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Use of Hearing Aids In Police Work Buttressed By Amicus Brief

Faced with an “unusual” request, federal Judge Katherine Polk Failla permitted AARP, the Hearing Loss Association of America and Veterans United For Truth to submit their views to the Court on issues relevant to a case scheduled before a jury for trial on March 9.  Former police officers Jim Phillips and Dan Carione are challenging [..]

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The Cost of Discrimination

Work may mean a steady paycheck and an easy job for some while others may experience work as a meaningful career in a profession they are passionate about.  One common defining feature of work is that it consumes, for most of us, a great deal of our time.  The highest earning positions generally require a [..]

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Workers Are Fired Up Despite The Cold Temperatures

Striking workers braved record breaking freezing temperatures for the past several weeks on a picket line outside their employers’ office in Tribeca. Motivated by stalled union contract negotiations, these workers decided to strike and take their demands to the street. Surprisingly, the employer is MFY Legal Services and the freezing workers are lawyers and support [..]

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New Trial Date of March 9, 2015 Set For Hearing Disability Case

The trial of Plaintiffs James Phillips and Daniel Carione, which centers on challenging a Department-wide policy that discriminates against NYPD officers who use hearing aids, regardless of how well they do their jobs, has been moved to a new date. The trial is now scheduled to begin on March 9, 2015 before Judge Katherine Polk [..]

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Advocacy by Meenan & Associates Advances Rights of the Hearing Disabled

A hearing disabled veteran successfully challenged the hearing policy of the Bridgeport, Connecticut police. This caused the Bridgeport Civil Service Commission to change its ban on hearing aid use by police officers and applicants. Work done by Colleen Meenan’s law firm was credited with this change. For further information and to access “The Stamford Advocate” [..]

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Can The Constitution Provide A Remedy For Homelessness?

Encamped below the windows of a home furnishing store on the upper west side of Manhattan lives Alex, a homeless veteran.  Disabled from military service by a head injury, it appears Alex has not adjusted well to civilian life.  While his sidewalk dwelling is in stark contrast to the affluent homes which surround him, he [..]

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Press Release: Trial Date Set For Hearing Disability Case

  MEDIA ADVISORY Contacts: Rebecca Rodgers, 212-644-8644, rrodgers@dralegal.org Stuart Seaborn, 510-665-8644, sseaborn@dralegal.org Colleen M. Meenan, 212-226-7334, cmm@meenanesqs.com Shelley Ann Quilty-Lake, 212-226-7334, sql@meenanesqs.com DRA Joins Lawsuit in Federal Court to Protect the Rights of NYPD Officers with Hearing Impairments New York, NY – November 10, 2014 – Disability Rights Advocates, a national leader in civil rights [..]

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The Role of Residency for New York State Income Tax Purposes

In retirement, many people choose to split their time between Florida and New York. While this might be appealing for several reasons, it can also present some concerns with respect to income taxes. New York State and New York City Personal Income Taxes are imposed on State and City “resident individuals”. If a person qualifies [..]

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Free Expression and The Death of Leon Klinghoffer

Hundreds of vocal protesters, including a former mayor, crowded Lincoln Center for the premiere of “The Death of Leon Klinghoffer” by the Metropolitan Opera.  Rudolph Giuliani, never hesitant to denounce artwork he considers offensive, gave a speech denouncing the production, as did others, while protesters chanted and the television cameras rolled. The 1991 stage adaption [..]

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