Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Orrick’s Global Employment lawyers have defended hundreds of employment discrimination actions and administrative charges brought under federal and state discrimination, harassment and retaliation theories. Our abilities to help clients evaluate strategies and options are backed by solid skills in the courtroom. Orrick employment lawyers have extensive experience with high-profile cases, including significant civil actions, private class actions and EEOC pattern-and-practice investigations. The Orrick experience adds real value to clients trying to resolve difficult high-exposure claims. Our lawyers achieve positive outcomes for our clients at all stages of a matter - whether through success at a motion to dismiss, class certification, trial, appeal or settlement.

Our team is one of the most highly rated practices handling Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and U.S. Department of Labor cases, and our focus is on early assessment, audit and prevention of claims where possible. Our strength is in assessing, resolving, or, if necessary, successfully litigating systemic cases both in court and before federal agencies.

Orrick employment lawyers offer practical advice and expertise to help our clients choose the best options for meeting their legal obligations in this changing area of the law by:

  • advising on audits
  • reviewing employment policies and handbooks
  • creating training materials for HR, legal and decision-makers
  • advising on data retention policies

Given our expertise in this area, Orrick is often asked to draft amicus briefing on significant issues, including Dukes v. Wal-Mart and Reid v. Google.

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