Kelly Dermody Comments on National Effort to Collect Company Pay Data

Kelly Dermody Comments on National Effort to Collect Company Pay Data

As reported in Bloomberg Law, the U.S. government is now collecting detailed race and gender pay data from thousands of companies in an effort to eliminate wage discrimination in the workplace. [Read more…]

Lawmakers Advance FAIR Act Bill Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

Lawmakers Pass FAIR Act Bill Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to send the FAIR Act (a bill to end forced arbitration) to the House floor for a vote. The vote on the bill is expected to take place as early as next week. [Read more…]

Daily Journal Recognizes Kelly Dermody & Anne Shaver as 2019 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

Daily Journal Recognizes Kelly Dermody & Anne Shaver as 2019 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 2019. This is Anne’s second time receiving the award, while Kelly’s joins the list for the seventh time since 2011. [Read more…]

American Antitrust Institute Pens Letter of Opposition to Department of Justice Over DOJ’s “Misguided” Approach Toward Fast Food Franchise No-Poach Employee Restriction Agreements

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On Thursday May 2, 2019 the American Antitrust Institute submitted a thirteen-page letter to the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice expressing concerns that the DOJ’s recent Statement of Interest relating to fast food franchise employee “no-poach” cases “threatens to lead district courts astray and discourage antitrust challenges to patently anticompetitive labor-market restraints that exploit the most vulnerable workers in the franchise sector.” The Antitrust Institute, along with many other employee rights organizations and advocates, contends that the practice of restricting employees from moving from one store to another within the same franchise violates antitrust laws and causes workers’ wages to be lower than they would otherwise be if not limited by the resulting reductions in career mobility and advancement. [Read more…]

Google Employees Push for Legislation to End Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

Google employees are organizing a phone drive that will take place on Wednesday, May 1st to press lawmakers into supporting The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (“FAIR”) Act. The FAIR Act is an initiative recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives seeking to end the use of arbitration agreements in employment contracts so as to sidestep public trials. Widely used across many industries, these clauses are inserted into workers’ contracts more and more frequently to require that the workers waive their right to sue their employers in a real and public court. Instead, employee complaints are funneled into a private legal system, where employers (who fund the system) are viewed as having the upper hand in the settling of job-related disputes. [Read more…]

American Association for Justice Releases Video in Support of FAIR Act Aimed at Eliminating Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts

American Association for Justice Releases Video in Support of FAIR Act

Early this year, democratic lawmakers announced a new bill aimed at ending the practice of forced arbitration in employment contracts. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (“FAIR”) Act seeks to end the use of mandatory arbitration clauses, which are often inserted into workers’ contracts to require that they waive their right to sue their employers in a real court. With their right to sue waived, employees complaints instead are directed to a private system funded by employers where employers are seen to gain the upper hand in job-related disputes. [Read more…]

Lawmakers Announce New ‘FAIR Act’ Bill to End Forced Arbitration

Lawmakers Announce New ‘Fair Act’ Bill to End Forced Arbitration

Democratic lawmakers today announced a new bill aimed at ending the practice of forced arbitration in employment contracts. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal, or FAIR Act, seeks to end the use of mandatory arbitration clauses, which are often inserted into workers contracts to require that employees waive their right to sue their employers. With the right to sue waived, employee complaints instead can only go through a private system where employers are automatically given the upper hand in disputes. [Read more…]

HR Dive: How employers can correct course on pay equity

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New piece by columnist Ryan Golden of HR Dive includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser Employment Law attorney Kelly Dermody

During the recent annual conference for the Labor and Employment Law section of the American Bar Association (ABA), key members conducted a panel discussing recommendations for employers tackling pay equity. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Set to Review Mandatory Arbitration in the Employment Context

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Court will rule on cases involving workers’ rights to sue their employers in court

As reported by the Wall Street Journal the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to make rulings in three cases that involve workers’ rights to sue their employers. The fundamental question is whether employment contracts can allow employers to force workers to bargain away their rights to sue in court over employment disputes. [Read more…]

The Working Mom Struggle on Balancing Family Life and Workplace Demands

The Working Mom Struggle on Balancing Family Life and Workplace Demands

Wired op-ed reveals how even cutting-edge internet giants don’t do much to facilitate motherhood in the workplace

Among developed countries, only the U.S. fails to mandate paid maternity leave. And at companies that do provide paid parental leave, even multi-billion tech giants like Facebook, the maximum seems to be four months. Wired magazine’s just-published opinion piece, “Why It’s So Hard to Be a Working Mom. Even at Facebook,” addresses the limits on paid maternity leave, and how women struggle to handle the balance of motherhood and workplace demands when even the most modern of companies don’t support a true mix of being a full-time worker and being a mom. [Read more…]

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Approaches Trial

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Approaches Trial

After 13 years and more than 580 docket entries, the gender discrimination case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is moving ever closer to trial. Four women who previously worked for the global investment banking giant accused the company of workplace discrimination and gender bias, with the result of systematically denying women career opportunities they deserved. [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…]

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…]

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

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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…]

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…]

U.S. Law Firms Setting the Standard for LGBTQ Workplace Equality and Inclusion

U.S. Law Firms Setting the Standard for LGBTQ Workplace Equality and Inclusion

Nearly 80% of law firms in the United States have earned top scores and are setting a new standard for LGBTQ workplace equality and inclusion, announced the Human Rights Campaign (“HRC”). The legal field has earned the highest rate of any industry, scoring almost perfectly on the equality benchmark with top-tier inclusion efforts. [Read more…]