About the Law Firms
Representing plaintiffs are Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Outten & Golden LLP. These firms also represented female Financial Advisors in separate gender discrimination cases against financial services firms Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney. Settlements in both cases provided significant monetary relief and practice changes.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP: Lieff Cabraser is one of the country’s largest and most successful firms exclusively representing plaintiffs in civil litigation, having secured verdicts or settlements worth over $127 billion for clients nationwide. With 120 attorneys, the firm has led some of the most significant litigation of the last decade, including the VW clean diesel emissions case, which resulted in over $15 billion for VW owners (In re: Volkswagen ‘Clean Diesel’ Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2672 (Northern District of California federal court)); and the high-tech cold-calling wage conspiracy case alleging an agreement among prominent technology companies to not poach each other’s employees, which resulted in settlements totaling $435 million (In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, 11-cv-2509-LJK (Northern District of California federal court)). Lieff Cabraser is currently class counsel in the gender pay equity class action, Ellis v. Google LLC, No. CGC-17-561299, which recently settled for $118 million. Lieff Cabraser represents employees in all variety of class, collective, and #metoo actions. The Lieff Cabraser team includes Kelly M. Dermody, Anne B. Shaver, Rachel J. Geman, Michael Levin-Gesundheit, Michael A. Lamy, and Jessica A. Moldovan. For more information: https://www.lieffcabraser.com/employment/.
Outten & Golden LLP: Outten & Golden LLP focuses on advising and representing individuals in employment, partnership, and related workplace matters both domestically and internationally. The firm counsels individuals on employment and severance agreements; handles complex compensation and benefits issues (including bonuses, equity agreements, and partnership interests); and advises professionals (including doctors and lawyers) on contractual issues. It also represents employees with a wide variety of claims, including discrimination and harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, disability, national origin, religion, and age, as well as retaliation, whistleblower, and contract claims. The firm handles class actions involving a wide range of employment issues, including economic exploitation, gender- and race-based discrimination, wage-and-hour violations, violations of the WARN Act, and other systemic workers’ rights issues. Outten & Golden has nine practice groups: Executives & Professionals, Financial Services, Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination, Family Responsibilities & Disabilities Discrimination, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Workplace Rights, Discrimination & Retaliation, Whistleblower Retaliation, Class & Collective Actions, and WARN Act. Outten & Golden has offices in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The Outten & Golden team includes Adam T. Klein, Cara E. Greene, Christopher McNerney, Michael C. Danna, and Sabine Jean. For more information: https://www.outtengolden.com/.