LEWIS M. STEEL is Senior Counsel to Outten & Golden LLP in New York. He works on a range of class action cases involving sexual and racial discrimination, overtime claims, and tipping issues. For many years he has focused primarily on class action employment discrimination cases. Mr. Steel’s precedent-setting employment discrimination decisions include Sumitomo Shoji America, Inc. v. Avagliano, 457 U.S. 176, which established that American subsidiaries of foreign corporations must obey American civil rights laws.
In the Sumitomo case and other employment discrimination class actions, he has negotiated far-reaching settlements and monitored the companies’ performance. New York Law School awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his civil rights work. Mr. Steel has lectured, appeared on television, and written on a wide variety of employment discrimination and civil rights topics.