Restaurant Law Center et al. v. City of New York et al.

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Case Details

  • Case Status: Pending
  • Docket Number: 1:21-cv-04801
  • Category: Regulatory Overreach


Under new “Just Cause” laws set to take effect on July 5, 2021, New York City has eliminated at-will employment—a standard in place for over one-hundred years—for fast-food chains and only those employers. Thus, for only a small subset of a single industry, covered employers will be prohibited from discharging or reducing at least 15 percent of an employee’s hours except for “just cause” or a “bona fide economic reason.”  This targeted subset of employers will be required to first provide “progressive discipline,” imposed only after an investigation process that can be second-guessed in court, at an administrative proceeding, or by an arbitrator into the employee’s misconduct, all subject to stringent record-keeping requirements. 

May 28, 2021

The Restaurant Law Center and New York State Restaurant Association filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief.