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…]
Over the past five years, only 16.5% of lead attorney spots have gone to female lawyers in the still largely male-dominated realm of multidistrict litigation (MDLs). In spite of the progress women have made in the law generally, and some growth in MDL leadership positions, female lawyers are still outnumbered 3 to 1 in MDLs by their male counterparts, reports Law360. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
We have a big problem in the United States. In spite of women making up more than half of the U.S. population, less than a third hold positions in elected offices. On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Emerge America invites you to join the organization’s annual conference and luncheon entitled “Ambition to Action: Celebrating a Historic Year for Women in Politics” in San Francisco, California at the Merchants Exchange Building. [Read more…]
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…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Lin Y. Chan will be moderating a panel at the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) 2016 Symposium: Workers in the New Tech Economy on February 26, 2016 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. The symposium will focus on whether today’s tech centered economy exploits workers, requires new organizing tactics, discriminates, disrupts worker protections, and provides flexibility and autonomy. [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…]
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.
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 attorney Rachel Geman will be speaking on a distinguished panel at the New York City Conference on Representing Employees, hosted by the National Employment Lawyers Association/New York, on May 15, 2015. Geman will be discussing the topic of "Gender Pay Disparities: Enforcement, Litigation and Remedies."
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.