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N.Y. judge sues city for pressuring her to fine businesses

Judge Michele Mirro says she was subject to retaliation for not levying hefty fines

A New York City administrative law judge has a bone to pick with the Big Apple.

Judge Michele Mirro, who has been a judge in the city’s consumer affairs department since 1990, is suing the department for pressuring her to impose maximum fines against businesses in cases in which she didn’t think they deserved such hefty fines.

In a complaint filed yesterday, Mirro claims department officials routinely pressured her and other judges to levy large fines against businesses accused of code violations. She claims that since 2008, officials have disallowed judges to issue decisions without supervisory approval. In one instance, she says, she was forced to change her decision from not guilty to guilty and fine a business $20,000.

Mirro claims that department officials retaliated against her after she complained about the department’s practices.

Read Bloomberg and New York Daily News for more information about the suit.

For more recent InsideCounsel stories about retaliation, read:

5th Circuit says whistleblowers not protected from retaliation if they report internally

Labor: Supreme Court makes it harder for plaintiffs to prevail in harassment and retaliation suits

Litigation: Investigating whistleblower complaints

Norfolk Southern will shell out $1.1 million to three whistleblowers

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