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 [...]
MFY filed a groundbreaking lawsuit on behalf of a Queens homeowner who paid thousands of dollars in fees to a company that promised a loan modification and legal services but provided nothing. The New York Post describes the suit, the first of its kind filed in the city under the distressed property consultant law.
MFY filed suit in state Supreme Court on Thursday, November 21, 2013, on behalf of Carmen Salvador, a vendor at the city-administered Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side, charging that the city’s refusal to renew the permit for her small clothing business violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and was arbitrary and capricious.
Barbara Graves-Poller, Supervising Attorney of MFY Legal Services’ Kinship Caregiver Law Project, testified before a joint hearing of the New York City Council’s General Welfare and Aging committees on the legal challenges facing grandparents and others who care for related children outside of the foster care system.
MFY, along with New Economy Project and DC37 filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the state’s efforts to protect New Yorkers from payday lenders whose practices violate the state’s usury laws and are illegal.
MFY discusses the problem of rampant wage theft against low wage workers and the recent information obtained by the Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage showing that the New York State Department of Labor is not keeping up with enforcement. Click here for the interview (at 2:20).
In March 2013 former employees of BNV Home Care Agency filed a lawsuit alleging that the agency stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from them and systematically violated New York State labor laws. In October 2013 the seven named plaintiffs, who are represented by MFY Legal Services and Abbey Spanier LLP, defeated a motion to [...]
MFY joined the American Civil Liberties Union and eight other organizations, including the National Consumer Law Center, in filing a joint brief with the United States Supreme Court in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. urging the court to recognize that “disparate impact” claims can be made under the [...]
Three-Quarter Houses: The View from the Inside, a report released October 17, 2013 by the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, reveals rampant building violations, dangerous overcrowding, and unlawful evictions in an unregulated industry that preys on people who have no other housing options. MFY Attorneys Tanya Kessler and Matthew [...]