Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kelly M. Dermody, Rachel Geman, and Tiseme G. Zegeye will be presenting at the 2018 American Bar Association (ABA) National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, taking place from March 14-17, 2018 in Coronado, California.

Ms. Zegeye will be presenting on the panels titled “Individuals with Disabilities: America’s Final Frontier for Equal Employment Opportunity,” which will cover the challenges individuals with disabilities face in the workplace and public square, and “Suds and Substance: #GoodVibesOnly,” which will focus on the role of electronic communications and social media within groups of workers and the broader community.

Ms. Dermody will be moderating the panel, “An Inside Look At An EEO Class Action Post-Certification.” Panelists will dive into the impact of Rule 23(c)(4), which allows courts to certify class action lawsuits for limited issues. The discussion will explore issues such as what class-wide evidence plaintiffs and defendants must present regarding the “business necessity” of an employer’s practice, the availability of a “less discriminatory alternative,” and what factors courts consider in determining individual damages.

Ms. Geman will be discussing “Aggressive Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: The Business Imperative and The Real Legal Risks.” This panel will cover cutting edge diversity and inclusion initiatives, highlighting the most innovative and aggressive practices and the true legal risks posed by these initiatives. Speakers will debate on the pros and cons of aspirational hiring goals, set-aside rotational programs, diversity metrics in reviewing performance, and diversity considerations in a RIF.

Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver was a Program Co-Chair for the event, and both she and Ms. Zegeye served on the Program Planning Committee.

Click here for the full 2018 National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law schedule.

Upholding Employee Rights

Lieff Cabraser has a strong tradition of fighting for employee rights across America. Our employment law class action cases challenge (a) discrimination based on employees’ race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability; (b) wage violations, including failure to pay overtime, break time, or vacation time; and (c) misuse of employees’ retirement benefits. We also represent employees who “blow the whistle” on wrongdoing by their employers as well as in other cases alleging violations of the law.

About Kelly Dermody

The Chair of Lieff Cabraser’s employment practice group and Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Kelly M. Dermody specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases, including gender discrimination cases against Google and Goldman Sachs. Her additional case work includes 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.

About Rachel Geman

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Rachel Geman’s practice is dedicated to employment law, consumer protection, and recovering money for the government lost to fraud through False Claims Act litigation. 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.

About Anne Shaver

Anne Shaver is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office with a practice focusing on employment law cases. Anne has taken a leading role in gender class action lawsuits that challenge business practices and work cultures at some of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, including Google and Goldman Sachs. Ms. Shaver’s passion for upholding worker rights has most recently been focused on gender discrimination “impact litigation,” where she represents clients seeking to alter core business practices in ways that transform not just individual companies, but entire industries.

About Tiseme Zegeye

Tiseme Zegeye is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office. Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Tiseme was a Staff Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, where she litigated to protect women’s reproductive rights. Previously she was a Legal Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project in New York, where she worked to fight gender discrimination in employment, education, and housing.

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