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Private enforcement is a powerful tool in fulfilling the promise of the FLSA, especially in collaboration with pro bono lawyers, workers, unions, and workers centers. Join our panelists for a discussion on how to navigate the complicated issues that may arise in the course of such litigation, including differing organizing and litigation strategies, ethical issues, and potential conflicts. They also explore approaches to involve workers in their litigation so it is an empowering experience for them by becoming stronger and more effective as clients; being better prepared to recognize and prevent violations by employers in the future; enabling them to educate their fellow workers on how they can use the legal process to enforce their rights; and becoming employee rights advocates themselves.
James M. Finberg James M. Finberg is a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco, where he specializes in employment discrimination and wage/hour class actions, having served as co-lead counsel for plaintiff classes in the following cases, among others:...MoreJames M. Finberg is a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco, where he specializes in employment discrimination and wage/hour class actions, having served as co-lead counsel for plaintiff classes in the following cases, among others: Rosenburg v. Int’l Bus. Machines Corp., No. CV 06-00430 PJH (N.D. Cal.) ($65 million settlement of wage and hour class and collective action granted approval in 2007); Satchell v. Federal Express Corp., C03-2659 SI; C03-2878 SI (N.D. Cal.) (settlement of $55 million, plus comprehensive injunctive relief, of race and national origin discrimination claims granted approval in 2007); Butler v. Home Depot, No. C94-4335 SI (settlement of $87.5 million, plus comprehensive injunctive relief, in gender discrimination case in 1998); Frank v. United Airlines, No. C92 -0692 MJJ (N.D. Cal.) ($36.5 million gender discrimination settlement in 2004); and Giannetto v. CSC Corp., No. CV 03-8201 (C.D. Cal.) ($24 million settlement of wage/hour case in 2005). Mr. Finberg received a B.A. in 1980 from Brown University and a J.D. in 1983 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. In 2005, he served as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco. From 2008 to 2010 and from 1997 to 1998, he served as Co-Chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Mr. Finberg has been listed as one of the Top 100 “Super Lawyers” in Northern California since 2005. Since 2005, he has also been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for labor and employment Law. In the Spring Semester of 2008, he served as an adjunct professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he taught Employment Discrimination Law. In 2009, he was named a "California Lawyer of the Year" by California Lawyer Magazine in the field of civil rights. He is a member of the NELA Executive Board. Collapse
Kim Bobo Kim Bobo is the Executive Director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation’s largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, especially those in the...MoreKim Bobo is the Executive Director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation’s largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, especially those in the low-wage economy. She was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009. The organization supports a network of 50 religion-labor groups, 25 workers centers, and five student chapters. It creates dozens of congregational resources on economic justice, coordinates the national Labor in the Pulpits program that places labor speakers in congregations over Labor Day weekend, and mobilizes people of faith on national campaigns and public policy issues, such as the paid sick days and wage theft. Prior to Interfaith Worker Justice, Ms. Bobo was a trainer for the Midwest Academy, and Director of Organizing for Bread for the World. She writes a column for the online magazine Religion Dispatches. She is co-author of Organizing for Social Change, the best-selling organizing manual in the country, and the author of Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid - And What We Can Do About It, the first and only book to document the wage theft crisis in the nation and propose practical solutions for addressing it. A second edition of Wage Theft in America came out for Labor Day 2011. Collapse
James H. Kaster James H. Kaster is an experienced trial lawyer who concentrates on representing plaintiffs in employment cases. He has received multi-million dollar verdicts for individual plaintiffs, including the highest award in Minnesota for emotional distress...MoreJames H. Kaster is an experienced trial lawyer who concentrates on representing plaintiffs in employment cases. He has received multi-million dollar verdicts for individual plaintiffs, including the highest award in Minnesota for emotional distress in an individual employment discrimination case. Mr. Kaster also obtained the highest reported settlement for an individual sexual harassment client in state history. He is one of only a few plaintiffs’ lawyers who are members of both the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers, a group limited to one percent of America’s trial attorneys. Mr. Kaster was given the highest ranking possible by Chambers, USA, which ranks lawyers throughout the nation. He has also argued cases before the state’s and nation’s highest courts, including Kasten v. Saint Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, which resulted in a new standard for FLSA retaliation cases. Mr. Kaster takes his greatest pride in serving the best interest of his clients. Collapse
Hina B. Shah Hina B. Shah is an Associate Professor of Law and Clinical Staff Attorney at the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (WERC) of Golden Gate University School of Law, addressing employment and labor issues faced by low-wage and immigrant workers....MoreHina B. Shah is an Associate Professor of Law and Clinical Staff Attorney at the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (WERC) of Golden Gate University School of Law, addressing employment and labor issues faced by low-wage and immigrant workers. Currently, she is the Director of WERC’s Elfenworks Center for Employment Justice, representing domestic workers and caregivers. Prior to WERC, Ms. Shah was the Director of the Labor/Employment Project at the Asian Law Caucus, Inc. (ALC), litigating and advocating for the rights of immigrant workers and worked at several prominent Bay Area union-side labor firms. Ms. Shah has lectured and written on the plight of low-wage and immigrant workers, including Broadening Low-Wage Workers’ Access to Justice: Guaranteeing Unpaid Wage in Targeted Industries, published in the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. Collapse
March 8, 2013
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Doing Well By Doing Good Audio
Doing Well By Doing Good Fineberg Paper
Doing Well By Doing Good Kaster Paper
Doing Well By Doing Good Shah Paper
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