ADAM T. KLEIN is a partner of Outten & Golden LLP and is the chair of the firm's Class Action Practice Group. His practice focuses on the prosecution of class action and impact litigation of employment discrimination and wage and hour claims. Mr. Klein currently serves as lead or co-lead plaintiffs' counsel in numerous major class action lawsuits involving discrimination claims in the financial services industry and challenges to the use of credit and criminal history records for employment decisions. Mr. Klein has testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Congress on issues relating to employment law and is a frequent lecturer at the American Bar Association and other bar associations and organizations such as the American Constitution Society and the Impact Fund.

ADAM T. KLEIN is a partner of Outten & Golden LLP and is the chair of the firm's Class Action Practice Group. His practice focuses on the prosecution of class actions and impact litigation of employment discrimination and wage and hour claims.

Mr. Klein currently serves as lead or co-lead plaintiffs' counsel in numerous major class action lawsuits involving discrimination claims in the financial services industry and challenges to the use of credit and criminal history records for employment decisions. At present, Mr. Klein is co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in lawsuits challenging employment practices at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and the federal Census Bureau. The Census Bureau litigation was filed in affiliation with a consortium of civil-rights organizations challenging the use of arrest and criminal history records as a screen for employment for over 700,000 applicants. Mr. Klein also prosecutes wage and hour class/collective actions against numerous major corporations and was counsel in major settlements involving IBM, Whirlpool, JP Morgan Chase, and other Fortune 500 companies.

In addition, Mr. Klein serves as co-lead plaintiffs' counsel in nationwide discrimination class action lawsuits against Smith Barney (gender - Amochaev v. Smith Barney) and Morgan Stanley (race - Jaffe v. Morgan Stanley). Both the Amochaev and Jaffe cases are now settled, and each settlement provides class members with substantial monetary relief and creates systematic changes to company practices. Mr. Klein also served as co-lead plaintiffs' class counsel in a "glass ceiling" gender discrimination class action against MetLife, based on discrimination in promotions and compensation, which resulted in a settlement that created beneficial changes in the company.

Mr. Klein was recently selected for inclusion as one of the Lawdragon 500 leading lawyers in America in 2012 and 2013-2014.  He was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and New York’s Super Lawyers – Manhattan Edition every year from 2007 to 2013 and as a leading lawyer by the Legal 500. Mr. Klein received his undergraduate degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1987 and his law degree from Hofstra University in 1990. 

Mr. Klein was admitted to the New York state bar in 1991. He is also admitted to practice in the federal Second, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York.

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Bar/Professional Activity

Mr. Klein is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and former co-chair of its Class Action Committee, and he served on the Executive Board of NELA’s New York Affiliate (NELA/NY) from 2000 to 2006. He served on the Executive Board of the Employee Rights Section of the American Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Klein is a member of the American Bar Association, where he served as the Plaintiffs' Co-Chair of the Committee on Technology and Federal Law Clerks Training Program, and is a member of the Committees on Equal Employment Opportunity and Employee Rights and Responsibilities of the Section of Labor and Employment Law and the Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee of the Section of Litigation. Mr. Klein is a past plaintiffs’ co-chair of the largest committee within the Labor and Employment Section – the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. Mr. Klein is a member of the 12-person Executive Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and is also a member of the Federal Bar Council, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a member of the Advisory Boards of the Labor and Employment Law Program and the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations for Cornell University, and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Klein has testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Congress on issues relating to employment law. Mr. Klein is also a frequent lecturer and has participated in programs relating to employment law sponsored by the American Constitutional Society, the Institute for Judicial Administration, the American Bar Association, Cornell University, Georgetown University Law School, New York University Law School, the Law and Education Institute, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Bar Association of the City of New York, the Impact Fund, the American Conference Institute, and Strafford Publications.

 

2014

  • Speaker: "Challenges to Subjective Selection Systems; 'Pattern or Practice' Promotion and Pay Claims in Higher-Level Jobs", Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After 50 Years, NYU 67th Annual Conference on Labor, New York University
  • Panelist: "Your Day in Court?: The Undermining of Access to Justice",  American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) Convention, Washington, DC

2013

  • Speaker: "Gender Pay Disparity: 50 Years after the Equal Pay Act", Discrimination and Retaliation, 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, New Orleans
  • Panelist: "Compensation and Discrimination/Equal Pay Issues in the Financial Services Sector, ELA, Third Transatlantic Conference, London, England
  • Moderator: 'Advanced Class Action Topics", National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law
  • Lecturer: "Managing Wage & Hour Risks," Practicing Law Institute (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal 30th Anniversary Reception and Symposium, Employment Discrimination (New York, NY)

2010

  • Lecturer: "Managing Wage & Hour Risks," Practicing Law Institute (New York, NY)

2009

  • "Cross-Border Class Action Litigation," As the World Turns: Perspectives on International Labor and Employment Law (New York, NY)
  • "Making the Call Whether to Settle: Assessing Damages, Settlement Structure, Administration and More," American Conference Institute’s 7th National Advanced Forum on Wage Hour Claims and Class Actions (New York, NY)
  • "Criminal History, Bad Credit Scores, and Hiring Discrimination: Title VII and the Use of Criminal Records and Credit History as Hiring Criteria," The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education (Teleconference)
  • "Evidence Issues/Use of Experts," Center for Labor and Employment Law: Twelfth Annual NYU Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges (New York, NY)
  • "Reacting to the Changing American Workforce and Workplace, Part I: Lifestyle Behaviors & Relationships," The 13th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute (Washington, DC)
  • "Class and Collective Actions Update," National CLE Conference - Labor & Employment (Vail, CO)

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