Kelly Dermody Discusses Sexual Harassment & The Judiciary on ACS Bay Area Panel

Kelly Dermody Discusses Sexual Harassment & The Judiciary on ACS Bay Area Panel

On February 5, 2018, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody spoke on an American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) Bay Area panel titled “Sexual Harassment & The Judiciary: What’s Next After Kozinski?” The event will took place at Lieff Cabraser’s office in San Francisco, California. [Read more…]

Microsoft Acknowledges Gender Imbalance in Tech Industry Even as it Fights Discrimination Claims

Microsoft Acknowledges Gender Imbalance in Tech Industry Even as it Fights Discrimination Claims

In the midst of squaring off against more than 8,600 former and current female employees in a class action lawsuit based on claims of systemic and pervasive discrimination, Microsoft Corp. admits in its filed response to the lawsuit that the company is “keenly aware of gender imbalance in the tech industry.” However, the company goes on to argue that a lawsuit – where the company could face a verdict assigning it significant liability for its actions – is not the right arena in which to address the problem. [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…]

Lieff Cabraser Lawyers Pitch In On ‘Time’s Up,’ New Legal Initiative Created To Combat Sexual Harassment

New Legal Defense Fund Created To Combat Sexual Harassment

300 prominent actresses, female agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives have joined forces to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond in blue-collar workplaces across the nation. The new initiative, called Time’s Up, includes funding for legal representation which will be coordinated and administered by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity. Lawyers interested in joining the NWLC’s Gender Equity effort can sign up here. Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kelly Dermody, Rachel Geman, Anne Shaver, Michelle Lamy, and Tiseme Zegeye have all joined the project in a concerted effort to combat sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse in the workplace. [Read more…]

Seeking an End to Forced Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases

Seeking an End to Forced Arbitration in Sexual Harassment Cases

On December 6, sexual harassment survivor and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson joined several members of Congress in unveiling new legislation restoring the rights of sexual harassment survivors to hold their workplace abusers publicly accountable in court. Although workplace sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, corporations use forced arbitration provisions in employment contracts and handbooks to silence women and cover-up the illegal behavior of abusers. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation aims to restore workers’ rights by putting an end to the abusive practice of forced arbitration in workplace sex discrimination claims and ensuring every survivor of sexual harassment has a chance to fight for justice in court. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in USA Today on Best Steps for Reporting Sexual Harassment

Kelly Dermody Talks to USA Today on Best Steps for Reporting Sexual Harassment

USA Today has published an article on the steps employees should take in the event of experiencing sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace. The piece provides useful information to victims of inappropriate and harmful sexual behavior, and in light of variances between employers, laws, and states, USA Today consulted with lawyers to provide the best possible guidance. [Read more…]

Michelle Lamy Speaks at BASF “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” Seminar

Michelle Lamy Speaks at BASF “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” Seminar

The Bar Association of San Francisco Paralegal Section presents a Continuing Legal Education seminar titled “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Understanding Your Rights in the Age of Tech and Trump” on November 29, 2017 from 12:00pm-1:15pm. Lieff Cabraser paralegal manager Hazel Mottershead will moderate, while attorney Michelle Lamy will be speaking on the panel. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in the New Yorker on The Tech Industry’s Gender Discrimination Problem

Kelly Dermody in the New Yorker on The Tech Industry's Gender Discrimination Problem

The New Yorker has published a lengthy examination of sex and gender discrimination in the tech industry. Amidst multiple new lawsuits including those filed by Lieff Cabraser against companies like Google, the national media and wider conversations are turning more and more to what will hopefully be a watershed time in bringing long-overdue equality to one of the most important and high-value industries in the world. [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…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Featured at 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Featured at 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kelly M. Dermody and Anne B. Shaver will be featured at the American Bar Association’s 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference running from November 8-11, 2017 in Washington DC. On Thursday, November 9th, Ms. Dermody will be co-moderating a panel titled “Meet the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: An Insider’s Perspective,” while on Friday November 9th Ms. Shaver will participate in the panel discussion “Intersectionality and Discrimination Claims Involving Multiple Categories.” [Read more…]

Microsoft Gender Bias Case Seeks Class Action Status for 8,600 New Plaintiffs

Microsoft Gender Bias Case Seeks Class Action Status for 8,600 New Plaintiffs

With co-counsel, Lieff Cabraser represents three female current and former tech professionals suing Microsoft Corp. for gender discrimination who are seeking class action status for their suit to bring in an additional 8,630 female Microsoft workers who have been employed by the company since 2012. [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…]

Kelly Dermody Discusses Pay Disclosure & Transparency at 2017 Transatlantic Employment Law Conference

Kelly Dermody Discusses Pay Disclosure & Transparency at 2017 Transatlantic Employment Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody is speaking today at the Employment Lawyers Association’s (ELA) Fifth Transatlantic Conference in London, England. She will be appearing on the panel “Pay Disclosure and Transparency.” The panel will address transparency, employee pay equity, and the reporting obligations of employers to authorities, shareholders, and the general public. Kelly and the other panelists will discuss these matters from both a UK and US perspective. [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…]

Kelly Dermody Speaks Out on Need for Behavioral Change in the Workplace

Kelly Dermody Speaks Out on Need for Behavioral Change in the Workplace

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody recently spoke as a featured panelist at the 23rd Annual Women in Technology Summit in San Jose, California addressing gender discrimination in tech. The panel, titled “How To Be A Behavioral Change Agent In The Workplace,” discussed issues and strategies involved in working toward a culture of inclusion and diversity in the tech environment to ultimately shatter the “glass ceiling” that constrains women in the professional realm. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Speaks at Women in Tech Conference in San Jose

Gender Discrimination

Gender Discrimination: How to be an Agent of Change in the Workplace

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will be a distinguished featured panelist at the 23rd Annual Women in Technology Summit at Doubletree by Hilton in San Jose, California on June 13, 2017. Ms. Dermody will be presenting on a panel addressing gender discrimination in tech entitled, “How To Be A Behavioral Change Agent In The Workplace.” [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…]