Labor Law Article 6: A Misunderstood Law that Fully Protects all Employees’ Wages

Posted with permission by the Albany Law Review.  The correct citation is: Scott A. Lucas, Labor Law Article 6: A Misunderstood Law that Fully Protects All Employees’ Wages, 80 Alb. L. Rev. 1355 (2016/2017).   INTRODUCTION Wage theft occurs when an employer fails to pay wages or benefits owed.1 It…

Does New York’s Wage Payment Law Have a Gaping Loophole?

  Article 6 of the New York Labor Law (Labor Law §§ 190-199-a) is a fee-shifting statute, the overall intent of which is to protect employees from having their rightful wages kept from them.[1]  The statute “reflects the state’s ‘longstanding policy against the forfeiture of earned but undistributed wages.’”[2]  To protect…

$6.2 Million Verdict: Santana, et al. v. G.E.B. Medical Management, Inc., et al

In an 8 year battle over pregnancy discrimination, Scott A. Lucas represented three women who were harassed, mistreated and ultimately terminated once their employer discovered they were pregnant or suspected them of being pregnant. “The verdict sends a message to all employers that they can’t harass and fire women for being…

Groundbreaking Legal Precedent: Samiento, et al. v. World Yacht, Inc., et al.

Samiento, et al. v. World Yacht, Inc., et al., 10 N.Y.3d 70, 883 N.E.2d 990, 854 N.Y.S.2d 83 (New York, 2008) In a case closely watched throughout New York State’s restaurant and banquet industry, Scott A. Lucas argued before the State’s highest court on behalf of 14 waiters suing to…

$2.6 Million Verdict: Brown v. Suggs

The Law Offices of Scott A. Lucas represented the plaintiff in a trial that produced one of the highest abuse of process awards ($2.6 million) in New York State history. The case, Brown v. Suggs, involved a 7½ year litigation against Willie Kathryn Suggs, a well-known Harlem real estate broker….