1. Where an officer or agent of a labor organization has violated or is violating any of his obligations provided in sections seven hundred twenty-two and seven hundred twenty-three, such labor organization and the parent organization of such labor organization shall each have the right to bring an action or proceeding in any court of competent jurisdiction for legal or equitable relief to redress such violation of obligation. Any member of such labor organization shall have the right to bring such action or proceeding if (a) after request by any member that such action or proceeding be brought, such organization shall fail to do so, or (b) such request would be futile, or (c) such organization has failed to prosecute diligently any such action or proceeding which it has brought.

Terms Used In N.Y. Labor Law 725

  • Agent: means any person, other than an attorney engaged in the practice of law, who represents or is authorized to represent a labor organization or employer organization, alone or with others in its dealings with employers, employees, members, employer organizations, labor organizations, or other persons, regardless of whether his relationship to the labor organization or employer organization is that of an independent contractor or employee. See N.Y. Labor Law 721
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Employer: means any person conducting a business or employing another within the state of New York, but shall not include a state government or any political or civil subdivision or other agency thereof. See N.Y. Labor Law 721
  • Employer organization: means any organization of any kind which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of representing employers in dealing with employees or labor organizations concerning terms and conditions of employment, grievances, labor disputes, or other matters incidental to the employment relationship at a place of business maintained in the state of New York. See N.Y. Labor Law 721
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Labor organization: means any organization of any kind which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of representing employees employed within the state of New York in dealing with employers or employer organizations or with a state government, or any political or civil subdivision or other agency thereof, concerning terms and conditions of employment, grievances, labor disputes, or other matters incidental to the employment relationship, and shall include the parent national or international organization of a local labor organization. See N.Y. Labor Law 721
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Officer: means any person holding or in fact performing or authorized to perform the functions of an office named or described in the constitution, charter, articles of incorporation, articles of association or by-laws of a labor organization or employer organization. See N.Y. Labor Law 721
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.

2. If any such action or proceeding is determined in favor of such organization or any such member, the court may award, in addition to other costs authorized by law, reasonable attorneys’ fees and disbursements out of any moneys awarded or funds or assets recovered in such action or proceeding.

3. Any employer, employer organization, labor relations consultant, or other person who knowingly participated in or induced any conduct or act which violates any of the obligations of an officer or agent of a labor organization provided in sections seven hundred twenty-two and seven hundred twenty-three, shall be subject to the same liabilities and judicial remedies as such officer or agent, including but not limited to joint and several liability with such officer or agent for any losses suffered by the labor organization, or any member thereof, as a result of any such violation of obligation, and joint and several liability to pay over to such labor organization or such member any gains or profits made as a result of such knowing participation or inducement.

4. Each wilful and knowing violation of any of the provisions of sections seven hundred twenty-three or seven hundred twenty-four of this article shall constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both.