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…]

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…]

Rachel Geman Speaks at National Employment Lawyers Association Spring 2017 Conference

Rachel Geman Speaks at National Employment Lawyers Association Spring 2017 Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman is speaking at the National Employment Lawyers Association Spring 2017 conference, “Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges & Opportunities” in Silver Spring, Maryland. The conference examines cutting-edge developments in the practice of wage and hour law, an area that was in constant change even before facing a federal government actively hostile to the rights of employees. Joining a diverse faculty in examining a wide range of topics, Ms. Geman will speak on the panel, “How to Settle Without ‘Settling.ʼ” [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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He Said What?: Tackling Unprofessional Conduct Towards Women Attorneys

He Said What?: Tackling Unprofessional Conduct Towards Women Attorneys

The Northern District’s Women Attorneys Advocacy Project presented a program on December 6th entitled “He Said What?: Tackling Unprofessional Conduct Towards Women Attorneys.” Lieff Cabraser employment practice group chair Kelly M. Dermody was joined by other leading figures in the Bay Area legal community: District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Paul Grewal of Facebook Inc., and Annette Hurst of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for a roundtable discussion on gender bias and discrimination in the legal realm. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Presents Lawline Seminar on Employment Class Actions

Rachel Geman Presents Lawline Seminar on Employment Class Actions

On December 6, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. PST, Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman will present a Lawline webinar on “Investigating & Litigating Employment Class Actions From The Plaintiffs’ Perspective.” Rachel’s presentation will review these decisions and the applicable law, resistance to compulsory arbitration mandates, and an examination of anti-discrimination/equal pay claims as well as wage and hour claims. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Serving as Panelists at 10th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Serving as Panelists at 10th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Labor and Employment Law will be hosting its 10th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference in Chicago, Illinois from November 9-12, 2016 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel. Lieff Cabraser is a sponsor of this event, and two firm partners will be featured as conference panelists. [Read more…]

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…]

Judge Denies Microsoft’s Attempt to Throw Away Gender Bias Claims

Judge Denies Microsoft’s Attempt to Throw Away Gender Bias Claims

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge James L. Robart has denied Microsoft’s bid to dismiss certain discrimination claims in the lawsuit brought against the tech giant by a group of former and current female technical employees at the company. The employees have accused Microsoft of discriminating against female workers via its “stack ranking” employee evaluation process, which they argue has a disparate and negative impact on women. Last month, Judge Robart criticized Microsoft for not following court orders, in his view improperly prolonging the case because of inaction by the tech company’s legal team. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Named as Finalists in 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers Feature

Lieff Cabraser Named as Finalists in 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers Feature

The National Law Journal has chosen Lieff Cabraser as “Elite Trial Lawyers” Finalists in the categories of Class Action and Employment for 2016. This honorable distinction recognizes “law firms that achieved high-dollar recoveries for clients and that did some of the most creative and significant work on the plaintiffs side.” Only thirty-five firms were selected as finalists, and Lieff Cabraser is one of only three to be chosen as finalists in more than one category. [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…]

Microsoft Legal Team Criticized by Judge in Gender Discrimination Suit

Microsoft Legal Team Criticized by Judge in Gender Discrimination Suit

A federal judge has criticized Microsoft’s lawyers in the gender bias class action lawsuit against the tech giant for not following court orders and thus prolonging the case due to their inaction. The lawsuit arises out of claims by three current and former Microsoft employees who accused the technology company of discriminating against women in technical roles with respect to Microsoft’s pay and promotion practices. [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…]