Pro BOno Work

We at Petrillo Klein & Boxer LLP are committed to pro bono work on behalf of indigent litigants, and we encourage all of our lawyers to undertake pro bono representations. Recent Firm pro bono matters include federal and state fair labor law actions, enforcement of New York City housing regulations, and criminal trial and appellate defense. We bring the same energy, dedication and resources to pro bono matters as we do to all Firm representations. Examples of our pro bono matters include the following:

OVERTIME RECOVERY FOR SUPERINTENDENTS

We represented two individuals who worked as superintendents in several residential apartment buildings in Manhattan. Despite working more than 60 hours a week, our clients were not paid overtime, and we, along with The Legal Aid Society, filed and prosecuted a lawsuit in federal court alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. Ultimately, we achieved a substantial settlement for our clients.

Domestic Worker Wage Violation

A Nepali domestic worker was brought to the U.S. in 2004 by a wealthy family on a domestic employee visa. For over nine years the employee worked for the family, and was paid significantly less than minimum wage, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law. After instituting litigation as co-counsel with The Legal Aid Society, our representation helped achieve a favorable settlement for the employee.

Criminal APpeal Based on Racial Discrimination

In collaboration with the Office of the Appellate Defender, we briefed and argued an appeal of a criminal conviction before the Appellate Division, First Department, on the basis of racial discrimination in jury selection.

Wage Recovery for Housekeeper

We represented an individual who worked for a married couple as a housekeeper at their three homes and provided cleaning services for their business. Despite working more than 40 hours a week for many years, our client was not paid overtime and, towards the end of her employment, the couple withheld payment entirely. We, along with The Legal Aid Society, filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. After exchanging discovery and conducting depositions, we reached a favorable settlement with the defendants.  

Support on Sentencing Issues

We served as a defendant's co-counsel, with the U.S. Federal Defenders of New York, Southern District of New York, in the submission of a memorandum that addressed various district court sentencing issues.

Employment Termination of Store Employee

We, along with The Legal Aid Society, represented a non-English-speaking store employee in a civil action against his former employer. Our client was terminated because he requested sick leave due to a severe back injury, in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act and state and municipal statutes. We settled the matter after the close of discovery.

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