[Guest Post to the California Civil Rights Coalition website by Kelly Dermody, Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office and chair of the firm’s Employment practice group]
“Around 4:00 a.m. on November 9, I knew something fundamentally had changed. Our civic institutions, impartial judiciary, fair elections, and rule of law had been openly mocked and undermined.
“Entire communities – Muslims, Latino Americans and Mexicans, African Americans, LGBTQ people, Americans with disabilities, and women – had been targets of demeaning slurs during national political discourse, and this had not been repudiated.
“Over the course of the first week after the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center recorded nearly 500 incidents of intimidation targeting people of color, Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and women.
“But I knew that we were not powerless. Disenfranchised communities have always faced threats and backlash. We couldn’t curl up and hide now, especially those of us with the power and access of the legal system, education, documentation, and/or economic advantage. Something had to be done for more vulnerable people and communities….”
Ms. Dermody goes on to describe in detail the thoughts and actions that led to the creation of the How to Be a Good Ally Strategic Engagement Conference which will take place Friday, January 6 in San Francisco. You can read the full article on the California Civil Rights Coalition website, or learn more about the Conference.
About Kelly M. Dermody
The Chair of Lieff Cabraser’s employment practice group and Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco office, Kelly Dermody supervises many of the most significant and challenging employment lawsuits in our nation today, including cases challenging gender and race discrimination by top Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and Fortune 100 firms; wage suppression claims against technology, healthcare, and academic institutions; overtime and lost pay lawsuits for low-wage workers, I/T professionals, and foreign nationals working for American corporations; and ERISA claims that she has tried on behalf of employees and retirees for pension plan abuses.