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Zarda v. Altitude Express: Decided by the Supreme Court for LGBT Workers Nationwide

  • By gantollino
  • Law posted:Appeals
  • Date:June 18, 2020

In June 2010, I filed an EEOC charge and, shortly thereafter, a complaint in the Eastern District of New York, alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation as a subset of sex. We could not overcome earlier interpretations of the law, but I fought, first to a three-judge panel

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Pictures from Sunday’s Police Brutality Protest at Washington Square Park

© Gregory Antollino [caption id="attachment_1000" align="alignleft" width="240"] (We're living in a new world, but let's not abandon humor.)[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1011" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Sunday, June 7, 2020, © Gregory Antollino[/caption] © Gregory Antollino (share with attribution)

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Nurses’ lawsuit re lack of PPE gets notice

It is hard for nurses - some long-term employees, working in hospitals caring for COVID-19 patients - to speak out during the pandemic. One brave nurse reported her experience to the New York Times in an opinion piece. Meanwhile, NYU-Langone is threatening nurses with termination if they speak to the

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COVID in the Workplace – Hospital Whistleblowers

I've been working from home but it happens that some work I've been doing is COVID related. I'm glad to be - if not on the front lines - a few lines back. Layoffs and furloughs because of COVID-19 have occurred and will occur in the future. But if there is

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Why Should a Lawyer Need a Website?

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  • Law posted:Appeals
  • Date:March 09, 2020

Excuse the digression, and the answer is obvious. But I remember the practice of law in the early 2000s, when bigger firms (and some smaller ones) started posting basic information online. I resisted. Then I got a call from a client who asked me, after describing her case, how many

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You are entitled to be treated civilly, even if you are under arrest

New York City is one of the centers of modern civilization, and I am proud that I am here. However, we also know that the level of civility differs by neighborhood, especially, alas, in the way in which police officers sometimes exceed their authority to use force. If you have lived

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What you should know about the plain view doctrine

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution places strict prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizures of your property, so if a New York City police officer wants to search your vehicle, the officer must meet specific conditions, such as possessing a search warrant, or if the officer has probable cause to

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What is color of law?

When it comes to enforcement of civil rights violations, most of them will be violations made under the phrase "color of state law." Many New York cases may deal with this concept. The Department of Justice explains that color of law basically means anyone acting on behalf of a government

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Why you should complain of discrimination in the workplace

Perhaps the verb to use is not "should," but "must." The laws have changed - at least in New York - that a party bringing discrimination claims need not complain. The real question is whether an employer can use an employee's failure to complain as a defense: "Well, Ms. Plaintiff,

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Zarda v. Altitude Express

This is a blog where I bring some things on my mind or that come to my attention. The first involves the Zarda v. Altitude Express case, the one that changed the law in the Second Circuit. We don't know if it will go to the Supreme Court. Lots was

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