Annika K. Martin Talks to Agenda About the Impact of #MeToo on Corporate Culture

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin spoke recently with web based business resource platform Agenda about the rise of the #MeToo movement in corporate culture and how #MeToo has driven corporations to change how they handle misconduct. Rather than buying off accusers, as was once common, those in charge are instead imposing strong ethical standards and policy changes to ensure their companies don’t foster environments that enable misconduct. [Read more…]

Judge Close To Granting Preliminary Approval of $48.95M Settlement in Knorr, Wabtec No-Poach Antitrust Case

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As reported by Law360 (Subscription), U.S District Judge Joy Flowers Conti has indicated she is close to granting preliminary approval to a $48.95 million settlement of the antitrust lawsuit in which employee plaintiffs alleged Knorr-Bermse AG and Wabtec Corp. improperly agreed not to hire each other’s employees resulting in suppressed and lost wages. The settlement proceeds will be distributed to workers of both companies. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Settlement of Knorr and Wabtec Employee No-Poach Antitrust Lawsuit

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Proposed settlements with world’s dominant railway equipment suppliers will provide $48.95 million for employees who alleged their compensation was adversely impacted by an agreement between Knorr and Wabtec not to poach each other’s employees

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. announce a total of $48.95 million in settlements to resolve antitrust claims of a class of approximately 8,396 employees of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation and certain subsidiaries (“Wabtec”) and Knorr-Bremse AG and certain subsidiaries (“Knorr”). Knorr has agreed to pay $12 million, and Wabtec has agreed to pay $36.95 million. [Read more…]

Nashville News Anchor Demetria Kalodimos and TV Station WSMV Resolve Dispute

Nashville News Anchor Demetria Kalodimos and TV Station WSMV Resolve Dispute

As reported by The Nashville Business Journal, longtime news anchor Demetria Kalodimos announced Wednesday that she has settled her lawsuit with her former employer, WSMV Channel 4, an NBC-affiliated television station in Nashville, Tennessee. The lawsuit against WSMV and the station’s owner, Meredith Corp., accused the media companies of gender and age discrimination as well as breach of contract, among other claims. [Read more…]

Class Action Lawsuits Play Critical Role in the Fight to Protect Consumers and Workers from Being Cheated – Slate.com

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Powerful and straightforward piece in Slate reveals how Americans have had their consumer and employee rights stripped away from them

Since their inception, class action lawsuits have provided consumers with a mechanism to challenge and deter large corporations from breaking the law. Over the last decade, however, hundreds of millions of Americans have seen themselves legally prohibited from bringing or joining such lawsuits as the imposition of forced arbitration has skyrocketed to restrict their rights. Forced arbitration provisions drastically limit the rights of consumers and employees. As Slate observes, this onetime major recourse for individuals facing illegal behavior by giant corporations is reeling in the wake of a Supreme Court “determined to stamp them out.” [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Moderates Discussion at BASF Women’s Impact Network “No Glass Ceiling” 2.0 Conference

Kelly Dermody Moderates Discussion at BASF Women's Impact Network "No Glass Ceiling" 2.0 Conference

On Thursday, November 21st, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will moderate “Own the Moment (a conversation between genders)” — a frank, provocative, and constructive educational presentation with male managing partners and law practice leaders on strategies for male leaders and allies to help advance gender equity and cultivate positive cultures for all genders. Panelists include Nathan Sabri of Morrison & Foerster LLP, Brian Rocca of Morgan Lewis Bockius, David Lucero of Veritas, Steven Taylor of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, and Vidhya Prabhakaran of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Mistakes Employers Make at California Employment Law Council Annual Meeting

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Mistakes Employers Make at California Employment Law Council Annual Meeting

On Thursday, November 14th, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will lead a discussion on “The Plaintiff Perspective: Mistakes Employers Make and Case Selection Criteria for an Employee Advocate” at the California Employment Law Council’s annual meeting in San Francisco. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Moderates Plenary on HR Analytics at 13th Annual ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference

Kelly Dermody Moderates Plenary on HR Analytics at 13th Annual ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference

On, Friday, November 8, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody moderated a plenary session entitled “The Power of People Analytics” at The American Bar Association’s 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law conference in New Orleans. [Read more…]

American Association for Justice Issues Call for Action to End Forced Arbitration

American Association for Justice Calls For Action to End Forced Arbitration

The Chief Operating Officer of the  American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently penned a letter to the public in an attempt to provide people with the latest information on how to get involved in the AAJ’s grassroots efforts to end forced arbitration. [Read more…]

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Article includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Ann B. Shaver, who represents the plaintiffs in the case

The Register reports that over 8,000 female Microsoft employees have appealed a judge’s decision to deny class certification in a gender lawsuit against the tech giant in which female employees and ex-employees allege pay discrimination and claim that top management at Microsoft knew there was a problem but failed to fix it. [Read more…]

New Tech Designed to Monitor Worker Safety May be Violating Privacy Laws

New Tech Designed to Monitor Worker Safety May be Violating Privacy Laws

Gizmodo reports that major manufacturing and shipping companies across the U.S. are asking their manual laborers to wear a new kind of motion sensor they claim is designed to insure worker safety. These devices can provide feedback to alert workers to potentially hazardous bends and twists. However, critics of the devices feel that they may be too intrusive, providing employers with the ability to inspect workers’ every move, and “opening an obvious path to intensive micro-surveillance of their productivity.” [Read more…]

American Association for Justice Releases Detailed Report on Negative Impacts of Forced Arbitration

American Association for Justice Releases Detailed Report on Negative Impacts of Forced Arbitration

An article published in the November 2019 issue of the American Association for Justice’s Trial Magazine highlights a new research report examining the devastating impact forced arbitration has had on the rights of American workers and consumers. The report looks at how forced arbitration suppresses claims against corporations specifically when corporations harm workers and consumers by cheating, stealing, or even breaking the law. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Comments on National Effort to Collect Company Pay Data

Kelly Dermody Comments on National Effort to Collect Company Pay Data

As reported in Bloomberg Law, the U.S. government is now collecting detailed race and gender pay data from thousands of companies in an effort to eliminate wage discrimination in the workplace. [Read more…]

Lawmakers Advance FAIR Act Bill Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

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On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to send the FAIR Act (a bill to end forced arbitration) to the House floor for a vote. The vote on the bill is expected to take place as early as next week. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Discusses #MeToo and BigLaw at ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility

Kelly Dermody Discusses #MeToo and BigLaw at ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility

On May 8, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody addressed Big Law’s issues with #MeToo on a panel at the American Bar Association’s National Conference on Professional Responsibility held in Vancouver, British Columbia, noting how many high profile firms are guilty of allowing their highest paid and most powerful “rainmaker” lawyers to participate in the sexual harassment and undercutting of women and minority lawyers in the workplace without repercussion. [Read more…]

$54.5 Million Settlement Proposed in Duke/UNC “No Poach” Employee Anticompetition Lawsuit

$54.5 Million Settlement in Duke/UNC "No Poach" Employee Anticompetition Lawsuit

On May 20, 2019, a settlement valued at $54.5 million was filed in the class action lawsuit against Duke University over an alleged illegal employee-poaching agreement with the University of North Carolina. The proposed settlement came on the same day that the U.S. Department of Justice decided to intervene in the suit by filing a motion to intervene seeking to prohibit Duke and UNC from signing “no-poach” employee agreements during the next five years. [Read more…]

American Antitrust Institute Pens Letter of Opposition to Department of Justice Over DOJ’s “Misguided” Approach Toward Fast Food Franchise No-Poach Employee Restriction Agreements

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On Thursday May 2, 2019 the American Antitrust Institute submitted a thirteen-page letter to the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice expressing concerns that the DOJ’s recent Statement of Interest relating to fast food franchise employee “no-poach” cases “threatens to lead district courts astray and discourage antitrust challenges to patently anticompetitive labor-market restraints that exploit the most vulnerable workers in the franchise sector.” The Antitrust Institute, along with many other employee rights organizations and advocates, contends that the practice of restricting employees from moving from one store to another within the same franchise violates antitrust laws and causes workers’ wages to be lower than they would otherwise be if not limited by the resulting reductions in career mobility and advancement. [Read more…]

Google Employees Push for Legislation to End Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

Google employees are organizing a phone drive that will take place on Wednesday, May 1st to press lawmakers into supporting The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (“FAIR”) Act. The FAIR Act is an initiative recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives seeking to end the use of arbitration agreements in employment contracts so as to sidestep public trials. Widely used across many industries, these clauses are inserted into workers’ contracts more and more frequently to require that the workers waive their right to sue their employers in a real and public court. Instead, employee complaints are funneled into a private legal system, where employers (who fund the system) are viewed as having the upper hand in the settling of job-related disputes. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody A Featured Panelist at American Bar Association’s Midyear International Labor & Employment Law Conference

Kelly Dermody A Featured Panelist at American Bar Association’s Midyear International Labor & Employment Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will speak as a distinguished panelist at the American Bar Association’s Midyear International Labor & Employment Law Conference on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She will be featured on a panel titled “#MeToo and Beyond: Addressing Sexual Harassment, Pay Inequity and Other Forms of Gender Discrimination in the International Workplace.” [Read more…]