ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law
Speaking Engagement | March.25.2020 - March.28.2020 | 8am - 9pm (Pacific Daylight Time)Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA
Orrick’s Erin Connell and Mike Weil will serve as speakers at this year’s annual conference on equal employment opportunity law taking place in Carlsbad, CA from March 25-28. Erin, who serves as Employer Co-Chair and Planning Committee Co-Chair for this year’s conference, will lead a management and defense lawyer-focused discussion, while Mike discusses Employee Mobility and Advanced Restrictive Covenant Issues in a separate discussion
The National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law is presented by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law. The program will address issues and concerns from the perspective of plaintiff, management, union, the judiciary and government counsel. The Conference also will afford the opportunity to meet and network with top level practitioners from all areas of the practice, including government leaders.
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Erin M. Connell, a San Francisco employment partner and Co-Chair of Orrick's EEO & OFCCP Compliance Group and Pay Equity Task Force, represents employers in high stakes employment litigation and is an expert in equal employment opportunity law, pay equity, and affirmative action (OFCCP) compliance.
Erin’s practice covers all aspects of employment law, as well as complex business litigation outside the employment context. Erin has successfully defended numerous class actions, EEOC systemic discrimination investigations, and complex individual cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour claims. Erin has particular expertise in the area of pay equity, compensation analyses, and diversity initiatives; and regularly advises clients with respect to OFCCP and other EEO audits.
Erin also is an accomplished trial lawyer. She has tried several cases before juries and in arbitration, and has successfully has obtained numerous defense summary judgment rulings and other favorable resolutions in state and federal court. Erin led the trial team that obtained a complete dismissal for Oracle in OFCCP v. Oracle, a high-stakes systemic compensation discrimination case that garnered national media attention. Erin was named, "Litigator of the Week" by American Lawyer for her successful defense representing Oracle in litigation against the OFCCP.
Erin's clients include leading technology and Fortune 500 companies, including: Oracle, Facebook, Netflix, Pandora, Pinterest, NVIDIA, NetApp, Splunk, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Seagate Technology.
Erin is currently the management chair of the ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, and frequently speaks on California and national employment law issues. She has published numerous articles on employment law in publications around the country, including the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. She also provides training on managing within the law and preventing sexual harassment, and conducts internal investigations on employment-related matters.
Michael Weil, an Employment and Trade Secrets partner in the San Francisco office, represents clients in high-stakes trade secrets, employee mobility and employment litigation throughout the United States.
Michael's trade secrets engagements frequently arise from employee departures or commercial settings. He has handled trade secrets and non-compete cases involving a variety of intellectual property, such as organic chemistry, genetic sequencing, chemistry lab processes, near field payment technology, client lists, shipping cost information, and many others. As an employment lawyer, Michael also regularly handles matters involving independent contractor status, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and compensation matters, including wage-and-hour class actions and representative actions under state and federal laws. Finally, Michael counsels clients on a wide variety of employment and related business issues.