Friday, December 18, 2009

Labaton Suckaroo - Scrooge Of The Year

"Dear Tom,

I nominate Labaton Suckaroo for the Scrooge of the season award. I worked for them at their offsite Merrill Corp hellhole earlier this year and I blogged about the infamous Blondie who was the team leader at the site. I managed to find something else, but I have some friends who are still working on the same Countrywide project back at Labaton’s headquarters downtown. They related the following to me: Labaton promised their temps, who they made short temp attorney employees, benefits after six months of service. Last week, they were called into a meeting on their six-month anniversary and told by a nasty personnel troll that they would not be receiving their paid vacation that had accrued or be paid for company holidays, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, for this year. Some of these short term attorney employees had already planned vacation days over Christmas and got it approved, but now were told that you are not getting paid for it and that you are not getting paid for the company holidays either, and it’s too bad if you made plans. Lousy Labaton postponed all benefits until 2010 in order to avoid paying their employees for Christmas.

You can imagine what this has done for morale in a situation where they expect their short-term attorneys to build a plaintiff’s case in a multi million-dollar lawsuit against Countrywide, which was acquired by Bank of America. This is not mere document review. They expect their ex temps to do substantive work for $32 an hour flat while temps who are doing the same work, but representing a co-counsel on the same case at Labaton are making $45 an hour. Also, they recently blocked Internet access because the sleazy Guliani type COO came down and observed a few people on the Internet; apparently the same greaseball was instrumental in stopping Christmas pay.

Well, I guess Labaton Suckaroo is following in the great tradition of other ambulance chasing plaintiff firms like Paul Weiss and Milberg Weiss. I suggest you also put Labaton Sucharoo in your hall of shame. I know that they are very conscious of their image, as Paul Weiss was when you embarrassed them before, and they do monitor this blog. Thanks for providing this forum to expose the hypocrisy and abuse of these toilet law firms. I know that your blog does make a difference; Blondie almost got fired last time.

All the best!"

27 comments:

DEANMAN MASSA-SAR said...

They better not win the 2009 Beastly Behavior Award. That's mine, beeotches!!

Anonymous said...

Is that why they were on a push to hire a bunch of new people recently? Personally, I would never work for a class action plaintiff firm. Milberg was one of the most corrupt organizations of the last 100 years.

Anonymous said...

"They expect their ex temps to do substantive work for $32 an hour flat while temps who are doing the same work, but representing a co-counsel on the same case at Labaton are making $45 an hour."

Substanative work is a lot more interesting than doc. review. However, 45 an hour sounds like a real rip-off. Most associates bill out at 250+ per hour. Trial attorneys usually charge $500 per apperance.

45 sucks.

Anonymous said...

Substantive work? Another attempt to glamorize monkey make shit work paper pushing.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why these people make such a big deal about temps being on the Internet. Everyone knows they are being monitored and most people get on and off fairly quickly and usually just check out news or job openings - it allows them to relax a little - people are so much more productive when they are treated like adults. I have just had it with this temp bullshit - I cannot believe the US of A treats it attorneys like they are Rikers inmates. It's really a shame for this country. I have worked in several countries and no one else does this to their lawyers.

Anonymous said...

They only consider temps "lawyers" when sending out the billing statements to clients. Other than that, we're not lawyers to them.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a miserable dump that will take away 6 months of your life, leave you conflicted out from all future defense work, and dump you out on the sidewalk just in time for the holidays.

I got a call to interview there this week, but I politely turned them down after reading how they treat people on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Instead of just bitching about getting cheated out of holiday pay, why not, after you are done posting your feelings on here, urge everyone on the project who accrued enough hours to satisfy the agency's holiday pay provision of the employment contract that you and the agency signed, to spend the holiday weekend to contact a plaintiff's class action attorney in NYC and sue the shit out of the agency for breach of contract?

If the agency is going to screw and scrooge you guys that much, go fuck them back and stop taking that kind of abuse.

Happy holidays

Anonymous said...

1:15, there's no mention of a written, executed contract; the author said Labaton merely "promised" the paid vacation. They don't have a leg to stand on, especially in NY.

Anonymous said...

What happend to the UPDATE Christmas party?

Anonymous said...

You wanna go see some fat chicks shake their ass?? I heard they can really get down, though....I never go, God knows what I'll say to offend their hood ass and then I'll be blacklisted -- again!!!

Sonia said...

Skank party.

Anonymous said...

Exactamundo !!!

Anonymous said...

What does Emily think of the Update party?

Anonymous said...

Does Update invite The Blaclkist, as a show of holiday spirit? I'm blacklisted by them, and I never even worked for them!

Anonymous said...

4:59. Ha, ha -- that really cracked me up - yep, that is pretty much how they operate.

Anonymous said...

Well, lets all try and have a decent holiday and forget these jerks for a few days. Hopefully things will improve in the New Year.

Anonymous said...

every year, one (or more) of the bimbos ends up drunk and has sex with one of the attorneys or graphic artists working for Update's other slave division.

Anonymous said...

That's pretty much how they get their clients as well - isn't how they got the S&C account. Bang-a-bang-boom.

Anonymous said...

dental plan?

tony's law service, where are you? some of these temps need to be put to work!

Anonymous said...

Relax. Gov't-subsidized COBRA. Lisa got her braces.

Anonymous said...

Labaton called another meeting today, Friday, and reversed their decision. The short term attorney employees, aka temps, are getting what they were promised when they were hired. A handful of those affected actually stood up and complained to management while the rest of the temp sheep did nothing. Don't know whether it was blog power or the temps with cohones who caused the reversal; maybe it was a combination of both. Anyway, it was a dumb penny pinching move by Labaton. Bottom line: Stand up for yourself and hold their feet to the fire.

Anonymous said...

Hooorah!!

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Anonymous said...

SMACK THE BLACK OFF EM!!!! ...PHANTOM SHITTEN WAIT!!!
JUDY ANDROID
COO SLIMEY FATSO
BENEFITS!!??? HA, for 400 or 800 per family?! Call the 45 buck an hour attorneys out, specially those foold who wear SHOE SOCKS!!! F*cken Creeps and TRoolsss To hell with them
good night and merry fucken kwanukah!!

Anonymous said...

Lavatory Suckaroo changed their benefits policy for new hires. An agency generally sends you there and then Lavatory Suckaroo makes you their employee; your title is short term attorney. In the past, you would get benefits after six months; now you have to wait a year. Just another instance of Lavatory Suckaroo having all the advantages of having a steady workforce, but of course not assuming any of the responsibilities. At least, when you were an employee of the agency, you would get some benefits relatively fast, like discounted health care, paid holidays or the equivalent of eight hours pay after billing a certain amount of hours. But Lavatory Suckaroo, the master (masturbator) of the class action, who is supposedly fighting the big bad corporations for screwing the smaller fish, wants to screw its own workers by paying them pennies and not offering them any health care, paid vacation or holidays. And of course they never want to interact with their short term attorneys on the 23rd floor. However, they want you to write memos on substantive issues all for $32 an hour only to have your work product hijacked by some team leader, like Bambi, who gets the credit for your sweat and effort. And hey Joel and Ira I didn't want to go to the holiday party anyway; I know you couldn't invite us and hang with the lumpen proletariat.

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