Entries by Trief & Olk

Trief & Olk Files Electric Zoo Class Action Complaint

Our clients purchased tickets for three days of a festival featuring elaborate sets, lighting, and special effects.  Not only did they not get what they paid for, but what they did get was: cancellation of the first day’s performances; a two-hour delay in opening the gates on the second day; excessive lines to enter the […]

New York Labor Law Section 241(6) Protects Construction Workers

For anyone working on construction sites, knowing how the law protects you is important. Construction sites are, by their very nature, dangerous. Workers are constantly exposed to dangerous working conditions, including defective power tools, fall hazards, insufficient safety devices, falling objects, and electrical hazards. When a worker gets injured and cannot work, New York’s Labor […]

U.S. Department of Labor reviews independent contractor rule

In recent years, many employers have decided to misclassify certain workers as independent contractors, rather than employees. Doing so allows companies to save significant expenses such as payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and other expenses typically paid by employers.  Additionally, misclassifying workers as independent contractors enables the employers to avoid various obligations they […]

Trief & Olk Prevail at Trial on Minimum Wage & Overtime Claims

After a bench trial presided over by Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Trief & Olk was victorious against a Brooklyn-based supermarket, 5th Ave. Kings Fruit & Vegetables Corp. (known as 5th Ave. Kings Supermarket) and its owner, winning minimum wage and overtime back-pay […]

Security Technicians Reach $5 Million Settlement for Unpaid Wages, Negotiated by Trief & Olk Team

We recently reached a $5 million settlement in a collective action on behalf of a group of approximately 550 alarm installation technicians (known as Security Advisors) in a suit against Defenders, Inc., in which the employees alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing  to properly track their work time, resulting in improper overtime compensation. 

Who to Sue for Construction Accidents

When construction workers are injured on the job, they are usually unable to bring personal injury lawsuits against the most obviously responsible party, their employers, due to the Workers’ Compensation Law.