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Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C.

Notable Cases

The firm has served as counsel in many individual and class actions that have resulted in victories, settlements and important legal precedents. Some of the firm's significant representations are as follows:

Browne Sanders v. Madison Square Garden, Isiah Thomas, and James Dolan
The jury ruled in plaintiff's favor on her claims of sexual harassment and retaliation and awarded $11.6 million in punitive damages.  The case settled before the district court ruled on plaintiff's claim for lost wages and benefits.

County of Suffolk v. Long Island Lighting Co.
The firm represented approximately 1,000,000 ratepayers in a consumer class action brought against LILCO. The claims asserted were civil RICO and fraud. The action was successfully settled after a lengthy litigation.

Davis v. Abercrombie & Fitch
The firm represented over 60 loss prevention supervisors and agents in Abercrombie & Fitch stores in New York and New Jersey who asserted claims for unpaid overtime, as well as several individuals who asserted claims of discrimination and retaliation.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. South Beach Beverage Corp & PepsiCo
The firm represented five female employees who were part of a class action brought by the EEOC for wide-spread sexual harassment. The matter was resolved pursuant to a consent decree that was approved by the district court.

Ezold v. Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen
First case alleging sex discrimination in denial of partnership to a female attorney at a large law firm; trial widely followed by bar and verdict for plaintiff was later reversed by circuit court.

FitzGerald v. Ford Marrin Esposito Witmeyer & Gleser, L.L.P.
Sexual harassment action on behalf of female attorney at a law firm. A jury verdict in plaintiff's favor was upheld by the Second Circuit Court.

Gambale v. Deutsche Bank AG
Gender discrimination action on behalf of a managing director at Deutsche Bank. The matter was resolved shortly before trial.

Ginsberg v. Valhalla Anesthesia Assocs., P.C.
Pregnancy discrimination action on behalf of a doctor. A jury verdict in plaintiff's favor was substantially upheld by the district court.

Goonan v. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 12 Civ. 3859 (S.D.N.Y.).
The firm successfully defended a motion to dismiss the disability discrimination and retaliation claims of a 9/11 survivor who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Plaintiff Bruce Goonan was forced to end his twenty-five year career at the NY Fed when the NY Fed refused to provide him with reasonable accommodations for his disability in violation of federal, state, and city anti-discrimination laws.  On January 9, 2013, United States District Court Judge Oetken for the Southern District of New York denied the NY Fed's motion to dismiss the case.  In a lengthy opinion, Judge Oetken rejected the NY Fed's arguments that it had offered plaintiff reasonable accommodations, and that plaintiff's state and city laws were preempted by a federal law granting banks the power to dismiss at pleasure its employees.  Judge Oetken determined that there was no evidence that Congress intended the 1913 banking law, upon which the NY Fed relied, to give Federal Reserve Banks unlimited discretion in its employment practices, even as against later-enacted anti-discrimination laws.  Goonan v. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 12 Civ. 3859 (S.D.N.Y.).

Harris v. E.F. Hutton Group
The firm represented a class of approximately 100 high-level employees who were deprived of payment for their shares of stock upon a change in control when Shearson Lehman and E.F. Hutton merged. The case settled for more than $16 million.

Herlihy v. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Age discrimination and defamation action on behalf of an employee at the museum. Motions to dismiss were denied and upheld by the Appellate Division on a novel issue of law.

Lewis v. Communicar Inc.
Retaliation claim for car service administrator who assisted fellow employee in prosecuting age discrimination claim. The jury ruled in plaintiff's favor on his claims.

Krueger v. New York Telephone
This age discrimination action on behalf of workers at New York Telephone was settled following the district court's order granting class certification.

Lott v. Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Inc.
The case involved a race discrimination action on behalf of African-American workers at a nuclear waste disposal site in South Carolina. Claims include disparate treatment in promotions, raises and work assignments

Lyons v. Legal Aid Society
The Second Circuit Court held that an employee with a mobility impairment was entitled to a reasonable accommodation of a parking space, and that employees generally can request reasonable accommodations in getting to and returning home from work.

Mahoney v. Canada Dry Bottling Co. of New York
Retaliation claim on behalf of beverage salesperson. Jury verdict in plaintiff's favor.

Matice, Simonson, Stern and Vernimb v. Pfizer Inc.
Series of arbitrations in which the firm successfully represented claimants seeking benefits under an enhanced severance plan that applied to employees who were constructively discharged following Pfizer's acquisition of Warner-Lambert.

Meloff v. New York Life Ins. Co.
Defamation and retaliation action on behalf of employee allegedly fired for improperly using corporate credit card. The firm was successful in two appeals before the Second Circuit Court.

Pappas v. Watson Wyatt
Plaintiff who was fired after advising her employer of her supervisor's inappropriate conduct prevailed at trial on her retaliation claim.

Sotak v. McGraw Hill
Jury ruled for plaintiff on his age discrimination claim, resulting in an award of over $350,000.

Whittlesey v. Union Carbide Corp.
Established the right of a plaintiff to recover "front pay" under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act in the Second Circuit Court. Also defined "key employee" under that statute.

Wieder v. Skala
The New York Court of Appeals held that plaintiff, an attorney, should not have been fired for insisting that his firm report professional misconduct that the ethical rules required to be reported.

Zakre v. Norddeutsche Landesbank
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed an award of over $2.3 million in favor of plaintiff after she prevailed before a jury on all of her claims of sex discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment.

Protecting workers' rights for more than 50 years

Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. provides comprehensive employment law legal services. Please call us at (212) 403-7300 or contact us online. One of our attorneys will call you to discuss a possible consultation.