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    • David Borgen - Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho
    • Eve Cervantez - Altshuler Berzon
    • James Finberg - Altshuler Berzon
    • David Lowe - Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP
    • Michael Rubin - Altshuler Berzon

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Headline work for San Francisco-based firm Altshuler Berzon includes handling separate class actions against Oracle and Google under the California Equal Pay Act, alleging that women employed in technology and technology support positions were paid less than men with similar qualifications performing similar work. Michael Rubin led on California state law class actions brought on behalf of restaurant crew members employed by McDonald’s fast food outlets, alleging numerous violations of California employment law and seeking to establish McDonald’s corporate liability on joint employer and other theories. Recommended names include James Finberg, who represents employees in class and collective actions involving workplace discrimination and wage and hour violation cases; P. Casey Pitts, who represents workers, labor unions, consumers and public interest organizations; and Eve Cervantez, who handles civil rights, employment discrimination, wage and hour and privacy cases. Eileen Goldsmith, Barbara Chisholm, Stacey Leyton and Peder Thoreen are also noted and Eric Brown and Matthew Murray were recently promoted to partner.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP handles a range of high-profile employment class action lawsuits in the retail, medical, insurance, technology, banking, financial services and national security sectors. Headline work included bringing a gender discrimination class action against Google, and a gender discrimination class action on behalf of current and former female employees of defense contractor Sandia National Laboratories. It also brought a class action lawsuit challenging wage suppression by Duke University and officials at the University of North Carolina. Department head Kelly Dermody, Anne Shaver, Daniel Hutchinson, Dean Harvey and Lin Chan in San Francisco, and Rachel Geman in New York are key contacts.

Outten & Golden LLP is recognized for its class and collective litigation experience.

Head of the San Francisco office Jahan Sagafi was granted class certification in a case brought on behalf of allegedly misclassified systems administrators. Managing partner Wayne Outten, who co-chairs the executives and professionals whistleblower retaliation practice, and Darnley Stewart, who co-chairs the discrimination and retaliation practice group and co-chairs the LGBTQ workplace rights group, represented a senior executive, who was involuntarily retired, in arbitration. Deputy managing partner Adam Klein and Justin Swartz head the class action litigation team with Rachel Bien in Los Angeles. Counsel Peter Romer-Friedman in Washington DC secured two USERRA class action settlements in 2017. Romer-Friedman also worked alongside Juno Turner in New York and secured a settlement on behalf of a class of several thousand Walmart associates that were denied health insurance benefits for their same-sex spouses. Laurence Moy, Tammy Marzigliano and Cara Greene lead the individual litigation team. Ossai Miazad, Wendi Lazar, Katherine Blostein and Kathleen Peratis, who chairs the sexual harassment practice, Melissa Pierre-Louis and Molly Brooks are recommended, as are Lori Deem in Chicago and David Lopez in Washington DC. Sally Abrahamson (Washington DC), Melissa Lardo Stewart and Gregory Chiarello were recently promoted to partner. Individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is ‘one of the top plaintiff-side litigation firms in the country’ and handles a range of class and collective actions relating to discrimination and wage and hour disputes. ‘Smart litigator’ Joseph Sellers, who chairs the civil rights and employment group, is representing a class of approximately 69,000 female sales employees nationwide in a Title VII and Equal Pay Act case against Sterling Jewelers. Sellers is also representing Walmart employees in several regional class cases for sex discrimination in relation to pay and promotions. Representing McDonald’s crewmembers in several wage and hour class action lawsuits asserting that the McDonald’s regularly fails to pay workers for all the hours they work by denying them legally mandated meal and rest breaks is another highlight. Christine Webber, who is a ‘tenacious and passionate litigator’, and Kalpana Kotagal are key members of the team. Named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho in Oakland is known for its class action experience and is representing five licensed paramedics in a gender discrimination case against the City of Chicago; the plaintiffs were denied employment as paramedics because they did not pass a physical abilities test. It also won a class certification on behalf of truck drivers alleging that US Xpress’s mileage-based compensation system violates California minimum wage laws. Of counsel David Borgen, Laura Ho, who handles California and federal wage and hour class and collective actions, William Jhaveri-Weeks, who handles public interest class actions, Andrew Lee and James Kan are key contacts.

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP in San Francisco is experienced in class action cases and is active across harassment, discrimination and whistleblower claims, in addition to employment transition and severance negotiations. It secured approval of a class action settlement on behalf of safety attendants, laborers and helpers working at California oil refineries. Chaya Mandelbaum, John Mullan and David Lowe are noted, as are of counsels Alan Exelrod and Steven Zieff. Erin Pulaski and Michelle Lee have been promoted to partner.

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