Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): plaintiff in United States
The team of Altshuler Berzon regularly acts for labor unions, workers, other public interest organizations, and public entities in complex disputes. Recent work highlights include filing EEOC and state-level charges on behalf of workers at McDonald’s who are alleging having been sexually harassed at work. Michael Rubin has noteworthy expertise in appellate litigation and class actions. James Finberg specializes in workplace discrimination and wage-and-hour violations. Other names to note are Casey Pitts, Eileen Goldsmith, Barbara Chisholm, Stacey Leyton and Peder Thoreen. Eve Cervantez is the contact for civil rights and discrimination matters. The firm is based in San Francisco.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
The team at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP has a strong track record in class actions in gender and race discrimination, wage-and-hour, and ERISA disputes. Kelly Dermody chairs the firm's employment practice and has notable experience in the fields of pay equity, #MeToo issues, and diversity and inclusion; she and Anne Shaver, both in San Francisco, were involved in filing a gender discrimination class action against Google, alleging that the technology company has paid women less than men who performed substantially equal or similar work in several job families. The team is generally involved in multiple significant gender discrimination suits against Goldman Sachs, Microsoft and KMPG, among others. Further highlighted practitioners are Rachel Geman in New York, Daniel Hutchinson, Lin Chan and Dean Harvey (all in San Francisco). Tiseme Zegeye, Michael Levin-Gesundheit and Michelle Lamy in San Francisco are noted associates.
Outten & Golden LLP
Outten & Golden LLP is widely recognized as one of the market leaders for plaintiff representations. The firm has a substantial class action practice and handles the full spectrum of claims, including harassment and discrimination, wage and overtime, and leaves of absence. Managing partner Adam Klein is experienced in class actions and impact litigation of employment discrimination and wage-and-hour claims. Together with Washington DC's Peter Romer-Friedman, of counsel David Lopez and San Francisco's Jahan Sagafi, Klein represents job seekers and the Communications Workers of America in a suit filed against Amazon, as the company allegedly violates age bias laws by aiming Facebook job ads at younger workers. Cara Greene acts for women in a class action gender bias lawsuit against Goldman Sachs. Former managing partner and founding member Wayne Outten and Tammy Marzigliano jointly lead the firm's whistleblower and retaliation team. Darnley Stewart, Justin Swartz, Juno Turner and Laurence Moy are also highly regarded, as are Ossai Miazad and Wendi Lazar. Sally Abrahamson in Washington DC and Molly Brooks chair the LGBTQ workplace rights practice. Kathleen Peratis and Chicago's Lori Deem are the practice heads of the sex discrimination and sexual harassment group. Rachel Bien is a key contact in San Francisco. Individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC 'provides top-notch service across the board'. The team has a broad practice which covers a variety of employment matters and is led by the 'incredibly knowledgeable' Joseph Sellers. It continues to represent a class of 69,000 female sales employees in a nationwide Title VII and Equal Pay Act dispute against Sterling Jewelers. Associate Shaylyn Cochran and Sellers, on behalf of blind students of BarBri, settled claims against the company for denying them fair and equal access to components of BarBri’s test prep offerings. Chochran is appreciated for always 'looking for new ways to press an important case forward'. Christine Webber, known to be 'strategic and collaborative', is experienced in wage-and-hour collective actions. Besides being active in plaintiffs' employment litigation, Kalpana Kotagal's diversity efforts are particularly noteworthy, and she co-authored the 'inclusion rider', a provision used in actors' and filmmakers' contracts committing to a certain level of diversity on set. Of counsel Michael Hancock's 'US Department of Labor experience brings an incredible depth of knowledge and strategy'. All lawyers are based in Washington DC.
Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho
Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho is well versed in representing plaintiffs in its three core areas: employment discrimination, disability access, and wage-and-hour violations. The Oakland-based group was recently involved in filing a gender discrimination lawsuit against Nike on behalf of a proposed class and collective of female employees that alleges that Nike fails to offer women pay and promotions equal to their male counterparts and fosters a work environment that is hostile to women. The firm further handles civil rights and compliance audits. Of counsel David Borgen has public interest complex litigation experience, while Laura Ho is a specialist in California and federal wage-and-hour class and collective actions. Linda Dardarian focuses on disability rights. Andrew Lee is also noted.
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP
The San Francisco-based law firm Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP is engaged by workers, professionals and senior executives to assist with a variety of employment matters, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, among others. The team advised a former employee of Google - who was fired after posting comments challenging the hostile work environment on the internal social networking forum - on bringing a lawsuit against the company. David Lowe has a strong track record in individual and class action cases. Michelle Lee, Chaya Mandelbaum, John Mullan and Erin Pulaski are noted, as are of counsels Steven Zieff and Alan Exelrod.