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…]

Daily Journal Selects Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody as 2016 Top Women Lawyers

Daily Journal Selects Elizabeth Cabraser and Kelly Dermody as 2016 Top Women Lawyers

Legal publication The Daily Journal has published its annual list of Top Women Lawyers, including Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Kelly M. Dermody. The publication recognizes 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…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Speak at 2016 Northern District of California Judicial Conference

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Speak at 2016 Northern District of California Judicial Conference

On an annual basis, federal judges of the U.S. Northern District of California hold a conference to discuss matters relating to the improvement of the administration of justice within the district. This year, Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kelly M. Dermody and Brendan P. Glackin will be participating in the Northern District of California 2016 Judicial Conference from April 8-10, 2016 in Napa Valley, California. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody Discusses Female Roles as First Chairs at Trial

Female Roles as First Chairs at Trial

Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody will be featured as a distinguished panelist at the Equal Rights Advocates program titled “First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table” on April 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The panel will be speaking on the participation and role of female lawyers as lead counsel and trial counsel in litigation. In litigation, few women take the lead in the courtroom – this program discusses why this is the case and what can be done to advance the leadership roles of female attorneys at trial. [Read more…]

California Rural Legal Assistance Receives Cy Pres Award to Help Low-Income Communities

California Rural Legal Assistance Receives Cy Pres Award to Help Low-Income Communities

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) has received a cy pres award of $800,000 to help with their mission in aiding low-income individuals, families, and communities in rural California. Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly Dermody and Eric Gibbs of Girard Gibbs LLP nominated the nonprofit legal service program for this award. [Read more…]

Justice & Diversity Center Receives Largest Cy Pres Award in Its History

Justice & Diversity Center Receives Largest Cy Pres Award in Its History

The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) has received the largest cy pres award in its history. JDC received $800,000 as part of the conclusion of a settlement of multiple cases filed in California Superior Courts against Providian Financial Corporation. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys at National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys at National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kelly M. Dermody, Anne B. Shaver, and Rachel Geman will be presenting at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law from March 30-April 2, 2016 at the J.W. Marriott in Austin, Texas. The event will focus on trial practice issues and current legal and policy developments relating to equal employment opportunity and workplace claims. Featured panelists will provide different points of view from the sides of plaintiffs, management, union, the judiciary, and government counsel. [Read more…]

Lasting Effects of the Silicon Valley No-Poach Case Spread

High-Tech No Poach Case

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…]

Lawdragon 500 Recognizes Kelly Dermody and Elizabeth Cabraser

Kelly Dermody Elizabeth Cabraser Recognized by Lawdragon

Legal magazine Lawdragon has published its annual listing of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America,” including Lieff Cabraser’s Kelly Dermody and Elizabeth J. Cabraser. Ms. Cabraser is also highlighted in “The Legends,” a special section “recognizing the 50 lawyers who have made the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America each year it has been published.”

Business Insider Zeroes in on Age Discrimination in Tech

Kelly Dermody Comments on Ageism in Tech

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…]

Kelly Dermody to Speak at ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Plenary Diversity Luncheon

Kelly Dermody ABA Plenary Diversity Luncheon

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…]

Kelly Dermody to be Inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Kelly M. Dermody to be Inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

On Saturday November 7th, Lieff Cabraser partner Kelly M. Dermody will be inducted into the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Founded in 1995, the College honors the leading practitioners of labor and employment law with at least 20 years’ experience in the field. [Read more…]

Kelly Dermody to Discuss Impact of Implicit Bias on Professional Women

Kelly Dermody to Discuss Impact of Implicit Bias on Professional Women

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.

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