The New York Daily News asks Kevin Mintzer, “a Manhattan attorney who has represented several women in high-profile sexual misconduct cases,” to comment about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest sexual harassment defense. Mintzer explained that Cuomo’s comments have “nothing to do with the law. It has to do with political communications and spin and, honestly, it’s deception. . . . Sexual harassment is not defined as whether or not the perpetrator intended to make someone uncomfortable.”
Kevin Mintzer is regularly quoted in the media concerning cases in which he is representing a party. Journalists also frequently call on his expertise regarding employment law, discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, and sexual assault, among other topics. Kevin’s recent media appearances include the following:
In light of a court decision that a former contestant on the The Apprentice may proceed with her defamation suit against the former president, Kevin Mintzer speaks to the New York Times about the likelihood that he will have to answer questions under oath concerning the many accusations of sexual misconduct against him.
Speaking to The New Yorker, Kevin Mintzer analyzes whether Governor Cuomo or his staff engaged in unlawful retaliation against one of the governor’s accusers. Mr. Mintzer explains that releasing an accuser’s confidential personnel file, if true, was a “private use of government property . . . all for the personal use of defending Cuomo against allegations that are harmful to him. There is no legit way to characterize that. It’s just an abuse of power.”
With New York Governor Andrew Cuomo under investigation by the New York State Attorney General for sexual harassment, the New York Times asks Kevin Mintzer to describe how the investigation is likely to proceed. “Before they question the governor — an event of obvious significance — they will be well prepared with what the documents and other people have said,” Mr. Mintzer explained. “This is a matter of immense public interest and people want to get to the bottom of it [quickly]. I’m sure that will be the mandate from the attorney general.”
People Magazine reports on the settlement of MTV star Angelina Pivarnick’s sexual harassment suit against the New York City Fire Department arising from Ms. Pivarnick’s work as an Emergency Medical Technician. Mr. Mintzer, who represented Ms. Pivarnick with co-counsel, stated that the “settlement reflects the serious abuse that Angelina experienced while working for EMS. The City should redouble its efforts to protect the women in its workforce from sexual harassment.”
NBC News reports on a federal judge rejecting a proposed class action settlement related to Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse. Kevin Mintzer and co-counsel represented 6 accusers of Weinstein who objected to the settlement as unfair and inadequate. Mr. Mintzer stated, “the settlement terms and conditions were unfair and should never be imposed on sexual assault survivors.”
Kevin Mintzer represents Kaja Sokola, a clinical psychologist and former fashion model, in a newly-filed action alleging that she was sexually abused by Harvey Weinstein when she was 16 years old. The case, which also alleges negligence against Weinstein’s former employer, Miramax Studios and Disney, is the first and only action to be brought against Weinstein under New York’s newly-passed Child Victims Act.
In a New York Times examination of New York State’s attempts to evade responsibility for sexual harassment of its own employees, Kevin Mintzer is quoted concerning his representation of two employees of the New York State Assembly who were sexually harassed by a prominent elected official.
CNN reports on the statement issued by Kevin Mintzer and co-counsel, representing one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, regarding the reported global settlement in the Weinstein sexual assault and sexual harassment cases.
In a Times Union article about the New York legislature’s agreement to improve the sexual harassment and other employment discrimination laws of the state, Kevin explains the significance of the changes, including the abandonment of the unfair “severe or pervasive” standard and the so-called Faragher-Ellerth affirmative defense.