Employment Law

Upholding employee rights

Lieff Cabraser has a strong tradition of fighting for employee rights across America. Our employment law class action cases challenge (a) discrimination based on employees’ race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability; (b) wage violations, including failure to pay overtime, break time, or vacation time; and (c) misuse of employees’ retirement benefits.

We also represent employees who “blow the whistle” on wrongdoing by their employers as well as in other cases alleging violations of the law. For example, we represent technical, creative, and other salaried employees in a ground-breaking class action against Apple, Google, Intel, and other prominent Silicon Valley companies that challenges practices suppressing the pay of technical, creative, and other salaried employees.

Successfully challenging unlawful employment practices

Lieff Cabraser’s nationally-recognized employment lawyers are litigating many of the most significant employment class action lawsuits in our nation today. These cases challenge gender and race discrimination, where female or minority employees are not hired, are paid less than their white male counterparts, or are given fewer opportunities to advance at the company; policies requiring hourly workers to report to work early, stay late, or work through breaks for no pay (off-the-clock work); policies classifying employees as salaried who should have been classified as hourly workers and received overtime pay; and pension plan abuses under Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) claims on behalf of employees and retirees.

We have repeatedly prevailed in and obtained significant recoveries for our clients in precedent-setting employment cases against the largest corporations in the U.S. and throughout the world, including Walmart, IBM, Federal Express, Smith Barney, and Home Depot.

Our goal is not only to recover compensation for employees and job applicants who have suffered legal violations but also to press employers to comply with the law. We are proud to have assisted our clients in ending unfair and illegal practices and inspiring industries to improve recruitment, hiring, promotion, and pay practices and other aspects of employment.

Assisting employees acting as whistleblowers

Corporations that knowingly defraud the government can be subjected to substantial liability under the False Claims Act. An employee with evidence of such fraud can serve as a whistleblower and share in the recovery the government receives if the lawsuit is successful.

Lieff Cabraser’s whistleblower cases have challenged a wide variety of frauds against the government, including overcharges to Medicare, military units, and federally-funded education programs. We understand the unique pressures employees face when considering bringing a lawsuit against their employer or stepping forward as a whistleblower.

It is important that whistleblowers seek legal advice early and meet with counsel. Our lawyers are dedicated to protecting employees who have been treated unfairly and preventing retaliation against them for challenging illegal practices.

Expertise across markets and an outstanding reputation

Lieff Cabraser litigates employment cases spanning a wide variety of industries, including retail, medical, insurance, technology, banking, financial services, security, and many more industries. Commenting on the work of Lieff Cabraser in one employment case, the Court stated “the results achieved here could be nothing less than described as exceptional” and praised “the efforts of outstanding counsel.”

The legal weekly The Recorder named our employment group as a 2015 California Litigation Department of the Year Award recipient. U.S. News and Best Lawyers selected Lieff Cabraser as a 2013 national “Law Firm of the Year” in the category of Employment Law – Individuals.

The Legal 500 guide to the U.S. legal profession has recognized Lieff Cabraser as having one of the leading plaintiffs’ employment practices in the nation for the past three years.

Kelly M. Dermody chairs the firm’s employment practice group and leads the firm’s employment cases. The Daily Journal has recognized her as one of the top 100 attorneys in California, top labor and employment lawyers in California, and top women litigators in California. Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers have repeatedly recognized Ms. Dermody as one of top lawyers in San Francisco and Northern California. In 2007, California Lawyer magazine awarded Ms. Dermody its prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award.

Lieff Cabraser’s Employment Law Cases



CaseIssue
Computer Sciences Corporation IIMisclassification of IT workers
DuPont Employee Stock OptionsBreach of contract
Employee Stock OptionsInterference with employee stock option rights
Goldman SachsGender discrimination
HP Technical WorkersOvertime pay improperly denied
KPMGGender discrimination
Major League BaseballOvertime pay
Microsoft Gender DiscriminationGender Discrimination
Military and Family Life ConsultantsOvertime pay improperly denied
R.J. Reynolds Retirement PlanBreach of fiduciary duty
Sandia National Laboratories Gender DiscriminationGender discrimination



    CaseAllegation
    Tech Worker, Innovator & Entrepreneur JusticeRemedying violations of employment, IP, and antitrust law
    B-1 Employment Visa FraudViolation of visa and employment laws
    Continuing Sexism in the Tech IndustryIllegal sexism in tech
    Employee Overtime PayOvertime pay improperly denied
    H1-B and L-1 Tech WorkersViolation of employment laws
    Infosys B-1 Visa FraudViolation of visa and employment laws
    Indian Tech Industry Workers in AmericaViolation of employment laws
    IT Workers OvertimeOvertime pay improperly denied


    CaseResult
    Home Depot$87.5 million settlement and modification of practices to ensure qualified women were hired & promoted
    IBM$65 million settlement, a record amount in overtime litigation involving IT workers
    FedEx Express$54.9 million settlement in race discrimination class action
    Abercrombie & Fitch$50 million settlement and implementation of program to prevent discrimination
    Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Discrimination$39 million settlement
    United Airlines$36.5 million settlement in gender discrimination class action
    Wal-Mart$35 million settlement plus injunction to prevent wage and hour violations
    Smith Barney$33 million settlement in gender discrimination case
    Tata Workers in America$29.75 million settlement
    Computer Sciences Corporation I$24 million settlement
    Morgan Stanley$16 million settlement
    Consolidated Freightways$13.5 million settlement
    Wells Fargo Overtime$12.8 million settlement in overtime pay class action
    AT&T IT Workers$12.5 million settlement in overtime pay case
    UPS$12 million settlement
    Longs Drugs$11 million settlement
    SBC Communications$10 million settlement
    Perdue Farms$10 million settlement
    CostCo Wholesale Corp.$8 million settlement
    California State Automobile Association$8 million settlement
    Allied Group$8 million settlement
    Farmers' Insurance Exchange$8 million settlement
    Cadence$7.6 million settlement
    Wells Fargo IT Workers$6.72 million settlement
    Inter-Con Security Services$4 million settlement
    Adecco Vacation Pay$3.1 million settlement
    McCormick & Schmick's$2.1 million settlement
    Premera Blue Cross Overtime Pay$1.45 million settlement
    Martin, et al. v. Bohemian ClubClass Action Complaint; Joint Stipulation of Settlement
    Best Buy DiscriminationChanges in personnel policies


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