On March 8, 2016, Judge James L. Robart of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington denied Microsoft’s motion to dismiss the gender discrimination employment lawsuit against the company, brought brought by a former female Microsoft technical professional on behalf of herself and all current and former female technical professionals employed by Microsoft in the U.S. since July 18, 2010. The court ruled that discovery shall proceed based on Plaintiffs’ current class definition, which includes all current and former female technical professionals employed by Microsoft in the U.S. since the July 18, 2010 date. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Lin Y. Chan will be moderating a panel at the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) 2016 Symposium: Workers in the New Tech Economy on February 26, 2016 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. The symposium will focus on whether today’s tech centered economy exploits workers, requires new organizing tactics, discriminates, disrupts worker protections, and provides flexibility and autonomy. [Read more…]
Corporate Counsel has published a report titled “Lessons from the EEOC’s Transgender Discrimination Settlement” relating to a recent Minnesota EEOC victory for transgender worker rights. The article [subscription required] notes some simple and yet powerful guidelines for employers anxious about how to handle transgender employees. [Read more…]
Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity is no secret. Major tech companies, such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter have faced repeated pressure to publicly disclose their workforce demographics – the first time such reports were published was 2014. The statistics reinforce the notion of just how much progress needs to be made in order to achieve gender and racial equality in the tech industry.
Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver will be speaking at the UC Hastings Law Journal Spring Symposium titled “The Status of Anti-discrimination Law and Litigation in the United States” on February 12, 2016. Along with twenty other panelists practicing in the areas of labor, employment and constitutional law, Ms. Shaver will be discussing the ways that anti-discrimination law has transformed over time.
According to the California Legislature, full-time working women in California lose over $33 billion every year as a result of gender wage disparities. That’s not a misprint — the precise estimate was $33,650,294,544. Nationally, the average gender wage gap stands at 79 cents on the dollar, the Census Bureau reports.
According to The Recorder, “The groundbreaking [High-Tech Antitrust] class action, one of the first to successfully apply antitrust law to employment activity, has ushered in a wave of similar suits targeting California animation studios, North Carolina medical schools, a mixed martial arts promoter and additional tech companies.” [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser Employment Practice Group Chair and San Francisco Office Managing Partner Kelly M. Dermody spoke with Business Insider reporter Julie Bolt on aspects of labor law and the tech world. This was part of a Business Insider report on age discrimination in the tech world, where the publication noted that there’s a “deadline of sorts” that hits workers around age 50. [Read more…]
Scientists studying social media are still trying to understand the factors that can transform a quiet online debate into a raging Twitterstorm — where discussion explodes in size and virulence unpredictably and often near-instantaneously. Such events often have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences; sometimes the sound and fury prompt action. But for women who speak out about sexism, there is often a vicious backlash that can range from insults to threats of violence. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will be speaking at the Plenary Diversity luncheon on Thursday, November 5th at the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The discussion will focus on how racially-charged events in the national spotlight have elevated the need for work cultures that respectfully manage heightened emotions, follow best practices for respectful conversations at work about race relations, and combat stereotyping and implicit bias. The discussion will include partner Luther Wright of Ogletree Deakins and will be moderated by Arkansas Law School Professor Cyndi Nance. [Read more…]
National Class Action Lawsuit in Federal Court Charges Violations of Federal and Local Civil Rights Laws
Seattle, Washington (September 16, 2015) – Attorneys Adam T. Klein of Outten & Golden LLP and Kelly M. Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announce that a lawsuit filed today in federal court in Washington alleges that Microsoft has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female professional employees.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Implicit Bias: Fact or Fiction?” at the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) on July 28, 2015. The panel will examine implicit bias and whether it explains the lack of women in positions of power and leadership in law firms and corporations. The discussion is presented by BASF’s No Glass Ceiling Task Force. BASF Executive Director Yolanda Jackson will moderate.
Lieff Cabraser attorney Rachel Geman will be participating at the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) 2015 Annual Convention on June 26, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Geman will moderate and speak at a panel discussion titled “Statistics For Lawyers – Even Those Who Hate Math,” which will address issues that arise in Fair Labor Standards Act and Title VII class action cases in regard to statistical analyses and representative testimony at trial.
On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its suit against Abercrombie & Fitch alleging religious discrimination under Title VII. The Court held that, to prove disparate treatment, a plaintiff need only to show that the plaintiff’s need for religious accommodation was a motivating factor in the employment decision, not that the employer had actual knowledge of the need for accommodation.
Today, U.S. District Court Judge Jane Bond Arterton granted plaintiffs’ motion for conditional certification in the Computer Sciences Corporation IT support worker overtime pay action.