Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Article includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Ann B. Shaver, who represents the plaintiffs in the case

The Register reports that over 8,000 female Microsoft employees have appealed a judge’s decision to deny class certification in a gender lawsuit against the tech giant in which female employees and ex-employees allege pay discrimination and claim that top management at Microsoft knew there was a problem but failed to fix it. [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…]

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Sexual Harassment at Women Judges Conference

Kelly Dermody Women Judges Conference

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Kelly Dermody will speak on the attorney panel at the upcoming National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) “#WETOO in the Legal Workplace” conference in Sacramento, California. The conference will present an exploration of sexual harassment in the legal setting in collaboration with the California Women Lawyers and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. [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…]

Lawdragon Names Five Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers for 2018

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Legal analysis company Lawdragon has published its first annual listing of the 500 “Leading Plaintiff  Employment Lawyers” in America, a list that includes Lieff Cabraser partners Lin Y. Chan, Kelly M. Dermody, Rachel Geman, Daniel M. Hutchinson, and Anne B. Shaver. Introduced as the newest addition to Lawdragon’s acclaimed 500 series, the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers guide includes distinguished attorneys selected over a two year period from a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff, law firm submissions, and other online nominations.  [Read more…]

Asian American Women Hit “Bamboo Glass Ceiling” in the Workplace

Asian American Women Hit “Bamboo Glass Ceiling” in the Workplace

The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are shedding ever increasing light on the disparate treatment of female employees in the workplace. A new report on Silicon Valley from the Ascend Foundation examines Asian-American women in particular, and reveals that though they comprise the largest racial cohort in the industry, Asians are the racial group least likely to be promoted to manager and executive positions. [Read more…]

Labor and Civil Rights Groups Urge Appellate Court to Revive Microsoft Gender Discrimination Class Action

Thousands of Female Microsoft Employees Appeal Judge’s Decision to Deny Class Certification in Microsoft Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

A coalition of 32 labor and civil rights groups has filed an amicus brief urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to restore class action status to the gender discrimination lawsuit brought by female employees of tech giant Microsoft. The group includes the Impact Fund, the National Employment Law Project, the National Women’s Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. [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…]

Recorder Q&A With Kelly Dermody on Employment Cases, Gender Pay Disparities, and the Future

Recorder Q&A With Kelly Dermody on Employment Cases

Law.com’s online journal The Recorder caught up with Lieff Cabraser partner and Chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group Kelly M. Dermody for a substantial and wide-ranging question and answer session published June 1st (subscription). Noting Ms. Dermody’s leadership on equal pay and promotion gender class actions against industry giants like Microsoft, Google, and Goldman Sachs, the publication talked to her about arbitration and class waivers, culture and its shaping of the law, and current progress on gender issues, among other topics. [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…]

Impact Fund Guest Blog – Anne Shaver on “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions”

Impact Fund Guest Blog – Anne Shaver on “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions”

Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver has written a piece for the Impact Fund legal practitioner blog titled “Distinguishing Dukes: Another Victory For Employment Discrimination Class Actions.” The piece looks at the gender discrimination case Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs, No. 10-6950 (S.D.N.Y.), wherein the court recently certified a Rule 23(b)(3) class of female vice presidents and associates who challenge Goldman Sachs’ performance evaluation, compensation, and promotion processes, and explains how the Dukes’ cases limits on class actions don’t apply. [Read more…]

“Supreme Court Deals Blow to Employees Holding Employers Accountable” – Rachel Geman Writes for ACS Blog

“Supreme Court Deals Blow to Employees Holding Employers Accountable” – Rachel Geman Writes for ACS Blog

Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman has written a piece for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) titled “Supreme Court Deals Blow to Employees Hoping to Hold Employers Accountable.” In the piece, Geman challenges the wisdom of the recent 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, where Justice Gorsuch’s majority opinion held that employees’ rights to cooperate in concerted activities under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) does not extend to participation in class and collective actions, substituting unfair forced arbitration for the right to have a case heard in open court. [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…]