About the Firm

Employment Lawyers for Employees and Executives

Our firm is dedicated to representing employees and other individuals (including executives, partners, professionals and talent), not employers, in all industries, across all professions, and at all employment levels. As advocates for workplace fairness, our passion and our profession is to help advance the goals of employees and protect their rights against injustices in the workplace.

Our attorneys advise and represent clients in matters involving former employers, current employers, and potential future employers and partnerships. We also represent groups of employees collectively, as well as executive teams in transition. Our international practice reaches across borders to represent and protect multinational employees, executives and partners.

 

Our lawyers are recognized as some of the most qualified and highly skilled in the field of employment law.  Best Lawyers and U.S. News ranked Outten & Golden as “Best Law Firm” in Litigation - Labor & Employment and Employment Law – Individuals.  In December 2014, Legal Leaders ranked Outten & Golden “New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers for Labor & Employment.”  Many of our lawyers are AV- rated by Martindale Hubbell and have been recognized by Super Lawyers in the field of “Employment Law – Employee.”  Legal 500 recognized O&G as a leader in “Mass tort and class action: plaintiff representation – labor and employment.”

Cases

Jacqueline Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. — $7.5 Million Class Settlement

UPDATE 5/16/2017—A federal district court has granted final approval of the $7.5 million class action settlement in Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., an action brought by former Walmart associate Jacqueline Cote and her lawyers, including Outten & Golden LLP, challenging Walmart’s lack of health insurance benefits for same-sex spouses of Walmart associates prior to 2014.

Sandia Gender Discrimination

On February 7, 2017, Outten & Golden LLP and our co-counsel, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, filed a gender discrimination class action lawsuit in federal court in New Mexico against Sandia National Laboratories, a Department of Energy research and development contractor operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. The case, Kennicott v. Sandia National Laboratories, was brought by three current and former employees on behalf of themselves and all current and former female employees employed by Sandia since December 17, 2008.  

Monaco Coach - $10 Million Class Settlement

UPDATE 7/6/2015: On March 6, 2009, Outten & Golden filed suit against Monaco Coach Corporation ("Monaco Coach") seeking to recover 60 days wages and benefits for former employees of Monaco Coach under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the WARN Act). We contend Monaco Coach ordered mass layoffs on or about March 2, 2009 without providing its employees with advance written notice. Generally, the WARN Act requires companies to provide their employees with 60 days written notice in advance of a mass layoff or plant closing.

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination

On September 15, 2010, Outten & Golden LLP, together with our co-counsel Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, filed a class action complaint in New York district court against Goldman Sachs on behalf of three highly credentialed women. The lawsuit accuses Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, of engaging in a pattern and practice of gender discrimination against its female associates, vice presidents, and managing directors.

Fox Searchlight

On September 28, 2011, Outten & Golden LLP filed a Class Action Complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Fox Searchlight, the specialty and independent film division of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, on behalf of Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman, two former Fox Searchlight interns.

In The News

Burberry Workers' 30 Minutes Off the Clock Adds Up to $2.54M Settlement

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The class action lawsuit filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York in December 2015 reached a resolution this week that, after attorney fees were limited to one-third of the...

Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Outten & Golden's Wayne Outten

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Wayne N. Outten is founding and managing partner of Outten & Golden LLPin New York. His practice focuses exclusively on representing employees. He is co-chairman of the firm’s executives and...