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
|Computer Sciences Corporation II||Misclassification of IT workers|
|Employee Stock Options||Interference with employee stock option rights|
|Goldman Sachs||Gender discrimination|
|Google Gender Discrimination||Gender discrimination|
|Major League Baseball||Overtime pay|
|Microsoft Gender Discrimination||Gender Discrimination|
|R.J. Reynolds Retirement Plan||Breach of fiduciary duty|
|Sandia National Laboratories Gender Discrimination||Gender discrimination|
|Walgreens Pharmacists||Insufficient rest breaks|
|Tech Worker, Innovator & Entrepreneur Justice||Remedying violations of employment, IP, and antitrust law|
|B-1 Employment Visa Fraud||Violation of visa and employment laws|
|Continuing Sexism in the Tech Industry||Illegal sexism in tech|
|Employee Overtime Pay||Overtime pay improperly denied|
|H1-B and L-1 Tech Workers||Violation of employment laws|
|Infosys B-1 Visa Fraud||Violation of visa and employment laws|
|Indian Tech Industry Workers in America||Violation of employment laws|
|IT Workers Overtime||Overtime pay improperly denied|
|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 Club||Class Action Complaint; Joint Stipulation of Settlement|
|Best Buy Discrimination||Changes in personnel policies|
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