New District Court Ruling Sets Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Lawsuit to Move Forward

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Case Moves Forward

On April 12, 2017, District Court Judge Analisa Torres granted plaintiffs’ motion to amend their complaint and add new representative plaintiffs, denied Goldman Sachs’ motions to dismiss the new plaintiffs’ claims, and ordered the parties to submit proposals by April 26, 2017, on a process for addressing Magistrate Judge Francis’ March 2015 Report and Recommendation on class certification. [Read more…]

Landmark Federal Appeals Court Decision Holds Employee Sex Discrimination Violates Civil Rights Act

Landmark Federal Appeals Court Decision Holds Employee Sex Discrimination Violates Civil Rights Act

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act. This ruling is a landmark victory for gay rights advocates who have been pushing to expand workplace protections for years. [Read more…]

Tech General Counsel Need to Guide HR Departments to Avoid Major Crises

High tech employment discrimination, harassment

The Recorder (subscription) examines recent tech employment scandals and advises companies to have their general counsel “work more closely with human resource departments if they want to avoid…explosive discrimination allegations” seen so prominently in recent months. Calling out Uber and Tesla, the article makes it clear that if companies don’t work hard to improve their diversity numbers, complaints of discrimination problems are not going to go away. [Read more…]

New Employment Law Case May Cause Employees to Lose Class Action Rights

New Employment Law Case May Cause Employees to Lose Class Action Rights

A new employment law case facing review by the U.S. Supreme Court may have a massive impact on employees’ class action rights. Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris raises the fundamental question of whether a business can prohibit its employees from using collective legal action to challenge improper workplace issues such as unpaid wages and discrimination. [Read more…]

Female Lawyers Continue to Struggle with Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Female Lawyers Continue to Struggle with Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Over the past five years, only 16.5% of lead attorney spots have gone to female lawyers in the still largely male-dominated realm of multidistrict litigation (MDLs). In spite of the progress women have made in the law generally, and some growth in MDL leadership positions, female lawyers are still outnumbered 3 to 1 in MDLs by their male counterparts, reports Law360. [Read more…]

Sexual Misconduct Often Ignored in Silicon Valley Startups

Sexual Misconduct Often Ignored in Silicon Valley Startups

In the wake of a former Uber employee’s revelations of sexual harassment that the ride-sharing giant purportedly ignored, a recent survey conducted by Elephant in the Valley indicated that 60% of female tech employees reported unwanted sexual advances at the workplace, with 1 in 3 feeling afraid of their personal safety because of work-related circumstances. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in Law360 on Gender Bias Challenges Facing Uber and Other High Tech Companies

High Tech Gender Discrimination

Law360 (subscription) gives high-tech gender bias a new close look through the lens of Uber’s recent widely-reported fair treatment failure with regard to one high-profile female engineer. Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly Dermody, head of the firm’s Employment Discrimination practice group and managing partner of the San Francisco office, spoke with the publication about challenges facing companies, particularly tech companies, when Human Resources departments are given second-class status. [Read more…]

PBS New Mexico Discusses Sandia Gender Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit

In a recent episode of PBS New Mexico’s In Focus, host Gene Grant and four panelists discuss the federal class action lawsuit recently filed in New Mexico against Sandia National Laboratories alleging the company participated in a pattern of systemic discrimination against women in pay, performance evaluations, and promotions. The panel addresses allegations against Sandia for having a “corporate culture infected with gender bias” and discusses what can be done to support women in the Science, Technology, and Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in LA Times on Emerging Sexual Harassment Claims Against Uber

Kelly Dermody in LA Times on Emerging Sexual Harassment Claims Against Uber

On February 19th, a former Uber employee alleged on her personal blog that she had been sexually harassed while working at the ride-sharing company. The former tech employee stated that when she reported the situation to HR and upper management, they didn’t do anything to handle the offense, noting that even though it was clearly sexual harassment, “it was this man’s first offense” and since he was a “high performer” in the company’s eyes they wouldn’t feel comfortable punishing him for what was “probably just an innocent mistake on his part.” [Read more…]

Gender Pay Discrimination: Lieff Cabraser Employment Lawyer Anne Shaver Talks to Glamour Magazine

Gender Pay Discrimination: Lieff Cabraser Employment Lawyer Anne Shaver Talks to Glamour Magazine

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act (EPA), it is illegal for an employer to pay female employees less than their male counterparts doing the same job tasks and responsibilities. Despite significant advances with regard to women’s rights, there are still many female employees who do not receive equal compensation in the workplace. This is the widespread gender pay gap facing women today. [Read more…]