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Employment Class Actions

Employment Class Actions

Our attorneys regularly defend complex class, collective and PAGA employment actions. We exclusively handle management-side litigation for small and large employers.

Class actions are operationally disruptive for employers and can be financially devastating. To that end, we recognize the value of early alternative dispute procedures, and, when appropriate, use them effectively to accomplish our clients’ goals of early resolution.

On a daily basis, we collaborate with our clients to develop lawful practices and policies that will withstand challenges in class, collective, and PAGA actions. We also leverage our breadth of knowledge and extensive experience to advise clients effectively on risk management and class action avoidance strategies, such as training and compliance audits tailored to their specific industries. We make it a point to know our clients’ industries, dedicating the resources necessary to understand their particular business practices, find solutions to the daily operational issues they face, and bring to the forefront the implications of any legal claims.

Relevant Experience

  • State wage-and-hour class actions and federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions involving misclassification claims, overtime pay, bonus pay, regular rates of pay, reimbursement claims, and off-the-clock claims, such as donning/doffing claims
  • Meal and rest break class and representative actions that allege CA Labor Code violations and seek multiple penalties, such as wage statement and waiting time penalties
  • Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) representative actions and claims alleging violations of the CA Unfair Competition Law
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions challenging background check forms used by employers
  • Pattern-and-practice class actions alleging discrimination, harassment and equal pay claims brought under the CA Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the CA Labor Code, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), and the Equal Pay Act
  • Class actions challenging reductions-in-force and layoffs under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII and FEHA
  • Civil rights defense under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Titles II and III, the California Disabled Persons Act, the Fair Housing Act, FEHA housing discrimination, the Unruh Act, Title VI, and Title IX
  • Retirement benefits class actions and privacy claims brought under federal and state constitutions


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Diane Marie O'Malley
Diane Marie O'Malley
San Francisco, CA

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