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A Haddonfield start-up is being sued for denying parental leave

When Alex Ciambriello started working at Haddonfield-based start-up CollX in 2022, he thought the job would be ideal for him as a parent of young children. It was a remote job, and the founder of the company had his own children, who actually came up with the idea for the company. But after Ciambriello and his wife, Taj, welcomed their second child last year, the data engineer said, “the rug got pulled out from under us.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Famed fashion photographer accused of forcing budding model to masturbate before sexually assaulting her, horrific lawsuit reveals

Lawson’s lawyer Julia Elmaleh-Sachs told The Post in a statement that exploitation of young women in modeling “is sadly nothing new. Marc Baptiste, a powerful, well-connected photographer and serial predator took advantage of our client when she was an eager 22-year old model. He sexually assaulted her, then blacklisted her from the industry while he went on to shoot icons like Misty Copeland and Missy Elliott."

The New York Post

NY lawmakers look to limit judges cutting jury awards after employer bias suits

“The New York State Human Rights Law is supposed to be this really protective and progressive statute, but it is undermined by remittitur because companies are discouraged from paying large sums of money and so they're just getting a slap on the wrist for their behavior,” Elmaleh-Sachs said. “What is $50,000? That's just the cost of doing business.”

Gothamist

Mother files lawsuit against New York hospital, fights to bring her baby home

Gonzalez was never allowed to visit her son in the hospital again. She couldn’t breastfeed. Unable to afford a breast pump, she developed mastitis and grew severely ill. She began experiencing depression and panic attacks, and she still can’t bear to look at photos from her son’s birth. Despite all of this, Gonzalez is unwavering in her decision to use her voice to call attention to something she suspects has been experienced by other survivors of domestic violence, too.

The 19th

The 19th Explains: What’s next for New York’s Adult Survivors Act on sexual assault

“The most important element of the New York Adult Survivors Act is that it creates institutional liability,” said Jacob Eidinger, director of marketing and communications at Crumiller P.C., one of the firms representing the majority of survivors who have filed suit under the law. “Suddenly, survivors are not only able to sue their individual abuser, but any individual or institution that may have played a role in covering up or otherwise enabling the abuse.”

The 19th

New York’s Adult Survivors Act Has Expired

The Survivors Law Project, a collaboration between lawyers Carrie Goldberg and Susan Crumiller, filed suit against the New York Police Department under the act, alleging “a pervasive and long-standing custom and practice of transferring and/or demoting female police officers in retaliation for making complaints of sexual harassment.”

Mother Jones

Distinguished Leader: Susan Crumiller

"When I first started my practice, I was always looking to talk to people more experienced than me, with bigger firms or bigger verdicts than mine. That was short-sighted. I have learned so much from my colleagues who are the future of this industry."

New York Law Journal

EP. 125 – Susan Crumiller (The Feminist Litigation Firm)

Our first guest, Susan Crumiller, is the ultimate leader to kick off this series: a passionate advocate for change as the founder of feminist litigation firm Crumiller. Susan talks us through her personal journey – from spiky-haired teenage wrestler, to starting her own law firm when she faced mistreatment at work after having her second child. Along the way, she shines a light on what it looks like to use your own privilege to advocate for others.

Thomson Reuters' The Hearing

Employment Atty Sexually Assaulted Associate, Court Told

A worker's-side employment law partner fostered a "toxic cesspool" of harassment at the firm where he worked with a female attorney before sexually assaulting and firing her, she told a New York court Tuesday. Ex-associate Kalisha Crawford sued David Ratner, her former boss at Morelli Ratner PC and now a partner at California-based Ratner Molineaux LLP, alleging that he forcibly kissed and touched her, then derailed her career in 2010 and 2011. The suit invokes the Adult Survivors Act, a New York State law that created a one-year window, ending in November, to lodge otherwise time-barred sex misconduct claims.

Law360

She Said Equinox Fired Her for Being a Black Woman. A Jury Agreed.

The swiftness of the jury’s decision and the size of the payout — $10 million in punitive damages and $1.25 million for the distress she suffered — follow a pattern similar to the verdict reached in the same courthouse just a few weeks before, in E. Jean Carroll’s defamation suit against Donald J. Trump. In both instances, the process and outcome suggest the ways in which recent transformative social movements around race and gender might reframe the way that juries think about the long shadow of emotional disruption that bigotry or sexual violence can produce.

The New York Times

One Woman’s Search for Her Mother’s Rapist — Her Father

Last November, the Adult Survivors Act went into effect, giving survivors a one-year look-back window to sue their abusers, as well as the institutions that enabled them, for acts outside the statute of limitations. Cruz retained victims’-rights attorneys Susan Crumiller and Carrie Goldberg, and on Monday filed suit in Monroe County, New York, court on behalf of her mother against OPWDD, which operated Monroe, alleging sexual assault and battery, negligence, and gender discrimination.

New York Magazine

Susan Crumiller, Founder of ‘The Feminist Litigation Firm’

Susan Crumiller doesn’t do restrictions. She never has. When she decided to join the wrestling team in high school – black hair, black lipstick and all – it didn’t even occur to her that she might be the school’s first female wrestler. When people were shocked, that only motivated her more.

Lawdragon

Hundreds of New York Women Are About to Sue Alleged Rapists (and Enablers) Under a Revolutionary New Law

“We’re finally at the point where we’re about to storm the courts with these really important cases,” victims rights lawyer Carrie Goldberg said in the Safe Horizon webinar teaching survivors about the new law. On Monday, Goldberg’s firm announced it would be working with employment lawyer Susan Crumiller to file cases under the new law—an initiative they call the Survivors Law Project.

Mother Jones

A Black Woman Who Used To Work At Planned Parenthood Is Suing The Organization For Racial Discrimination And Wrongful Termination

The lawsuit also references BuzzFeed News’ 2020 reporting on Black employees' allegations of racism and hypocrisy at reproductive rights organizations, including, prominently, Planned Parenthood. Leadership at Planned Parenthood reacted poorly to the optics of the backlash and not the content of the articles, Moore alleges, and failed to take substantial action.

Buzzfeed News

Jeffrey Epstein victims condemn Prince Andrew’s return to public life

Susan Crumiller, who also has not represented any Epstein victims but whose practice focuses on feminist litigation, said: “Every time abusers are allowed to participate in public life without opprobrium, we as a society are saying that we value abusers over their victims. The message to survivors everywhere is loud and clear – and it is harmful."

The Guardian

Equinox Must Face Bulk Of Black Ex-Trainer’s Bias Suit

Equinox can't escape most of a Black former personal trainer's bias claims that she was subjected to racist comments by co-workers and barred from working with white clients, as a New York federal judge ruled the conduct was pervasive enough to be unlawful but that her firing wasn't retaliatory.

Law360

Agencies Have an Ageism Problem

According to Susan Crumiller, founding attorney at Crumiller PC, while it is harder to show that “employers aren’t just acting out of legitimate business concerns,” she sees clients who feel they have been boxed out due to an inability to keep up with company culture. “If you’re at a company with a culture that consists of going out and doing shots every night, there might be an assumption that older adults aren’t interested,” said Crumiller. “That’s a form of discrimination because that has nothing to do with their work performance.”

Adweek

Former LI Postal Worker Sues USPS, Claiming Supervisors Harassed Her

“Ms. Bartlett has shown an extraordinary amount of courage in coming forward,” said Hilary Orzick, an associate at Crumiller P.C. who represents Bartlett. “USPS completely disregarded her rights as a person with a disability and failed to take any meaningful action when it received her complaints of sexual harassment by multiple supervisors. We look forward to aggressively litigating on Ms. Bartlett’s behalf and holding USPS accountable for the harm she suffered while working there."

Long Island Patch

Former top scientist, CFO accuse spine company leadership of sexism

The former CFO and top scientist of DiscGenics are suing the spinal medtech company for alleged misconduct from top leadership. C-suite leaders, including CEO Flagg Flanagan and COO Bob Wynalek allegedly made crude, sexist comments in multiple incidents, according to a lawsuit filed May 23 by Lara Silverman, PhD, and Jeffrey Poole. Some alleged comments were made toward Dr. Silverman's ability to work while being a mother, and others were inappropriate discussions about Mr. Flanagan's personal life, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit also alleges Dr. Silverman wasn't provided proper lactation space.

Becker's Spine Review

She replaced ‘Dr. Death.’ Now she’s suing his old Utah company for discrimination

“There was a lot of sexual banter and locker room talk against women against members of the LGBT community,” Silverman said Tuesday in an interview with FOX 13 News. Silverman says she was pregnant twice in her 10 years at the company. “I was asked how I would do my job,” she said. “I was told I needed a transition plan because I would have two kids and I wouldn't be able to work anymore.”

Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Top Scientist at Fancy Biotech Firm Says It Was a #MeToo Nightmare

Then the highest-ranking scientist at DiscGenics, a Salt Lake City biotech startup, Silverman had disclosed to her employer months before that she was expecting her first child. Now the company’s chief executive, Flagg Flanagan, was suddenly putting her in the spotlight. “How is she going to do her job now?” she recalls Flanagan griping to her colleagues.

The Daily Beast

Advocates for pay equity and businesses spar in hearing over salary disclosure law

Advocates for pay equity who joined the hearing for public testimony disputed that point, pointing to studies that suggest that pay transparency in job advertisements does just that. One recent study found that when one job search site, Hired.com, pre-filled the salary ask of a job searcher with the median salary offered for the position they were applying for, it eliminated the gap between how much compensation male and female candidates asked for. Studies from other countries have also shown that increased transparency of salaries reduced gender pay gaps. Julia Elmaleh-Sachs, a plaintiff’s employment discrimination attorney at Crumiller P.C., suggested that the remote work change in the proposed legislation also represented a significant loophole for businesses. “​​An employer could say that their job posting refers to in-person work or remote work, which would allow them to not post a salary range,” she said.

NY1

Catholic School Principal Felt ‘Betrayed’ At Losing Job: Attorney

The attorney for a school principal suing his former employers says her client is unable to find work since he was placed on leave. The suit stems from Timothy Gely defending a Black girl who faced racial bullying at her desk at St. Christopher School in Baldwin, attorney Susan Crumiller said. Gely, 47, told school officials that the behavior couldn't be tolerated, according to the suit. He also recalled his own experiences with being racially profiled as a Latino teenager, although he is not anti-police. "Some of the white parents accused him of politicizing the situation, bringing race into it where it didn't exist," Crumiller told Patch. "They were very offended by the description of his experiences.""

Patch

Former Long Island Catholic school principal alleges he was fired for talking about police brutality

The day after a Black eighth-grader found hand-written notes in her desk with messages like “monkey,” “go hang yourself” and “this is why cops kill people like you,” Gely, 47, detailed how he was allegedly forced to the ground at gunpoint by NYPD officers as a kid in the Bronx. “I was a victim of racial profiling, and I wanted to empathize with her, let her know I was in her corner and let her know she wasn’t alone,” Gely told the Daily News. “I wanted everyone to know this is not going to be tolerated at St. Christopher.”

Daily News

Fordham students rally against ‘culture of sexual violence’ on campus

Fordham University students gathered to protest Saturday what they say is a culture of sexual violence and a failure to protect the students at their school. The protesters in Fordham Plaza say they've had enough of the university protecting men who are accused of sexual violence and that the school is systematically failing the people it should be protecting. Organizers tell News 12 that the protest was inspired by two recent cases involving alumni who reported rapes. They claim that the university either covered it up or failed to fully investigate with no resulting punishment.

News 12 The Bronx

Hurdles still remain for sexual assault survivors who report

Czerynk said she refuses to be a statistic, and refuses to let what happened to her pass without accountability. “I want justice, I want justice for his actions,” she said. “What he did was wrong … he raped me, he took full advantage of my unconscious body. And he needs to be held accountable for that.”

Bronx Times

Why you need a sexual harassment policy

There are two vital requirements for an effective sexual harassment policy. First, the company must support and believe in it. “The most important thing a company’s sexual harassment policy must include is not within the policy itself, but an actual intention to care about eradicating sexual harassment,” Crumiller says. “A written policy means nothing if it’s not followed.”

Monster.com

Serial killer-level crazy’: Former Ameritrade advisor wages war against Schwab with allegations

Susan Crumiller, a lawyer and founder of Crumiller & Co. in New York, which calls itself “a feminist litigation firm dedicated to fighting harassment, discrimination and abuse,” said that “the boys’ club atmosphere in brokerages is still alive and well.” She added that brokerages “often settle these kinds of cases quietly to keep their reputation intact, so there is no doubt that there are many more cases which have been put to rest with the vast amounts of money available to these companies.”

Financial Planning

Creator of Chabad’s famous menorah sexually abused girl, lawsuit claims

A new lawsuit claims that the man who crafted what might be the most famous menorah in the world sexually abused a young girl dozens of times in the 1990s and that a rabbinical court failed to hold him accountable. The survivor of this alleged abuse, now a 36-year-old woman living in Israel, is trying to get possession of her abuser’s brass menorah, which is normally displayed during Hanukkah at the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Brooklyn.

JTA News

Woman Wants to Melt Down Her Alleged Abuser’s Famous Menorah

"The plaintiff, a 36-year-old woman now living in Israel, claims celebrated silversmith Hirschel Pekkar sexually assaulted her more than a dozen times in the 1990s, starting when she was 5 years old. Pekkar died this July, but his menorah—which the lawsuit describes as “one of the most important pieces of Jewish artwork of the 20th century”—lives on, displayed every winter outside the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish movement. The plaintiff hopes to get possession of the 6-foot-tall menorah, her lawyer told The Daily Beast, and melt it to the ground. “Our client has been revictimized every year, watching it light up globally knowing what happened to her,” attorney Susan Crumiller said. “The menorah has become a real symbol to our client, and to us, of justice in this case.”

The Daily Beast

Queens doctor accused of fondling young female patients: lawsuit

Susan Crumiller, a lawyer whose firm represents the women, said Khandker’s alleged victims continue to come forward. Their stories are similar, she said. “He has a little setup where he invites the parents in,” Crumiller said. “There’s a chair for the parent, and he positions himself with his back to the parent, so the parent can’t see what he’s doing with his hands. “And he’ll casually chat throughout the assault,” said the lawyer. “This is something that we’ve seen as a pattern both with the parent and when the parent is not present, that he’ll engage in this sort of casual chatter — which is very disorienting.”

NY Daily News

Bengali Women File Class-Action Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against N.Y. Doctor: “Like an Andrew Cuomo of Jackson Heights”

It’s the respect that doctors get and the assumption that they’re good people, that they’re there to help you. … You’re so vulnerable when you go to the doctor, and you’re taking off your clothes and you’re sharing information about your body. It’s so intimate. It’s so much more outrageous, in my opinion, than abuse in any other relationship. —Susan Crumiller

Ms Magazine

Suit Against Queens Doctor Alleges Sexual Abuse

Five Queens women filed a class-action lawsuit against a prominent physician who practices in Jackson Heights, charging he sexually abused patients — including allegedly conducting unwarranted breast exams on girls as young as 14 years old.

THE CITY

Report Finds NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sexually Harassed Women

"New York Governor Andrew Cuomo could be facing criminal charges, according to the Albany County District Attorney. In the report, New York State Attorney General Letita James found that Cuomo sexually harassed numerous women, including current and former state employees. In response to the news, he released a statement on video denying he ever inappropriately touched anyone. Tricia “CK” Hoffler, CEO of The CK Hoffler Firm, and Susan Crumiller, head of the Feminist Litigation Firm, joins Reed on “Making the Case” to discuss the findings in the report."

Making the Case with Yodit

G/O Media, owner of Deadspin, the Onion, faces new staff woes, discrimination suit

"G/O continues to battle a Manhattan federal lawsuit filed late last year by laid-off company executive Katherine Pontius Ebel, who claims CEO Spanfeller “took control of creative, successful diverse brands like the Onion and transformed them into a business run exclusively by a clique of his white male friends and colleagues.”... Pontius Ebel says she spent eight years at satirical website the Onion when Univision sold it along with a dozen other sites to G/O Media’s financial backers, private equity company Great Hill Partners, in April 2019. After the sale to Great Hill, Spanfeller offered Pontius Ebel a promotion to chief talent officer of the entire company, the suit claims. But, according to the lawsuit, the promotion was withdrawn after Pontius Ebel objected to Spanfeller’s move to let go of EVP and Gizmodo Media editorial director Susie Banikarim, one of the few female executives and the only woman of color at the company."

NY Post

DaVita Healthcare Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination, Particularly During COVID-19

On Wednesday, a mother of two filed a complaint against DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. and DaVita, Inc. (collectively, DaVita) in the Southern District of New York, alleging that DaVita discriminated against the plaintiff “on the basis of gender, pregnancy status and caregiver status,” in which the plaintiff’s pregnancy and status as a mother allegedly led “to pretextual disciplinary action and her eventual termination.”

Law Street Media

Brooklyn Democratic Party Cuts Ties With Youth Arm After Year of Open Conflict

“As a lawyer, it’s inconceivable to me, as it is to the rest of our executive board, that we would share confidential information without our members’ explicit consent and approval thereof,” BYD Executive Vice-President Julia Elmaleh-Sachs wrote in a March email to Bichotte Hermelyn, who is also a state Assembly Member from Flatbush.

Bklyner

New York’s #MeToo Arbitration Law Faces Appeals Court Battles

"Susan Crumiller, a civil rights attorney in Brooklyn, said the state court’s ruling in Newton’s case gave her hope that the New York law would have a chance in other cases where she represented workers who had signed arbitration agreements. These include a sexual harassment case against Best Buy Co., and a pregnancy discrimination case against Baker Bros. Advisors LP."

Bloomberg Law

Bronx prosecutor claims DA ignored her rape, sex assault by colleague, NYPD officer

A Bronx prosecutor says an NYPD officer sexually assaulted her and an investigator from the Bronx District Attorney’s office raped her — but both agencies ignored the allegations, according to a new lawsuit. The woman, identified as Jane Doe, claims Officer Edwin Crespo slid his hand up her thigh in her cubicle on Nov. 15, 2016 while they were preparing for trial, according to the federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York on Oct. 8. ..... In another separate incident, the lawsuit accuses Gino Pelaez, a senior accountant investigator in the DA’s office, of rape following a party with colleagues on Aug. 15, 2019. The suit claims Pelaez followed Doe to into her cab where he became “vulgar and aggressive,” trying to kiss the woman and telling her “It’s OK, you want it,” when she tried to fend him off.

NY Post

New York Lawyers Plan to Swoop Into Swing States to Monitor Voting

"Attorney Julia Elmaleh-Sachs said she is preparing to go to Ohio or Pennsylvania with several other lawyer friends, a reprise of a trip she took to the Philadelphia area in 2016. It was easy to find compatriots for such an important election, she said. “People are a little antsy and don’t want to just be doing phone banking anymore,” said Ms. Elmaleh-Sachs, who is also an officer in the Brooklyn Young Democrats."

WSJ

Equinox Trainer Accuses Gym Of Race, Sex Bias In Firing

Fitness chain Equinox did nothing to stop a Black trainer from receiving racist and sexist remarks from a client and a co-worker at one of its New York City gyms and later fired her when she complained, the trainer said Tuesday in a lawsuit filed in New York federal court.

Law360

#MeToo Update: Fighting Forced Arbitration at Best Buy

"...to get a job at Best Buy, the company forces employees to forfeit their legal right to sue for sexual harassment—even in New York state, which in the wake of #MeToo passed a law in 2018 banning forced arbitration. But sexual assault survivor Sarah Tremblay and her fierce feminist lawyer Susan Crumiller are fighting back. (Crumiller’s six-attorney law firm has the tagline “The Feminist Litigation Firm.”) Tremblay was a Best Buy “Geek Squad” employee providing repair, installation and setup services on all kinds of tech. She worked at two stores in Long Island, N.Y., until 2018, when she was fired for complaining about a customer who sexually assaulted her, says Tremblay in a lawsuit she filed last month."

Ms Magazine

The Strippers Fighting for Justice

“The hardest thing for many dancers is that the clubs claim they are independent contractors and not employees,” Susan Crumiller, an attorney who represents various New York strippers, said. “They don’t have a lot of the federal and state protections. And we’ve challenged that, arguing that it’s a misclassification. Courts have uniformly agreed they’re employees.”

Zora

When and How to Report Sexual Harassment at Work

According to Susan Crumiller—the founder and owner of Crumiller P.C., a feminist litigation firm that focuses on gender and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace—HR reps are indeed “only there to protect the company,” but “protecting the company” can mean different things depending on the organization’s values.

LifeHacker

Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Cases at Best Buy: An Open Letter to Corie Barry, CEO

"One colleague repeatedly singled me out and made me feel uncomfortable with graphic sexual comments, yelling at me about “f — ing” him and bombarding me with comments about “deep-throat blowjobs” and “skull-f — ing”. Best Buy took no action whatsoever in response to my repeated complaints; indeed, management laughed along. Nor did Best Buy take any action when customers would harass and even assault me. One customer grabbed my torso in a sexual manner, and then chased me back to the employees-only area of the store, after I fled there to try to escape him. Another customer grabbed me, grinding his body into mine, and slobbered onto my neck. One man was openly stalking me at the store. Best Buy did nothing, and management actually delivered a “gift” to me that my stalker had left for me on a day I wasn’t at the store."

[Medium]

What Is ADHD Coaching and How It Can Help

"For Susan Crumiller, the owner of a New York City-based feminist law firm, there are only advantages to working with a coach. In her experience, accountability is the most important benefit. “Many things that are hard for most people come super easy to those of us with ADHD, but the opposite is also true,” she says. “I rely on my coach to make sure I am staying on a good sleep schedule and exercising regularly.”"

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