On March 14, 2014, MFY Legal Services and co-counsel Levy Davis & Maher LLP filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of former employees of C & I Associates, Inc., a cable installation services company, alleging that it systematically failed to pay its employees for waiting time and overtime.
In a memorandum and order issued today, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis approved a settlement between New York State, the U.S. Department of Justice, and a class of approximately 4,000 adult home residents. The settlement ensures that thousands of adult home residents in New York City will have the opportunity to move out of [...]
In comments today to proposed rules on debt collection, MFY urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to adopt strong rules and robust enforcement mechanisms to protect consumers from abusive debt collection practices.
A worker represented by MFY Legal Services filed suit in New York Supreme Court alleging that the operators of the Queens parking lot where he frequently worked over 80 hours per week failed to pay him the minimum wage and did not pay any overtime. Read the complaint here.
Arguing that a landlord should not be allowed to evict a tenant after waiting four years to bring a non-payment of rent claim, MFY attorneys Sandra Gresl and Scott Stamper used the legal concept known as “laches” to win a significant reduction in rent arrears and prevent the tenant’s eviction. Click here to read the [...]
MFY attorney Dinah Luck convinced the court to dismiss a summary holdover after showing that the owner deliberately misstated the apartment’s rent-regulated status in court filings. The judge clarified that the requirement to correctly categorize a tenant’s status is “no mere technicality” but instead a necessary piece of information to notify tenants and courts alike [...]
A settlement was approved on January 13, 2014 in a case challenging the New York City Housing Authority’s termination of the Section 8 rental subsidy of a Staten Island tenant who is blind after the agency failed to provide notice to the tenant in an accessible format. NYCHA agreed to adopt new policies and procedures [...]
MFY submitted comments regarding work search regulations proposed by the New York State Department of Labor that would render ineligible otherwise eligible low-wage workers because they are unable to comply with bureaucratic requirements. We oppose these punitive regulations and propose that the focus be on assisting people with their job searches and the barriers they [...]
MFY filed suit in Bronx Supreme Court on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, on behalf of a former worker of Rio Cobre Restaurant & Lounge, charging that the restaurant’s owner violated minimum wage and overtime laws, and violated the New York City Human Rights Law by firing the worker because of his sexual orientation.
MFY submitted comments strongly opposing the Office of Court Administration’s (OCA) proposal to create statewide forms for debt collectors to use when seeking default judgments in consumer credit actions. Although MFY recognizes OCA’s initiative in addressing the meager amount of proof required to obtain default judgments in these cases, the proposed forms actually serve to [...]