On December 6, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. PST, Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman will present a Lawline webinar on “Investigating & Litigating Employment Class Actions From The Plaintiffs’ Perspective.” Rachel’s presentation will review these decisions and the applicable law, resistance to compulsory arbitration mandates, and an examination of anti-discrimination/equal pay claims as well as wage and hour claims.
The Supreme Court has issued a number of important decisions in recent years impacting employment class and collective actions, including Wal-Mart v. Dukes and Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. These and other decisions have influenced how employment class actions are investigated and litigated. Even well before the current focus of the Supreme Court on class actions, though, practitioners investigated potential class cases differently from individual ones. In addition to looking for the number of employees affected by a potentially suspect policy, plaintiffs’ lawyers need to understand what common practices may be associated with disparities, and be on the look-out for a number of other issues.
Course objectives include:
- Obtaining practical guidance on scoping the potential size and contours of a class action;
- An understanding of the differences between Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the opt-in procedures of Section 216(b) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, As Amended, which is applicable to FLSA and EPA collective actions (among others);
- Handling and defending litigation on the pleadings in employment class and collective actions: the no-longer-so-new new thing;
- Obtaining guidance on the use of experts in employment class actions: data, statistics, I/O psychologists, other; and
- Discussing contemporary trends in employment class actions and recent decisions impacting those trends.
About Rachel Geman
Rachel Geman is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office with a practice dedicated to employment law, consumer protection, and to recovering money for the government lost to fraud through False Claims Act litigation or whistleblower law. On behalf of her clients, Ms. Geman has filed qui tam suits in multiple courts involving numerous industries that are under investigation, and is presently involved in active litigation involving off-label and kickback claims in the pharmaceutical industry. Her current class action cases involve employment discrimination, consumer civil rights, and consumer protection.
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