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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46760 Magistrate Judge Ellis PLAINTIFF SUED the City of New York, the New York City Police Department and a police sergeant, claiming that they violated his rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the state and city Human Rights Laws. Plaintiff alleged that he was discriminated against based on his race, subjected to a hostile and abusive working environment, and retaliated against for having complained about his treatment. After the parties entered into a settlement, plaintiff sought attorney’s fees and costs pursuant to 42 USC �1988 and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 54(d) for work performed by his counsel. A magistrate judge awarded plaintiff $54,100, finding that a reasonable rate for plaintiff’s attorney’s time is $250 per hour. The court based this figure on the review of the relevant cases and the rates generally awarded in the Southern District for someone with six to seven years of experience. The court refused to reduce the hourly rate for the size of plaintiff’s counsel’s law firm.

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