Kelly M. Dermody Comments on New Federal Paycheck Fairness Act

Kelly Dermody Comments on New Federal Paycheck Fairness Act

As reported in the Daily Journal (subscription), on Wednesday March 27, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new bill called the federal Paycheck Fairness Act, aimed at giving mistreated employees more effective tools to assert their rights by expanding sex discrimination class actions, damages assessments therein, and company reporting requirements. [Read more…]

Channel 4 News Anchor Demetria Kalodimos Files Lawsuit Challenging Culture of Gender Bias and Age Discrimination at Station

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Lawsuit alleges gender and age discrimination, a hostile workplace, retaliation, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, and unlawful restraint of trade, and seeks injunctive relief as well as front pay, back pay, and exemplary and punitive damages

The national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein announces the filing of a gender and age discrimination employment lawsuit in federal district court in Nashville on behalf of “Face of Channel 4” news anchor Demetria Kalodimos against Meredith Corporation d/b/a WSMV Channel 4 (NBC). [Read more…]

KPMG Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Plaintiffs File for Class Certification

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Plaintiffs Allege Widespread Gender Disparities in Pay, Promotion Within Sexist Culture

Attorneys from Lieff Cabraser and Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 27th seeking class certification in a long-running lawsuit to challenge gender disparities in pay and promotion on behalf of female Advisory and Tax professionals at KPMG. The Court held a hearing on the motion, not previously filed on the public docket, in August, and the parties await a decision. [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…]

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

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

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Judge Issues Order Certifying Class in Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Class Action

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Case Moves Forward

On March 30, 2018, District Court Judge Analisa Torres issued an order certifying the plaintiff class under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 23(b)(3). In doing so, Judge Torres overruled Goldman Sachs’ arguments that the class did not satisfy the commonality, typicality, and adequacy requirements of Rule 23(b)(3), finding instead that the plaintiffs did indeed satisfy the Rule’s requirements. [Read more…]

Google Can’t Escape Women’s Claims of Pay Disparities, Gender Discrimination

Google Can't Escape Women's Claims of Pay Disparities, Gender Discrimination

Judge denies tech giant’s attempts to reduce size of proposed class in case over discrimination in salary and promotions for women

As reported in the Recorder (subscription) and the California Daily Journal (subscription), on Tuesday March 27th Judge Mary E. Wiss of the Superior Court of California issued an order permitting the pay equity class ation to proceed against Google. Judge Wiss found that plaintiffs’ classwide allegations were sufficient to survive Google’s attempts to have them stricken from the class action complaint. [Read more…]

Microsoft Gender Case Highlights HR-Employee Workplace Tensions

HR-Employee Workplace Tensions

As the #metoo movement gains ground amidst what seems like weekly if not daily announcements of new offenses and improper conduct by high-ranked officials and executives at companies across the country, Fortune begins a canvass of the field and the rampant challenges workers face in attempting to hold companies accountable for discrimination, toxic cultures, and individual manager and co-worker offenses by focusing on the issues facing one noteworthy tech giant: “Microsoft has a woman problem….” [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…]

Documents Unsealed in Microsoft Gender Class Action Highlight Failing Struggle to Combat Sex Discrimination

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Docs shed new light on the company’s struggle to deal with reports of harassment and on internal debates over whether women are treated fairly in pay, promotions

The discovery and document review process in Lieff Cabraser’s ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft has led to the release of a trove of internal files providing detailed information on harassment reports within Microsoft, as well as the company’s actions in responding to such reports. Unsettlingly, the data includes an intern’s rape complaints that, despite formal police reports and a “prompt internal investigation,” led to the intern being required to keep working alongside her alleged rapist or lose a coveted position at the company. [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 and Sandia National Labs, 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…]

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…]