Learn More About Our Case Results
At Katz Melinger, we always strive to obtain the best results for our clients. This frequently means helping them recover monetary damages, such as for unpaid wages or the emotional distress of experiencing employment discrimination; resolving business disputes; or collecting on debts or judgments. Throughout the years we have settled or recovered judgments of more than $10,000,000.00 for our clients. Below is a sample of some of our successes.
Wage and Hour
Approximately $450,000 recovered in settlements for more than 50 employees of a Brooklyn valet company
Our clients were misclassified as contractors and not paid overtime by the company. As a result of our representation, more than 50 employees recovered overtime and other damages owed to them. Our clients’ actions also forced the company to correct its practices and begin properly paying its employees.
$306,593.74 awarded to three employees of a Queens towing company
Our clients won a motion for partial summary judgment, followed by a verdict after a four day trial before the Honorable Cheryl L. Pollak. The decisions awarded them over $300,000 in unpaid wages, statutory damages, liquidated damages, interest, and attorney’s fees. The case Bedasie, et. al. v. Mr. Z Towing, Inc. 13-cv-5453 (CLP), was filed in the Eastern District of New York.
$275,000 settlement for seven servers, counterpersons, cooks, and bussers of two Suffolk County restaurants
Seven employees of two small restaurants were paid less than the minimum wage, and were not paid for overtime or spread of hours. The settlement of $275,000 resulted in each of the clients receiving a significant portion of the damages alleged in the Complaint. The case, Elsy Flores, et. al. v. Tres Diamante Restaurant Inc., et. al. 18-cv-06949 (SJF-GRB), was filed in the Eastern District of New York.
$174,000 settlement for a property manager and two maintenance workers at a small family real estate company in Queens.
Our client, the property manager for a small family real estate business, was misclassified as exempt and received a settlement of $150,000 – the equivalent of over eighteen months pay. In the same lawsuit, our other two clients recovered amounts significantly higher than the overtime wages owed to them.
$115,000 settlement for a server at a Brooklyn restaurant
Our client was the victim of wage theft by a restaurant that only paid him $500 per week in tips, and gave the remaining tips he rightfully earned to other employees. The restaurant and its owner settled the matter for $115,000 – more than our client had been paid in all three years combined working for the restaurant.
$95,000 settlement for a Bronx warehouse manager misclassified as exempt from overtime
An early mediation of this case resulted in our client recovering in excess of a full year’s salary.
$90,000 settlement for a Bronx building superintendent who alleged unpaid overtime wages and other violations
Our client was a superintendent who performed extra work on weekends and at night. Despite significant factual disputes, we were able to obtain a settlement of $90,000 which was equal to approximately 3 years’ salary for our client.
$90,000 settlement for a brewer misclassified as exempt from overtime
Our client held various jobs at a Queens microbrewery, including delivery man, cellar-man, and brewer, and worked overtime hours throughout his employment. Despite significant factual disputes, we were able to obtain an early settlement of more than one year’s pay for our client.
$75,000 settlement for two administrative workers at a Manhattan wine and distillery distributor
A legal compliance employee and an administrative employee were both was misclassified as exempt from overtime. Following a settlement conference with the court, our clients were able to recover a significant portion of the amounts due them.
$71,500 settlement for an employee at a hair salon in Queens
Our client, an employee at a hair salon who was not paid overtime wages, received an early settlement of approximately two years pay.
$70,000 settlement for misclassified qualitative client consultant
A qualitative client consultant brought suit against a Manhattan firm which had misclassified her as exempt. She recovered more than 100% of all the overtime wages owed.
$47,500 settlement for misclassified financial advisor
A financial advisor brought suit for overtime after being misclassified as an exempt employee. The settlement of $47,500 was in excess of all unpaid wages and liquidated damages, and the equivalent of almost a full year of salary.
$44,500 settlements for 3 retail buyers misclassified as exempt from overtime
Our clients worked for a Manhattan retail clothing store as buyers, which is usually an exempt position. However, our investigation into their claims determined that they were likely misclassified based on their job duties. Within months of filing the lawsuit, our clients were able to recover a settlement for all of their overtime wages plus additional money for liquidated damages and attorney’s fee.
$42,500 settlement for a New Jersey nanny
We settled claims at an early stage of litigation for our client, who worked as a nanny for a family for approximately 2 years without receiving overtime wages. The settlement amount was approximately 1 years’ worth of pay for our client.
$40,000 settlement for misclassified executive assistant
Our client, an executive assistant in Manhattan, brought suit for unpaid overtime after being misclassified as an exempt employee. She recovered almost all her unpaid overtime compensation for the previous 5 years of work, and the equivalent of almost one year’s salary.
Settlement of 100% of all wages owed to a Queens driver and manager at a deli
We helped our client, a driver and manager at a deli, quickly settle wage and hour claims without filing a lawsuit. Settlement allowed our client to recover the full amount of wages owed to him, plus additional monies for liquidated damages.
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Six-figure settlement for an employee of a Manhattan financial services company
Our client brought claims against a financial services company for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and unpaid overtime wages. We helped her settle the matter and receive settlement payment equivalent to more than 8 years of her annual salary.
Six figure settlement for a physician in New Jersey
Our client alleged that her employer, a medical practice, fired her for being pregnant. We put the company on notice of the claims and threatened litigation. Within two months of being retained by our client, we were able to get her a six figure settlement.
Discrimination & Retaliation
$115,000 settlement for a Queens respiratory therapist
A respiratory therapist brought suit for failure to pay overtime (including for travel time between job locations), disability discrimination and retaliation. The settlement resulted in our client recovering approximately 18 months’ salary.
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Judgment Enforcement / Collections
$714,000 recovery for client enforcing a judgment in Manhattan
While enforcing a judgment, we uncovered evidence of fraudulent transfers of asserts from the judgment-debtor to a related entity. We brought suit against affiliates and owners of the judgment-debtor and were able to secure a second judgment based on the fraudulent transfer. We then levied a bank account belonging to the related entity, and promptly recovered $714,000 in full payment of our client’s judgment, including all accrued interest.
Over $2,500,000 awarded to a landlord for breach by a commercial tenant
Our client won a motion for summary judgment for breach of a guaranty of a commercial lease which had resulted in the landlord accelerating ten (10) years of rent. A judgment was entered against a former owner of Stanton Social and Beauty and Essex and we helped our client recover $2,568,555.02. The case, ALQ, LLC v. Peter Kane Index No. 654984/2018 was filed in the Supreme Court of New York, New York County.
$60,000 settlement on a judgment against a defunct business and its former owners
We represented a real estate company seeking to collect a $100,000 judgment against a defunct company. Our enforcement efforts recovered a settlement of $60,000 from the former owners of the company after restraining the bank account of one of the debtors.
Recovery of all monies owed from a vendor of a wholesale bagel company
We brought a lawsuit to judgment and restrained the assets of the debtor, helping our client recover 100% of the monies owed to it by a vendor.
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Court dismissed claims against our client, a commercial real estate owner, and ruled it could retain the entire contract deposit
After a potential purchaser of our client’s commercial real estate building defaulted, our client retained the entire contract deposit of $150,000. The potential purchaser brought suit for the return of the deposit. We promptly moved for summary judgment, and the Court granted the motion and allowed our client to keep the entire deposit. The matter was dismissed approximately 6 months after Plaintiff filed.
Breach of Contract
$125,000 settlement to pay client’s attorney fees
Within 40 days of bringing suit for breach of contract, our client was paid all of the money they were owed except for our attorney’s fees. After significant litigation, including a successful appeal, the client was able to settle the attorney’s fee claim for $125,000.
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At Katz Melinger PLLC, we have a proven history of finding the best possible outcome for our clients. Call us at 212-460-0047 to schedule an initial consultation. You can also fill out our online contact form.