In Polska Gazeta

Lloyd Ambinder of Virginia & Ambinder, LLP authors a series of articles for the Polish language daily “Polska Gazeta,” explaining the rights of workers in the workplace, overtime payments, tip credits, unemployment compensation, and prevailing wage and hour rights for construction workers.

Polska Gazeta is a local New York City newspaper, with distribution in Connecticut and New Jersey, and a readership of approximately 13,000 people.
In Law360

V&A wins class certification for NYC café workers denied overtime wages

A federal judge has conditionally certified a class of restaurant and delivery workers who allege a New York City restaurant management company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying them for overtime work.

Former and current employees of Charlie Brown’s Restaurant started a class-action lawsuit against the chain in March, alleging that Charlie Brown’s failed to properly distribute tips and pay employees for overtime.

Notices were recently sent out to Charlie Brown’s 9,000 employees, and so far more than 100 have agreed to join the suit. Lloyd Ambinder, of Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, represents the workers in the case. Among the allegations is that waitresses were asked to show up at 11 a.m., but would not be clocked in until their first customers showed up for lunch. Since the start of the lawsuit, Charlie Brown’s has closed almost half its eateries, shrinking the popular family chain to 29 locations.
In New York Post

Former Penthouse Executive Club cocktail waitress and other employees file a class-action complaint in Manhattan federal court, alleging that they weren’t paid minimum wages or overtime for all the hours they worked.

The Penthouse Executive Club has bared some ugly allegations against a former cocktail waitress who’s suing the Hells Kitchen skin palace.
In Massapequa Post

Local 78 has lodged a lawsuit against New York Insulation in New York State Supreme Court for allegedly failing to pay adequate wages and benefits to workers in May 2008.

The union is represented by Lloyd Ambinder of Virginia & Ambinder, LLP.
In Illyria

Lloyd Ambinder authors an article for the Albanian-language newspaper “Illyria” on the rights of workers in the restaurant industry, specifically addressing issues such as the minimum wage, tip credits, overtime pay, tip pooling, and uniform maintenance.

Illyria is the only bilingual independent Albanian-American newspaper in the United States.
In PR Newswire

In a sweeping class action lawsuit, several workers suing on behalf of hundreds of New York City construction workers have charged their former employers, including Nicks Insulation Corp., with failure to pay the workers the legally required prevailing wage and benefit rates as well as overtime rates on dozens of New York City construction projects.

“No worker should be subjected to the mistreatment, abuse and unlawful activity that NY Insulation inflicted on its workers,” said Edison Severino, Business Manager of Laborers Local 78. “Hopefully this lawsuit will serve as a wake up call to New York City agencies and all contractors that abusing workers will not be tolerated,” concluded Severino.

New York City construction workers of bankrupt Cema Construction Corporation are granted class certification by a state court.

The company is accused of failing to pay its workers prevailing wages and supplemental benefits set fort by the NYS Department of Labor.

A state judge rules that several illegal immigrant workers may proceed with a lawsuit against a city construction company for back wages they say were withheld as part of a money laundering scheme.

Lloyd Ambinder, attorney for the workers, said that his clients were paid half of what they should have received on projects that included two schools in the Bronx, one in Staten Island, and a housing project in Brooklyn.
In CityLimits

In an article about affordable housing in New York City, City Limits magazine, an urban affairs news source, quotes Lloyd Ambinder of Virginia & Ambinder, LLP: “We often will bring a lawsuit against as many as seven or eight alleged employers on one project site because the employees simply don’t know who they worked for,” says Lloyd Ambinder, a labor lawyer who represents construction workers. “

“It’s not uncommon for a worker to come to us and show us nothing more than a couple of business cards and a couple of delivery tickets from supplies that were dropped off at the site, with the name of a contractor on it, and they think that’s who their employer is or was.”