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…]
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…]
The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a formal communication to Governor Pat McCrory of the state of North Carolina, informing him that North Carolina has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by engaging in the practice of discrimination against transgender employees. The state withheld full Title VII rights from transgender employees of public agencies by not complying with H.B.2 (in effect since March 23, 2016), which permits restroom access and other facilities consistent with one’s gender identity. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Jason L. Lichtman will be speaking at an American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation Roundtable on April 26, 2016 from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern time. The roundtable will be discussing how statistical evidence establishes classwide liability, using the Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Tyson Foods lawsuit as an example. [Read more…]
Corporate Counsel has published a report titled “Lessons from the EEOC’s Transgender Discrimination Settlement” relating to a recent Minnesota EEOC victory for transgender worker rights. The article [subscription required] notes some simple and yet powerful guidelines for employers anxious about how to handle transgender employees. [Read more…]
Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity is no secret. Major tech companies, such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter have faced repeated pressure to publicly disclose their workforce demographics – the first time such reports were published was 2014. The statistics reinforce the notion of just how much progress needs to be made in order to achieve gender and racial equality in the tech industry.
Lieff Cabraser partner Anne B. Shaver will be speaking at the UC Hastings Law Journal Spring Symposium titled “The Status of Anti-discrimination Law and Litigation in the United States” on February 12, 2016. Along with twenty other panelists practicing in the areas of labor, employment and constitutional law, Ms. Shaver will be discussing the ways that anti-discrimination law has transformed over time.
According to the California Legislature, full-time working women in California lose over $33 billion every year as a result of gender wage disparities. That’s not a misprint — the precise estimate was $33,650,294,544. Nationally, the average gender wage gap stands at 79 cents on the dollar, the Census Bureau reports.
According to The Recorder, “The groundbreaking [High-Tech Antitrust] class action, one of the first to successfully apply antitrust law to employment activity, has ushered in a wave of similar suits targeting California animation studios, North Carolina medical schools, a mixed martial arts promoter and additional tech companies.” [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser Employment Practice Group Chair and San Francisco Office Managing Partner Kelly M. Dermody spoke with Business Insider reporter Julie Bolt on aspects of labor law and the tech world. This was part of a Business Insider report on age discrimination in the tech world, where the publication noted that there’s a “deadline of sorts” that hits workers around age 50. [Read more…]
Scientists studying social media are still trying to understand the factors that can transform a quiet online debate into a raging Twitterstorm — where discussion explodes in size and virulence unpredictably and often near-instantaneously. Such events often have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences; sometimes the sound and fury prompt action. But for women who speak out about sexism, there is often a vicious backlash that can range from insults to threats of violence. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will be speaking at the Plenary Diversity luncheon on Thursday, November 5th at the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The discussion will focus on how racially-charged events in the national spotlight have elevated the need for work cultures that respectfully manage heightened emotions, follow best practices for respectful conversations at work about race relations, and combat stereotyping and implicit bias. The discussion will include partner Luther Wright of Ogletree Deakins and will be moderated by Arkansas Law School Professor Cyndi Nance. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Implicit Bias: Fact or Fiction?” at the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) on July 28, 2015. The panel will examine implicit bias and whether it explains the lack of women in positions of power and leadership in law firms and corporations. The discussion is presented by BASF’s No Glass Ceiling Task Force. BASF Executive Director Yolanda Jackson will moderate.
Today Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Transgender Law Center announced a groundbreaking decision in the case Lusardi v. McHugh, pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces U.S. laws against workplace discrimination.
On March 10, 2015, Kelly M. Dermody, the managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office and chair of the firm’s employment practice group, served as the keynote speaker at a celebration of Women’s History Month by the Command Headquarters of the Naval Supply Systems (NAVSUP) in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP provides U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services.