal program that were not supported by applicable diagnosis and documentation. Walgreens is one...

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Single Use of a Severe Racial Slur Can Lead to a Hostile Workplace

May 2nd, 2017

Workers in New York, Vermont, and Connecticut may now point to a single utterance of a racial slur when claiming that an employer has created a discriminatory hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This is significant as courts within the Second Circuit generally have sought a steady barrage of racial comments when establishing a hostile work...

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Seventh Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Is Protected By Title VII

April 6th, 2017

Employees in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin will be the first workers in the country with the right to sue employers in Federal Court for discriminatory employment practices based on sexual orientation.  In Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 5839, (7th Cir. 2017), the en banc Seventh Circuit ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination...

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