Asian American Women Hit “Bamboo Glass Ceiling” in the Workplace

Asian American Women Hit “Bamboo Glass Ceiling” in the Workplace

The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are shedding ever increasing light on the disparate treatment of female employees in the workplace. A new report on Silicon Valley from the Ascend Foundation examines Asian-American women in particular, and reveals that though they comprise the largest racial cohort in the industry, Asians are the racial group least likely to be promoted to manager and executive positions. [Read more…]

Labor and Civil Rights Groups Urge Appellate Court to Revive Microsoft Gender Discrimination Class Action

Labor and Civil Rights Groups Urge Appellate Court to Revive Microsoft Gender Discrimination Class Action

A coalition of 32 labor and civil rights groups has filed an amicus brief urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to restore class action status to the gender discrimination lawsuit brought by female employees of tech giant Microsoft. The group includes the Impact Fund, the National Employment Law Project, the National Women’s Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. [Read more…]

Comeback of Former Human Society CEO Wayne Pacelle Raises Questions of How the Organization Handled Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him

Comeback of Former Human Society CEO Wayne Pacelle Raises Questions of How the Organization Handled Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him

As the U.S.’s leading advocacy group for animals, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) typically shows annual revenues of approximately $230 million. However, the Washington DC-based nonprofit organization generated unwanted news headlines over the last year as its then-CEO Wayne Pacelle faced accusations of sexual harassment allegations by several women. Now, less than six months after resigning as HSUS CEO, Pacelle returns to the animal welfare sphere as he joins political action committee Animal Wellness Action, and questions are arising about how HSUS handled the charges against its former CEO. [Read more…]

Daily Journal Recognizes Kelly Dermody & Anne Shaver as 2018 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

Daily Journal Recognizes Kelly Dermody & Anne Shaver as 2018 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

We are proud to announce that the Daily Journal (subscription) has named Lieff Cabraser partners Kelly M. Dermody and Anne B. Shaver as Top Labor & Employment Lawyers for 2018. This is a first-time award for Anne, while Kelly’s joins the list for the sixth time since 2011. [Read more…]

Recorder Q&A With Kelly Dermody on Employment Cases, Gender Pay Disparities, and the Future

Recorder Q&A With Kelly Dermody on Employment Cases

Law.com’s online journal The Recorder caught up with Lieff Cabraser partner and Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group Kelly M. Dermody for a substantial and wide-ranging question and answer session published June 1st (subscription). Noting Ms. Dermody’s leadership on equal pay and promotion gender class actions against industry giants like Microsoft, Google, and Goldman Sachs, the publication talked to her about arbitration and class waivers, culture and its shaping of the law, and current progress on gender issues, among other topics. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Talks to Law.com About Class Action Waivers in Employment Contracts

Kelly Dermody Talks to Law.com About Class Action Waivers in Employment Contracts

Recently, in a decision expected to have large-scale impact for companies and workers, the U.S. Supreme Court gave its approval to employment contracts that include class action waivers. Law.com spoke with Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody, Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group, about the case. As the journal notes, “Dermody is involved in some of the biggest labor and employment class actions around, and has long pushed companies to create and foster equal playing fields for all workers.” [Read more…]

Impact Fund Guest Blog – Anne Shaver on “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions”

Impact Fund Guest Blog – Anne Shaver on “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions”

Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver has written a piece for the Impact Fund legal practitioner blog titled “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions.” The piece looks at the gender discrimination case Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs, No. 10-6950 (S.D.N.Y.), wherein the court recently certified a Rule 23(b)(3) class of female vice presidents and associates who challenge Goldman Sachs’ performance evaluation, compensation, and promotion processes, and explains how the Dukes’ cases limits on class actions don’t apply. [Read more…]

“Supreme Court Deals Blow to Employees Holding Employers Accountable” – Rachel Geman Writes for ACS Blog

“Supreme Court Deals Blow to Employees Holding Employers Accountable” – Rachel Geman Writes for ACS Blog

Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman has written a piece for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) titled “Supreme Court Deals Blow to Employees Hoping to Hold Employers Accountable.” In the piece, Geman challenges the wisdom of the recent 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, where Justice Gorsuch’s majority opinion held that employees’ rights to cooperate in concerted activities under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) does not extend to participation in class and collective actions, substituting unfair forced arbitration for the right to have a case heard in open court. [Read more…]

Bloomberg Initiates a New Podcast: How Companies Use Math to Make the Gender Pay Gap Vanish

Colleagues having a meeting in a modern office

Bloomberg’s newest podcast, The Pay Check, analyzes the human toll of getting paid less for the same work

Media giant Bloomberg is starting a new podcast entitled “The Pay Check,” focusing on gender pay disparaties and their persistence in the workplace. Styled as an in-depth miniseries, the programs will also examine “the human toll of getting paid less for the same work.” The first episode of this new podcast series includes a discussion of Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs, wherein Lieff Cabraser serves as Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs in a gender discrimination class action lawsuit against Goldman Sachs alleging Goldman Sachs has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female professional employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and New York City Human Rights Law. The podcast includes interviews with Lieff Cabraser partner and co-lead Goldman Sachs case counsel Kelly M. Dermody, Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group, with two of the case plaintiffs, and with an expert statistician in the case. [Read more…]