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Orrick Webinar: Reflections on Bostock: LGBTQ+ Rights in the Workplace and at the Supreme Court

Firm Event | July.15.2020 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

Webinar - Recording Available

Orrick's LGBTQ+ Attorney Affinity Group, Women's Initiative, and Diversity & Inclusion Committee hosted a virtual Pride conversation on July 15, 2020.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County affirming that LGBTQ individuals are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. By a 6-3 majority, the Supreme Court concluded that Title VII's prohibition against discrimination "because of .. sex" covers discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This webinar will discuss the background of this litigation, the majority and dissenting opinions, and how this landmark decision fits within the Supreme Court's LGBTQ rights jurisprudence more broadly. We will also address Bostock's practical impact and important issues the Court left unresolved.

For more information, please contact Annie Schmaeling or Angelique Magliulo-Hager.

CLE INFORMATION: This course is eligible for New York and California CLE credit. Please complete and retain the applicable form for your records. The New York self-study affirmation must also be emailed to Melissa Woods ([email protected]) and Jane Gracey ([email protected]). The California self-study form does not need to be emailed to Melissa Woods and Jane Gracey.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an accredited MCLE provider in the State of New York. This transitional and non-transitional continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an accredited MCLE provider in the State of California. This continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the State Bar of California for a maximum of 1.5 credit hour, of which 1.5 credit hour can be applied to the general requirement.

CLE Credits Available: Y

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Practice:

  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • 集體訴訟抗辯

Matthew D. LaBrie Senior Associate

Boston

Matthew D. LaBrie is a litigation associate in Orrick's Boston office. His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and class action defense, as well as cybersecurity litigation and incident response.

In his commercial litigation practice, Matthew represents clients in federal and state court at the trial and appellate levels.  While Matthew routinely assists clients at all stages of the litigation process, through motions practice, discovery, witness preparation, and trial, he has a particular focus on class action defense.  Matthew's litigation experience is broad, including data security litigation, commercial and contractual disputes in all industries, shareholder derivative litigation, and class action defense, as well as commercial arbitration.  His current engagements include representation of clients facing consumer class actions arising out of a data breach of the MOVEit file transfer software; a social media company facing consumer class actions arising out of a data breach; the University of Washington in a pandemic-related class action seeking refunds of tuition and fees on behalf of students; and a series of litigations over the ownership and control of a social media company.  

In his cybersecurity practice, Matthew counsels clients across the globe through all stages of a privacy or data security incident, navigating the relevant legal regimes, managing the response to and investigation of an incident, and handling any litigation or regulatory investigation resulting from the incident.  Matthew spent a year based in Orrick's London office developing and coordinating Orrick's worldwide data breach incident response and litigation capabilities.

Matthew maintains an active pro bono practice. He has assisted individual clients with family law matters, advocated on behalf of veterans' and immigrants' rights, and represented human trafficking survivors in a series of federal cases.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • 集體訴訟抗辯
  • Pay Equity
  • Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG)

Kathryn G. Mantoan Of Counsel

San Francisco; Portland

Kathryn (Katie) Grzenczyk Mantoan is Of Counsel in Orrick's Employment Law & Litigation group, working across the San Francisco and Portland offices.  She focuses on high-stakes employment litigation, compliance counseling, and litigation avoidance measures. Her practice has a particular emphasis on complex class actions and developing areas of the law including pay equity and pay transparency, and she co-chairs Orrick's Pay Equity Task Force.

Katie was a part of 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. Katie and her co-counsel were named "Litigators of the Week" by American Lawyer for the win.  Two years later, Katie and her co-counsel were named Runners-Up by American Lawyer for securing decertification of a 3,000-person putative equal pay class action for Oracle.

In fall 2023, Katie co-first chaired a two week federal jury trial and obtained a verdict against the client's former general manager, who set up a competing business while employed, on claims for breach of fiduciary duty and intentional interference.

Previously, Katie received California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year Award in 2016 and was named a Northern California Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for seven consecutive years. She regularly writes and publishes on employment law developments, having presented on topics to three separate state bar associations and a host of national and regional legal and academic conferences.

Katie started her career at Orrick in 2004 and returned in 2015. From 2011 to 2014, she was an associate at a litigation boutique in San Francisco where she handled employment and constitutional law matters.