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…]

Kelly Dermody in The Daily Journal: Google Gender Discrimination Case Sheds Light on Industry-Wide Problems

Kelly Dermody in The Daily Journal: Google Gender Discrimination Case Sheds Light on Industry-Wide Problems

Widespread media attention has focused on the recently-filed Google gender discrimination lawsuit, which alleges that tech giant Google has engaged in multiple pay and promotion violations, as well as the illegal occupational segregation of female employees in California. [Read more…]

Anne Shaver Speaks with Business Insider About Workplace Barriers Faced by Women and Class Action Gender Discrimination Lawsuits

Anne Shaver Speaks with Business Insider About Workplace Barriers Faced by Women and Class Action Gender Discrimination Lawsuits

The proliferation of high-profile tech industry gender discrimination class action lawsuits, including those against Twitter and Microsoft has led to increased awareness of the problem as well as speculation on how to actually end gender discrimination in tech. [Read more…]

Vast Majority of Silicon Valley Sexual Harassment Cases Buried in Shadows of Legal Clauses

Vast Majority of Silicon Valley Sexual Harassment Cases Buried in Shadows of Legal Clauses

Numerous scandals over Silicon Valley workplace misconduct have unfolded recently, particularly with regard to gender discrimination. Although more and more women are coming forward with allegations relating to what is reported to be rampant sexual harassment in the high-tech work environment, there persistent employment and contract policies that work to prevent aggrieved employees from speaking up and taking a stand. [Read more…]

Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In

Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In

The use of noncompete clauses in employment contracts has grown enormously. Designed to prevent employees from leaving for a competitor, noncompete agreements also work to bind employees to one company, ultimately making it more difficult for them to get ahead. As noted by the New York Times, this reflects “a broad shift in which companies assert ownership over work experience as well as work,” and the paper further notes that employment lawyers see noncompete agreement usage “exploding.” [Read more…]

Landmark Federal Appeals Court Decision Holds Employee Sex Discrimination Violates Civil Rights Act

Landmark Federal Appeals Court Decision Holds Employee Sex Discrimination Violates Civil Rights Act

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act. This ruling is a landmark victory for gay rights advocates who have been pushing to expand workplace protections for years. [Read more…]

New Employment Law Case May Cause Employees to Lose Class Action Rights

New Employment Law Case May Cause Employees to Lose Class Action Rights

A new employment law case facing review by the U.S. Supreme Court may have a massive impact on employees’ class action rights. Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris raises the fundamental question of whether a business can prohibit its employees from using collective legal action to challenge improper workplace issues such as unpaid wages and discrimination. [Read more…]

Sexual Misconduct Often Ignored in Silicon Valley Startups

Sexual Misconduct Often Ignored in Silicon Valley Startups

In the wake of a former Uber employee’s revelations of sexual harassment that the ride-sharing giant purportedly ignored, a recent survey conducted by Elephant in the Valley indicated that 60% of female tech employees reported unwanted sexual advances at the workplace, with 1 in 3 feeling afraid of their personal safety because of work-related circumstances. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in LA Times on Emerging Sexual Harassment Claims Against Uber

Kelly Dermody in LA Times on Emerging Sexual Harassment Claims Against Uber

On February 19th, a former Uber employee alleged on her personal blog that she had been sexually harassed while working at the ride-sharing company. The former tech employee stated that when she reported the situation to HR and upper management, they didn’t do anything to handle the offense, noting that even though it was clearly sexual harassment, “it was this man’s first offense” and since he was a “high performer” in the company’s eyes they wouldn’t feel comfortable punishing him for what was “probably just an innocent mistake on his part.” [Read more…]

Gender Pay Discrimination: Lieff Cabraser Employment Lawyer Anne Shaver Talks to Glamour Magazine

Gender Pay Discrimination: Lieff Cabraser Employment Lawyer Anne Shaver Talks to Glamour Magazine

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act (EPA), it is illegal for an employer to pay female employees less than their male counterparts doing the same job tasks and responsibilities. Despite significant advances with regard to women’s rights, there are still many female employees who do not receive equal compensation in the workplace. This is the widespread gender pay gap facing women today. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Looks Ahead to EEOC Under Trump In Q&A with Bloomberg BNA

Rachel Geman Looks Ahead to EEOC Under Trump In Q&A with Bloomberg BNA

Bloomberg BNA spoke with Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman for a Q&A on upcoming cases involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and anticipated employment law enforcement under President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration.

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Kelly Dermody Discusses Trend Toward More Pay Equity Lawsuits By Professional Women with NY Law Journal

Kelly Dermody Discusses Trend Toward More Pay Equity Lawsuits By Professional Women with NY Law Journal

Pay Equity Class Actions Increase in Number As Professional Women Voice Their Gender Bias Concerns

Women are fed up with a work environment where they routinely get less compensation and fewer promotions than men, and they are taking a stand. A legal stand. The ongoing increase in awareness around the disparity between male and female salaries, bonuses, stock options and promotion opportunities is seen as one of the primary forces behind the spread of lawsuits filed by aggrieved women seeking equality and fair treatment in the workplace. [Read more…]

Dean Harvey Comments on Netflix Poaching Lawsuit

Dean Harvey Comments on Netflix Poaching Lawsuit

The Hollywood Reporter reports that 21st Century Fox has sued streaming video company Netflix in Los Angeles Superior Court for improperly poaching its employees. In the lawsuit, the film and television studio claimed that Netflix ran a “brazen campaign to unlawfully target, recruit, and poach valuable Fox executives by illegally inducing them to break their employment contracts with Fox to work at Netflix.” [Read more…]

Leaked Emails Describe Toxic, Sexist Workplace at Apple Inc.

Leaked Emails Describe Toxic, Sexist Workplace at Apple Inc.

Major tech giant Apple Inc. has come under scrutiny for leaked emails, which describe a toxic, hostile, and sexist workplace. Incidences of gender discrimination, sexual assault, and harassment are not uncommon in a company’s culture, especially when it comes to the technology sector. The Cupertino-based multinational consumer company is not the only place where employees have reported this type of work environment. [Read more…]

Wage Theft May Be America’s Biggest Crime Wave

Wage Theft May Be America’s Biggest Crime Wave

In the year 2012, federal and state agencies recovered $933 million for wage theft victims. Research conducted by the Economic Policy Institute estimated that workers in America lose $20 to $50 billion annually to employers who are not paying workers what they’re legally owed. That’s not a misprint. Wage theft can come in many different forms — not paying employees the federal, state, or local minimum wage, failing to pay overtime, or the dismissal of job promotions. [Read more…]

Jason Lichtman Provides Commentary on Aftermath of Tyson Foods Ruling

Jason Lichtman Provides Commentary on Aftermath of Tyson Foods Ruling

Lieff Cabraser partner Jason L. Lichtman spoke with Bloomberg BNA for the article “Aggressive Challenges to Experts Expected After Tyson Foods” on the impact the Tyson Foods ruling will have on future court cases. Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo was brought by low-wage workers at a Tyson Foods pork-processing plant seeking pay for their considerable time spent putting on and taking off protective work attire and equipment (“donning and doffing”). [Read more…]