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…]

Kelly Dermody Discusses Gender Pay Legislation and Active Equal Pay Litigation Around the Globe at Italy Conference

Kelly Dermody Discusses Gender Pay Legislation and Active Equal Pay Litigation Around the Globe at Italy Conference

Lieff Cabraser employment lawyer Kelly M. Dermody spoke at the American Bar Association (ABA) International Committee Midyear Meeting running May 6-10, 2018 in Milan, Italy. Ms. Dermody was featured on a distinguished panel titled “Equal Pay: Update on Gender Pay Legislation and Active Litigation Around the Globe: What’s Next?” from 9:45-11:00am on Wednesday, May 9. [Read more…]

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Case Gets Class Action Status After 13 Year Battle

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Case Gets Class Action Status After 13 Year Battle

As highlighted in a feature article in Bloomberg Businessweek, a federal judge in New York recently ruled that a former vice president of Goldman Sachs and three other women can now represent as many as 2,300 other current and former Goldman Sachs employees over claims of systemic gender discrimination at the global investment banking giant. After 13 years, dozens of lawyers, and more than 580 docket entries, Cristina Chen-Oster’s case finally won class action status in the Goldman Sachs gender discrimination lawsuit. Bloomberg’s piece provides a detailed history of Chen-Oster’s long struggle as well as the advocacy and unrelenting work of her attorney, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief to Help Eliminate LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief to Help Eliminate LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

A coalition of six organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the respondents in the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to work to help eliminate discrimination against LGBT individuals in the workplace. This brief marks the first time that LGBT rights groups have joined together in a non-marriage case at the Supreme Court as amici curiae. [Read more…]

Anne Shaver Discusses Glass Ceiling and Pay Equity at Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference

Anne Shaver Discusses Glass Ceiling and Pay Equity at Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver will be speaking at the 51st Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference from April 26-27, 2018 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. She will be featured on the panel entitled “Will The Glass Ceiling Ever Break? Emerging Trends in Pay Equity” on Friday, April 27 at 1:45pm PST. [Read more…]

Anne Shaver Speaks on Gender Equity in Tech at ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law

Anne Shaver Speaks on Gender Equity in Tech at ABA National Symposium

Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver will be speaking at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, taking place from April 11-13, 2018 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Ms. Shaver will be featured on the panel titled “#TimesUp for ‘Brotopia’: Striving for Gender Equity in Tech” on Thursday, April 12 from 9:15-10:30am. [Read more…]

Judge Issues Order Certifying Class in Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Class Action

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Case Moves Forward

On March 30, 2018, District Court Judge Analisa Torres issued an order certifying the plaintiff class under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 23(b)(3). In doing so, Judge Torres overruled Goldman Sachs’ arguments that the class did not satisfy the commonality, typicality, and adequacy requirements of Rule 23(b)(3), finding instead that the plaintiffs did indeed satisfy the Rule’s requirements. [Read more…]

Google Can’t Escape Women’s Claims of Pay Disparities, Gender Discrimination

Google Can't Escape Women's Claims of Pay Disparities, Gender Discrimination

Judge denies tech giant’s attempts to reduce size of proposed class in case over discrimination in salary and promotions for women

As reported in the Recorder (subscription) and the California Daily Journal (subscription), on Tuesday March 27th Judge Mary E. Wiss of the Superior Court of California issued an order permitting the pay equity class ation to proceed against Google. Judge Wiss found that plaintiffs’ classwide allegations were sufficient to survive Google’s attempts to have them stricken from the class action complaint. [Read more…]

Microsoft Gender Case Highlights HR-Employee Workplace Tensions

HR-Employee Workplace Tensions

As the #metoo movement gains ground amidst what seems like weekly if not daily announcements of new offenses and improper conduct by high-ranked officials and executives at companies across the country, Fortune begins a canvass of the field and the rampant challenges workers face in attempting to hold companies accountable for discrimination, toxic cultures, and individual manager and co-worker offenses by focusing on the issues facing one noteworthy tech giant: “Microsoft has a woman problem….” [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Discusses Sexual Harassment & The Judiciary on ACS Bay Area Panel

Kelly Dermody Discusses Sexual Harassment & The Judiciary on ACS Bay Area Panel

On February 5, 2018, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody spoke on an American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) Bay Area panel titled “Sexual Harassment & The Judiciary: What’s Next After Kozinski?” The event will took place at Lieff Cabraser’s office in San Francisco, California. [Read more…]

Microsoft Acknowledges Gender Imbalance in Tech Industry Even as it Fights Discrimination Claims

Microsoft Acknowledges Gender Imbalance in Tech Industry Even as it Fights Discrimination Claims

In the midst of squaring off against more than 8,600 former and current female employees in a class action lawsuit based on claims of systemic and pervasive discrimination, Microsoft Corp. admits in its filed response to the lawsuit that the company is “keenly aware of gender imbalance in the tech industry.” However, the company goes on to argue that a lawsuit – where the company could face a verdict assigning it significant liability for its actions – is not the right arena in which to address the problem. [Read more…]

Wall Street Often Left Unaccountable for Workplace Sexual Harassment – Is the System Rigged?

Wall Street Often Left Unaccountable for Workplace Sexual Harassment – Is the System Rigged?

Despite numerous women coming forward with workplace sexual harassment claims against male counterparts, there is one industry where senior executives seem to be left without any accountability for their misconduct – finance. And some women think enough is enough. The financial industry appears to spawn just as many cases of discrimination, harassment, abuse and assault as other industries, but the wealthy and powerful men of Wall Street don’t appear to suffer for their wrongdoing. [Read more…]