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…]

Kelly Dermody Joins Attorney Client Privilege Task Force of ABA Section of Litigation

Kelly Dermody Joins Attorney Client Privilege Task Force of ABA Section of Litigation

Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody has joined the Attorney Client Privilege Task Force of the American Bar Association for 2017-2018. The Privilege Task Force is part of the ABA’s Section of Litigation, the largest section of the American Bar Association. The news comes out of the ABA’s annual meeting August 10-12 in New York City, where the Section of Litigation is discussing initiatives and plans for 2017-2018. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Post-Election Solidarity at Lavender Law Conference

Kelly Dermody Speaks on Post-Election Solidarity at Lavender Law Conference

Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody spoke as a distinguished panelist at the 29th Annual Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair from August 2-4, 2017 in San Francisco. Ms. Dermody was featured on August 2nd at the panel on “Post-Election Solidarity: Lawyering and Building Alliances Across Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Immigration Status and Practice Areas.” [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…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers

Legal magazine Lawdragon has published its annual listing of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America,” which includes Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody. Selected from a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff, law firm submissions, and other online nominations, the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers list is a mark of distinction in the legal profession across a wide range of practice areas. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody in CIO on Ageism in Information Technology

Age Discrimination in Tech

Online magazine CIO has published a broad analysis of the current state of age discrimination in information technology. Recognizing that ageism in the info-tech field is widespread, the publication notes that age-based discrimination has become a central issue in an industry whose leaders commonly express a preference for younger workers. Social and economic factors come into play as well, as promotion and hiring decisions are often affected by presumptions that older employees are less conversant with new tech, or the idea that younger workers are less willing to demand time off and typically ask for lower salaries. [Read more…]

Daily Journal Honors Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody as Top Women Lawyers for 2017

Daily Journal Honors Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody as Top Women Lawyers for 2017

The Daily Journal (subscription) has published its annual listing of Top Women Lawyers in California, which includes Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody. The awards recognize leading female attorneys who are actively involved in cutting-edge work in litigation, regulation, and corporate transactions with the most influential impact across the legal field. [Read more…]

American Progressives Band Together For Resistance In The Trump Era

American Progressives Band Together For Resistance In The Trump Era

As many as five million people nationwide attended the Women’s March on January 21. The following week, 175,000 individuals showed up at airports and public squares protesting the Muslim travel ban, with 50,000 more standing forth in other similar protests by early March. Around 150,000 people are regularly attending their congressional representatives’ town halls or appearing at “Resist Trump” Tuesday events. [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 Law360 on Gender Bias Challenges Facing Uber and Other High Tech Companies

High Tech Gender Discrimination

Law360 (subscription) gives high-tech gender bias a new close look through the lens of Uber’s recent widely-reported fair treatment failure with regard to one high-profile female engineer. Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly Dermody, head of the firm’s Employment Discrimination practice group and managing partner of the San Francisco office, spoke with the publication about challenges facing companies, particularly tech companies, when Human Resources departments are given second-class status. [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…]

How Lawyers Can Be Good Allies: A Strategic Engagement Conference

Kelly Dermody, Lieff Cabraser partner

[Guest Post to the California Civil Rights Coalition website by Kelly Dermody, Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office and chair of the firm’s Employment practice group]

“Around 4:00 a.m. on November 9, I knew something fundamentally had changed. Our civic institutions, impartial judiciary, fair elections, and rule of law had been openly mocked and undermined. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

U.S. Department of Labor Found Evidence of Microsoft Gender Bias

U.S. Department of Labor Found Evidence of Microsoft Gender Bias

As reported by the Seattle Times, investigators at the U.S. Labor Department alerted Microsoft in mid-2016 that they “had found preliminary evidence of gender-based discrimination at the company,” a revelation that was made in documents filed in the current lawsuit Lieff Cabraser and Outten & Golden against the company for systemic gender discrimination relating to pay and promotions. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody Make the Lawdragon 500 for 2016

Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody Lawdragon 500 for 2016

In a year where one-third of the list is comprised of women lawyers, we are delighted to report that Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody have once again been selected for the Lawdragon 500, the “Leading Lawyers in America” for 2016. Following up on her “Legends” distinction in last year’s 10th anniversary listing, Elizabeth scores her 11th consecutive placement on Lawdragon’s list, while Kelly’s 2016 nod brings her total to 8. Congratulations, Elizabeth and Kelly! [Read more…]