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Wage & Hour

Kakalec Law represents workers who have not been paid the wages the law requires. We bring claims based on unpaid minimum and overtime wages, misclassification of employees as “independent contractors,” and other types of wage theft. We help workers recover the wages and damages owed to them for their work.

Discrimination & Harassment

We represent employees who experience discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other protected categories, and we also represent people who are sexually harassed at work.

Employment Counseling

We consult on employment agreements at the beginning of employment, and severance agreements at the end. We negotiate with employers and advise employees on issues such as non-disclosure agreements, non-compete clauses, severance payments, and releases.

Appellate, Amicus, & Advocacy

We represent workers and organizations in appellate litigation, writing appellate and amicus briefs that illuminate the real-world stakes of high-impact legal issues, and advise advocacy/policy campaigns.

  • Second Circuit Affirms Preliminary Injunction Pausing Arbitration Against Migrant Nurse Who Left His Job
    On Thursday, March 7, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the preliminary injunction issued last year for our client, Benzor Shem Vidal, pausing the arbitration that Advanced Care Staffing (ACS) filed against Mr. Vidal for leaving his job. The three-judge panel found that Mr. Vidal had raised sufficiently serious…
  • Former Party Clowns Sue Clowns.com to Challenge Misclassification, Recover Stolen Wages
    Plaintiffs Brayan Angulo, Cameron Pille, Janina Salorio, and Xander Black, former clowns and entertainers for Clowns.com, Inc., filed a lawsuit in federal court today alleging Clowns.com, Inc. and its owners Adolph Rodriguez and Erica Barbuto engaged in years of worker misclassification and violations of federal and state wage-and-hour law, failing to pay workers for many of the hours that they worked.
  • Federal Judge Halts Weaponized Arbitration Proceeding Involving Employer-Driven Debt
    Arbitration threatened worker, a nurse from the Philippines, with tens of thousands of dollars of debt as punishment for leaving his job PRESS RELEASE – February 27, 2023 On Friday, a federal judge in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued a preliminary injunction halting an arbitration proceeding brought by…
  • Law360: Cost-Splitting Arbitration Clauses Threaten Workers’ Rights
    Our Hugh Baran writes in Law360 about how provisions that require employees to bear half the costs of arbitration effectively block employees from pursuing their claims in arbitration at all. The original story is available here and the text is below. — Expert Analysis – Rebuttal Cost-Splitting Arbitration Clauses Threaten Workers’ Rights By Hugh Baran ·  Listen to…
  • New York Nursing Home Nurse Files Lawsuit to Stop Predatory Arbitration Seeking Tens of Thousands of Dollars Because He Left His Job
    For Immediate Release Date: September 16, 2022 Contact: David Seligman (david@towardsjustice.org) & Hugh Baran (hugh@kakaleclaw.com) New York Nursing Home Nurse Files Lawsuit to Stop Predatory Arbitration Seeking Tens of Thousands of Dollars Because He Left His Job Brooklyn, NY — Today, Benzor Shem Vidal, a New York nurse who immigrated from the Philippines, filed a…

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