At the April 3, 2019 National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity in Coral Gables, Florida, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody moderated the opening event, a plenary discussion focusing on “gender equality in the #MeToo World” with lawyer and journalist Dahlia Lithwick (Newsweek and Slate) and the Honorable Victoria A. Lipnic, Commissioner and Acting Chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The conference focused on the gender equality movement, examining historic and key events of the past 50 years, important statutes passed and not passed, and judicial interpretations of those statutes. Also covered were factual events leading up to the #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements from the perspective of a journalist as well as their techniques and the barriers they face in publishing stories; the movement’s impact on employers with regards to investigating harassment claims, anti-harassment policies, and strategies for dealing with the media by a panel of legal experts; and the future of employment laws and how lawyers will play a defining role in a “post- #MeToo world.”
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, Microsoft, KPMG 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.