JUSTIN M. SWARTZ, a partner at Outten & Golden LLP and Co-Chair of its Class Action Practice Group, represents employees in class action wage/hour and discrimination cases, as well as individual discrimination cases and other employment matters. He is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Public Interest Committee and a member of its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Workplace Rights Practice Group and its Discrimination and Retaliation Practice Group. Mr. Swartz currently represents workers in overtime lawsuits against CVS, Boston Market, Bovis, E*Trade, Family Dollar, TD Ameritrade, Key Bank, Starbucks, JP Morgan Chase, Gristede’s, Duane Reade, Tyson Foods, and other major companies.
He also represents thousands of restaurant workers in overtime and tip theft cases, low-wage cleaning workers in their claims that large contractors failed to pay them overtime compensation for their work cleaning buildings around Ground Zero in 2001, and entertainers and servers who have worked at Scores and Penthouse Executive Club nightclubs. Among his recent employment discrimination matters are discrimination claims against companies that have refused to hire minorities with criminal records, including an EEOC charge against Madison Square Garden; systemic gender discrimination claims against a major utility company; and several individual race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and national origin discrimination cases. He has represented hundreds of female and African American stock brokers in nationwide discrimination class action lawsuits against the country’s leading brokerage firms, including Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Smith Barney.