Employee rights lawsuits play a critical role in keeping businesses fair and inclusive. By challenging gender, race, and age discrimination, sexual and other harassment, and wage fraud and theft, these cases set precedents that force defendant organizations to create and maintain more equitable workplaces and fair cultures, while alerting other companies that they cannot escape the law and indeed, face significant monetary and other penalties for trying to do so. Lieff Cabraser’s employment law practice group has been dedicated to advocating for workers’ rights for 50 years, and has successfully litigated hundreds of employee discrimination, harassment and wage fraud cases, including several recent high-profile cases which have led to significant improvements and new legal standards for employees across the nation.
In the Google Gender Discrimination class action lawsuit, Lieff Cabraser represented over 15,000 female Google employees who alleged they had been subjected to systemic pay and promotion discrimination. This groundbreaking case, filed under California’s recently amended Equal Pay law, challenged Google’s practices of under-leveling women at hire and basing pay rates on candidates’ past salary information. In October 2022, final approval was granted to a $118 million settlement in the case, which not only compensated the affected employees but also prompted vital reforms within the company, including third-party monitoring and policy changes to ensure fair treatment for Google workers moving forward.
Similarly, our firm achieved remarkable results in the Kaiser Permanente Equal Pay & Promotion Race Discrimination class action lawsuit, securing an $11.5 million settlement in March of 2022 for 2,225 African-American employees who alleged they had faced systemic racism at Kaiser. By addressing racial discrimination faced by African-American healthcare professionals, the case worked to guarantee equal compensation and career advancement opportunities. Its successful outcome led to the creation of comprehensive workplace programs focused on fostering a racially inclusive environment, and the setting of a new example for medical organizations nationwide.
These cases and others underscore the vital role of plaintiff-side employment lawyers in improving workplace conditions and promoting legally-mandated inclusivity. The attorneys in Lieff Cabraser’s employment and discrimination practice group work unceasingly not just to recover compensation for employees whose rights have been violated, but also to hold employers publicly accountable and ensure future and ongoing compliance with the law. We take pride in helping our clients put an end to unjust and unlawful practices, inspiring industries to enhance their recruitment, hiring, promotion, and pay practices, and ultimately creating more equitable work environments for all.
Lieff Cabraser’s Employment Law Practice Group
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. For example, we represent technical, creative, and other salaried employees in a ground-breaking class action against Apple, Google, Intel, and other prominent Silicon Valley companies that challenges practices suppressing the pay of technical, creative, and other salaried employees.