New York City is an icon for the rich and famous. It is also known for its extravagant restaurants and exclusive nightlife. However, for many young women and men working in the NYC hospitality industry, incidents of sexual harassment are very common. According to a recent report, 8 in 10 hospitality workers have experienced being sexually harassed.
There are many federal laws, as well as many state statutes and city ordinances that govern sexual harassment in the workplace. According to the law, any unwelcome sexual advances, comments or actions constitute sexual harassment. Advances may be by a co-worker, supervisor, or anyone else in a place of authority. When a person brings an issue of sexual harassment to the attention of a superior or boss, the employer is responsible for addressing the problem and taking action. If not, an employer will be liable regardless of being directly involved in the sexual harassment. Continue reading “Sexual Harassment in The New York City Hospitality Industry”
While it is not uncommon for employers to give assessment tests to potential job candidates, one U.S. company has caught the eye of the media for its unusual vetting tool. Kyle Reyes, Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing, a public relations firm located in Hilliard Mills, Connecticut, created the controversial “snowflake test” as a means of weeding out candidates who don’t fit the company’s culture – specifically, “overly sensitive, liberal candidates that are too easily offended.” However, despite the significant publicity and, in some cases, praise, others have fiercely criticized the assessment and called into question the ethics and legality of it.
Recently, American fashion designers and former child actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have moved to settle a lawsuit brought by a former intern. In September 2015, Shahista Lalani filed suit against the the sisters, known collectively as the Olsen twins, in New York Supreme Court, alleging that she worked 50-hour weeks without pay or college credit. Ms. Lalani filed a “proposed class action to join other unpaid interns” who had worked for the Olsen twins. She requested the court grant damages, minimum wage, and overtime. In 2012, Ms. Lalani worked for the clothing line “The Row,” a high-end fashion line owned by the Olsen twins.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on discrimination in casting calls for the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” Although specifying race, age, and gender is legal in audition calls, the Actors’ Equity Association, a union organization, generally checks the audition notices before going out. The notices for Hamilton, which posted from late 2015, were not reviewed by Actors’ Equity. They have sparked discussion over the formalities and procedures to avoiding discrimination in audition calls.
Recently, the New York Post reported that Bloomberg, a financial media company, has agreed to pay $3.2 million in a settlement for overtime wages. The Manhattan federal class-action lawsuit was initiated by customer service employees who claimed they were not compensated for overtime.
All companies must now be familiar with the Labor Department’s new rules defining independent contractor versus employee status for several reasons. In addition to working for principals as an independent worker, many rep firms hire employees to assist in their businesses. When are workers employees? When are they contractors? These are differences in definitions that have huge legal implications.
In 2014, New York City Mayor de Blasio signed into effect the Earned Sick Time Act, and later approved further amendments that would offer employees greater protection by expanding the Act. Recently, companies such as Best Buy and FedEx have been fined for not complying with the law that went into effect in April 2014.
The Zika virus, which was originally identified in 2015, has spread to approximately 33 countries. Many of the countries are in the Americas. Recently, the World Health Organization has announced an international health emergency because it is now thought the virus is linked in causing microcephaly.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on July 22 of last year a settlement of $46,000 with C&S Wholesale Grocers for terminating employees who were injured on the job. The settlement followed an investigation by the Attorney General into C&S Wholesale Grocers, popularly known as “C&S”, the largest wholesale grocery company in the country.
The investigation followed an appeal in which the Attorney General’s Office successfully represented the Worker’s Compensation Board.
I am grateful that I was referred to Steven Sack by another law firm. I felt my options were limited and that perhaps a satisfactory resolution was impossible. Then I met Steven Sack. Professional, no-nonsense, and extremely empathetic is what I found within 5 minutes of speaking with Steven. His guidance and support in navigating the process was invaluable. His expertise led to a quick and positive outcome - a severance much more than I had imagined. I am grateful for his hard work and dedication to my case. I highly recommend Steven Sack without reservation.
Steven Sack is an extraordinary attorney and I am fortunate that I was referred to him by another firm. I can't thank him enough for the help he provided during a very difficult time.During my first conversation with Steven I immediately felt protected. He was empathetic, understood what I was going through, listened to me and asked great questions.After gathering all of my information, he immediately jumped into action and handled everything. Throughout the process, he gave me great advice, was incredibly responsive, provided crystal clear information, always kept me updated, and was super transparent about every single detail throughout the entire process.The result was better than I ever imagined it could be and I credit Mr. Sack's expertise and negotiating acumen with making it happen. Thank you, Mr. Sack!
I highly recommend Steven Sack. You'll get efficiency, experience, and respect.I was a part of a structured layoff and was referred to Steven Sack. I'm really glad I was able to have him look over my contract and termination and give me the peace of mind that I was treated fairly and walked away with the best possible terms. When you're suddenly let go, emotions and stress can run hotter than normal, but Steven is a sensible, realistic, and pragmatic person who respects your situation and helps you understand what's going on. He brings his experience so that you can breathe a little easier in letting him handle the negotiations and what would be stressful conversations to handle yourself. He's communicative and will let you know the status as things progress, so you're not worrying about updates. Again, I highly recommend you reach out no matter your situation as the consultation process is very easy and Steven is very responsive.
Steven was very knowledgeable and personable. I was referred through a good friend, and I was impressed immediately. Steven helped me through my process and I was very pleased with the final result. I will continue to ask for his counsel through my career, thank you!
From our first interaction I knew that Mr. Sack was the right lawyer for me. He is a man of strong character who truly believes in fighting for what is right. He has a deep passion for the law & his clients. Mr. Sack doesn’t just talk a good game he stands behinds his convictions. He is direct & to the point when speaking with you. He said from the start that he would be honest & straight forward with me & he was, even when I did not necessarily want to hear the truth. He is compassionate & truly listens to his clients, but he will always tell them the hard truths about their case.Mr. Sacks years of experience speak for itself. Within a matter of several phone calls & emails to myself, my employer & their council he negotiated for me a much-improved severance package. A package that reflected my years of dedicated service, & the value I brought to my former employer. I was as a 23-year veteran employee with an impeccable personnel file & a strong reputation both inside the company & within my field.Bottom line, Mr. Sack is a seasoned professional with a direct, no-nonsense, take-charge approach towards working with his clients & negotiating for them. I would highly recommend him & would not hesitate to use his services again.-Christine TenEyck
I had the privilege of working with Steven Sack as my employment attorney, and it is with utmost pleasure and gratitude that I write this review. Mr. Sack is a true champion who fought diligently on my behalf, ensuring that my rights were protected and interests were served. His unwavering dedication, exceptional responsiveness, and unparalleled professionalism set him apart as a remarkable advocate.From the moment I reached out to Steven Sack, I was impressed by his promptness in addressing my concerns. His responsiveness was nothing short of exceptional. He consistently made himself available to discuss my case, answer my questions, and provide me with the guidance I needed. I always felt valued as a client, as he took the time to listen attentively to my story and understand the intricate details of my situation.Throughout the entire legal process, Mr. Sack exhibited the highest level of professionalism. He approached my case with meticulous attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned. His expertise and experience in employment law were evident as he skillfully navigated the complexities of my situation. With each interaction, he displayed a deep understanding of the law and an ability to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner, ensuring that I was well-informed and able to make sound decisions.What truly sets Steven Sack apart is his unwavering commitment to his clients' best interests. He consistently prioritized my well-being and fought vigorously to achieve the best possible outcome for me. Throughout the process, Mr. Sack provided invaluable guidance, ensuring that I had a comprehensive understanding of my options and the potential consequences of each decision. His astute judgment and strategic approach allowed me to make informed choices that ultimately led to a more favorable resolution than I had initially anticipated.One aspect of working with Steven Sack that left a lasting impression was his integrity and reliability. He consistently followed through on his commitments, which provided me with a sense of trust and confidence. I was never left in the dark, wondering about the progress of my case, as he provided regular updates and promptly communicated any developments. Mr. Sack's professionalism and reliability instilled in me a sense of comfort and security during what could have been an overwhelming and stressful experience.In conclusion, Steven Sack is simply the best at his craft. His unwavering commitment to his clients, his exceptional responsiveness, his unmatched professionalism, and his ability to provide the best possible guidance are qualities that make him stand head and shoulders above the rest. I am eternally grateful for his outstanding representation, as it resulted in a better outcome than I could have ever imagined. If you find yourself in need of an employment attorney, I wholeheartedly recommend Steven Sack. With him by your side, you can rest assured that you will receive top-notch legal counsel and an advocate who will fight fiercely for your rights.
This review comes less than 1 week of meeting Steven. From the first telephone call he was confident, professional and honest. He comes with experience that equal results. I was referred to Steven by another law firm for his expertise with my employment situation. I’m so happy the connection was made. I was given an appointment for the same evening for a consultation, though I opted for another day. In less than 72 hours..Huge progress was made. I have a ways to go but I’m convinced that I’m in good hands with Steven. I also received a FREE signed hardcover copy of Steven’s best selling book “FIRED!”. Thank you Steven you are THE BEST.. hands down.
Steven Stack helped me with an unfair severance package.I had one session with him and he helped me get triple my severance and additional bonuses by taking his advice and reading his book. If you have an unfair severance, his time and advice is worth it.Steven does good work. He's the real deal. I'm so grateful for his generosity with his time, and helping people in cases big and small.
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Steven Mitchell Sack, Esq. this year.Steven is honest with his clients, sets realistic expectations about a case, and always follows through on his promises.I was referred to Steven by a friend of mine, his former client, and now I myself can highly recommend Steven to anyone seeking legal help in labor relations.
Steven was straight to the point, thorough and extremely respectful regarding all matters surrounding my employment termination. As a young person who had never hired a lawyer before, I am very thankful that I found Steven and that he was on my side. Steven valued my concerns and was a pillar of education and support for me. Steven Sack is the attorney you want to represent you, I cannot thank him enough for all of his help.
Steven was so helpful and patient. I had never been terminated from a job or worked with a lawyer before, so I had a lot of questions and anxieties. He not only explained my rights and helped ease my concerns around the situation, but he was even able to negotiate a better severance contract for me. He is incredibly responsive and I look forward to reading his book.
I retained Steven Sack and he is a class act. His knowledge and advice was far beyond what I expected. I had learned so much. I am so happy to have found him. He is the real deal. You will be glad to have him on your side.
I had a great experience with Steven Mitchell Sack. He was very empathetic, detail oriented and extremely knowledgeable of employment law. He returned my calls and e-mails quite promptly, and was very clear and honest with what to expect. When it came to negotiating my severance package, this attorney came through for me. He’s tough, but knows how to talk to lawyers, particularly in my case as we were dealing with a huge company. Thank you Steve, I’m so appreciative of your help.
Steven is an outstanding lawyer! He exceeded my expectations. He not only made me feel comfortable discussing my case from the start but was also very honest, attentive and does what he says! He is truly the BEST!!
Steven pulled victory from the clutches of defeat. My situation was grim and I had no leverage in negotiating my severance. Steven stepped in, didn't over promise, and got me much better terms. He's great. An absolute miracle worker.
Mr. Sack helped me get a severance when my employer had no intentions of providing me with one, after I was terminated. He tells you the truth; no bs, even though it might not be what you want to hear. He always answered my calls personally and exlpained next steps in details. He fought for my rights, and I'm very pleased with the outcome. Highly recommend!!
Steven Sack is not only very knowledgeable in his profession, he is also a good person, someone who believes in and lives by certain values and principles. He was very professional, guided me as I needed, a true expert by all means. Looking forward to reading his latest book!
Mr. Steven Sack has played an integral role in negotiating my severance package from my employer. He is an expert attorney on employee rights and works diligently on his client's behalf to achieve the most favorable outcome. I have never met a lawyer who has shown such dedication to his client.
Steven is an incredible person that also happens to practice his craft on a level that will impress you out the gate. Hiring him and talking to him will immediately give you peace of mind. One thing to be careful of is that after working with him you will start expecting more from every other lawyer you ever work with!
Steven Sack exceeded my expectations when he represented me in negotiating the terms of my severance. Steven is incredibly competent, and what I appreciate most about him is that he is a gentleman.Steven is punctual, thorough and he always kept his word. If he says he is going to do something, he does it.I recommend Steven without exception. He earned my complete confidence.
Steven is amazing. When working with him he is easy to understand, transparent, and does what he says he's going to do. He actually answers his phone when you call and gets back to you promptly -- a quality that's becoming quite rare these days!I'm very glad I was referred to him.
I had the absolute pleasure of being represented by Steve and it was definitely more than a great partnership. He was with me throughout the entire process and the communication was absolutely stellar. Highly recommend Steve and his professional skill should you ever be in need of legal counsel or representation. Thank you Steve!
Steven is an incredible attorney and I highly recommend him!He always made himself available whenever I needed him, and he did exactly what he said he was going to do. He also stayed on top of my case with diligence, and consistently followed up with me regarding updates. I found him to be straightforward, honest and very knowledgeable. He is also a very nice guy and made me feel like someone was on my side and was going to help, and he gave great advice on how to move forward. I will certainly reach out to him if I ever need him again. Thanks greatly Steven!Vanessa S.
Steven Sack was very Professional, Sympathetic and truly cares about people he was very vital in helping me in resolving my issue Steve Sack truly loves his job & stress free. He was extremely responsive worked quickly, negotiating on my behalf. And it was worth it! I would definitely use him again with no hesitation!
I first heard of Steven on a morning radio show talking about his new book, Fired! Coincidently soon after that I needed somebody like him.Steven is super smart, very knowledgeable, thorough, and understands what a person is going through who is either accepting an offer or just got laid off or fired. He was very prompt to respond and turned things around within hours. Best part, his hourly rates are very reasonable.Steven is now on my permanent call list for all things employment law.
Mr. Steve Sack did a great job with negotiating my employment separation agreement. He was able to get me more money in severance and an additional week of PTO. In addition, he was diligent with constant follow-up on my behalf with my former employer's attorney (who were very slow to respond), and with me for revisions in the agreement and obtaining the proper signatures over the course of several months. I would definitely recommend him.
Steven was an amazing attorney to work with. He worked quickly during a time-sensitive matter. His communications and responsiveness were impeccable. Steven went above and beyond and even helped me after our contract was complete. He truly cares about his clients and I will be using him again.
Steve Sack truly loves his job and cares about people. He was extremely responsive on all occasions, worked under a tight deadline, and made me laugh along the way. I felt completely at ease having Steve negotiate on my behalf...such a relief to not try to do that myself. And it was worth it! A true professional. I'd use him again in a heartbeat and have already recommended him to others.
Steven made the process of navigating my employment situation very easy. He heard my concerns, was responsive, easily accessible and answered every question that I had. He explained to me what to expect every step of the way and his advice was spot on. Steven truly cares for his clients and has their best interest at heart. I highly recommend working with Steven.
Steven Sack is like a David to Goliath. He is a rock star employment attorney with a big heart. He immediately took my call and negotiated my agreement. This man really cares about the people's rights. Knowledge/intelligence is his super power. God gifted Mr. Sack! Everyone should read his books to better protect yourself. Thank you.
Steven Sack was amazing. I needed someone to review my offer quickly. Took my call and walked me through the same day! The whole time he was amazing. Actually is extremely funny and charming. I will forever recommend Steven to anyone who needs an employment lawyer. He is sincerely out to protect you!
Attorney Steven Sack fights for the little guy/gal/person. He was very kind and generous to help me, knowing that my case was pretty small compared to others. To me, this speaks volumes to his character and shows he does what he does because he truly cares. He also helped me to get a better outcome for my situation, and I am so grateful for that. I cannot thank Mr. Sack enough for his help!
Steven was an excellent attorney who helped me navigate a very difficult work situation with ease. He guided me through every step of the way, has a wealth of knowledge, was an excellent communicator and most importantly, we got a good outcome. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone looking for an employment attorney,
I can’t say enough great things about Steven. I knew from our first call that he was different from all of the other lawyers I consulted with, and believe me, I spoke with many. His expertise is apparent and proved incredibly valuable during negotiations. He is extremely transparent, which is hard to come by nowadays, and was always quick to respond and provide updates as soon as they happened.Not only does he know his stuff but he actually cared about the details and circumstances, which personally meant a lot to me and put me at ease during a very difficult time. After a really long search I began to give up hope of finding representation that wasn’t only focused on “what was in it for them” Steven was that needle in the haystack that completely changed my mind. I can’t thank or recommend him enough!
Outstanding! A lawyer with human compassion. “Steven was always made himself available to speak to me at any given time. Whenever, I had doubts or a question Steven gave me moral and professional support."
— Francesca G.
Mr. Sack answered every phone call, text message and email that I sent to him giving me assurance that I was in 'good hands' and I couldn't agree with that statement more. He is an exceptional attorney and I recommend that you contact him immediately if you're ever in the same situation I was in."
— Teodoro "Jon" N.
“Steven extended an outstanding effort, and effective service, which resolved a complex matter with an ex-employer. I can't imagine having better attorney services than Steven.”
— Rick B.
"Mr. Sack was extremely precise, professional, kept to a time line, and always called when he said he would. He was also very supportive and reassuring. He offered a lot of help during this difficult time one experiences when they have lost their job. I would highly recommend him to anyone with a need for an employee’s lawyer."
"I wanted to express my sincere thanks for the work you did on my behalf. I know it wasn’t easy.
Now that I have made the decision to pursue a greater compensation through litigation, if necessary, I feel much better.
Thank you once again for making this whole experience more bearable.”
— Maria C.
A Master at his Legal Craft! “Steven Mitchell Sack is the best Employment and Labor lawyer in New York City. As a successful business owner for the past 33 years, I have hired him for different cases.”
— Robin M.
“I am writing you to thank you for writing the book 'Getting Fired.' Due to what I learned in your book I was able to leave my former position with a generous severance package.”
— Alfonzo M.
“Mr. Sack was phenomenal. He was extremely clear, helpful, and realistic but at the same time energizing, very hardworking and fast. He gave me strength to keep going when I wanted to collapse and hide.”