JUSTIN M. SWARTZ, a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York and Co-Chair of its Class Action Practice Group, represents employees in class action wage/hour and discrimination cases. He is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Public Interest Committee.
Mr. Swartz has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in dozens of nationwide wage theft class and collective actions on behalf of workers in a wide variety of industries. He has represented thousands of workers in unpaid overtime lawsuits challenging exemptions; independent contractor, intern, volunteer, and other non-employee labels; off-the-clock and time shaving practices; and other methods of avoiding statutory wage and hour obligations. He has also represented thousands of restaurant workers in tip-theft and minimum wage cases.
He has also represented workers in employment discrimination class actions claims against employers that have refused to hire minorities with criminal records and companies that have engaged in systemic race and gender discrimination. He has also represented individual plaintiffs in individual race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and national origin discrimination cases.
Mr. Swartz is active in bar associations including the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law where he has been co-chair of the Section’s CLE/Institutes and Meetings Committee, co-chair of the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, and co-chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.
Mr. Swartz frequently works with non-profit organizations on public interest matters. He has co-counseled with, and performed pro bono services for, Make the Road New York, The Legal Aid Society, South Brooklyn Legal Services, Manhattan Legal Services, the New York Civil Liberties Union, Legal Momentum, NYLAG, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and MFY Legal Services, among others. Mr. Swartz is also part of the Lambda Legal Cooperating Attorney Network.
Mr. Swartz joined Outten & Golden LLP in December 2003 after representing workers as an associate at Goodman & Zuchlewski, LLP in New York and at Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. in Chicago.
He graduated from DePaul University School of Law with honors in 1998.