Jessica R. Perry leads the firm’s Litigation practices worldwide. As an employment partner, she represents industry leaders in tech, retail and financial services in their most significant class, collective, representative and multi-plaintiff actions under state and federal laws.
Jessica’s discrimination, harassment and retaliation practice focuses largely on representing employers facing claims of discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender, race, religion, disability and age, and other protected categories. Most recently, Jessica represented Microsoft in defeating class certification of a purported nationwide gender discrimination action involving women in technical roles. She also defeated class certification of a purported class action against Twitter alleging gender discrimination in promotions for software engineers. The American Lawyer named Jessica as "Litigator of the Week" for these victories. Earlier this year Jessica tried and won a defense judgment of claims of religious discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. Jessica defended Kleiner Perkins in obtaining a complete defense verdict in Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case, recognized as a 2016 ‘Top Verdict’ by the Daily Journal. Jessica also regularly handles pay equity matters.
Jessica leads a number of significant wage-and-hour class action matters, focusing on overtime, minimum wage, vacation and personal days, meal and rest break penalties, reporting time wages, expense reimbursements, waiting-time penalties, Private Attorney General Act penalties and work uniform violations. In addition, she also has experience advising companies in the emerging sharing and gig economy on strategic business decisions including the classification of those providing services.
Jessica has also successfully represented clients involved in investigations and audits by the Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and assists in the development of compensation policies and measures designed to reduce potential exposure.
Jessica is also an expert in generational workplace issues and frequently speaks on employment engagement in a multi-generational workforce.