RACHEL BIEN, a Partner and Co-Chair of the firm's Class & Collective Action Practice Group, joined Outten & Golden LLP after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Her practice focuses on complex multi-plaintiff litigation, including hybrid wage and hour class and collective actions and Title VII discrimination class actions.

She has represented employees across many industries, including restaurant workers, skilled service technicians and repair people, healthcare marketing representatives, tech workers, mortgage brokers, and underwriters.  She is active in the American Bar Association, where she currently serves as the Employee Vice-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section’s National Programs Subcommittee. Ms. Bien speaks frequently on wage and hour topics and other issues affecting low-wage workers. 

RACHEL BIEN, a Partner at Outten & Golden LLP and a Co-Chair of its Class & Collective Action Practice Group, represents employees in class action wage and hour and discrimination cases. She is also a member of the firm’s Public Interest Committee.

Ms. Bien has represented thousands of workers in wage and hour class and collective actions.  She currently represents unpaid interns in minimum wage and overtime lawsuits against Hearst Corp., Fox Searchlight Pictures, and The Charlie Rose Show and has represented hundreds of restaurant workers in overtime and tip theft cases against New York City restaurants.  She has also litigated many cases involving workers misclassified as “exempt” from overtime laws, including Entry-Level Auditors, Medicaid Marketing Representatives, Financial Advisors, Mortgage Brokers, and Exterminators.

In addition to wage and hour cases, Rachel has also represented workers in discrimination class actions, including female grocery store workers steered into dead-end jobs without opportunities for promotion and African American and Latino workers denied jobs because of their criminal histories. 

She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2005 and joined Outten & Golden LLP in October 2006 after serving as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Ms. Bien is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.


Bar/Professional Activity

Ms. Bien is an active member of the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, where she is a Track Coordinator for the 6th Annual CLE Conference and serves on the Section’s Outreach to Law Students Committee, as well as the ABA’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.  She is a member of the bar of New York.

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Bien speaks frequently on wage and hour and complex litigation topics, including joint- and co-employment relationships, class action settlements, mandatory arbitration and class action waiver issues, FLSA exemptions, and restaurant worker laws.

2014

  • Speaker: "Wage and Hour Update", Employment Law Institute 2014, Practising Law Institute, (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "How to Effectively Maneuver Through the Ever-Changing FLSA Landscape", Insights and Strategies on the Effective: Mediation of Employment Disputes, presented by JAMS and the New York Law Journal

2013

  • Panelist: "Will Work For Free: Breaking Down the Intern Economy", Housing Works, (New York, NY)
  • Speaker: Settlements in Wage and Hour Class/Collective Actions, Employment Law Institute 2013, Practising Law Institute, (New York, NY)
  • Speaker: "Department of Labor and Other Perspectives on Independent Contractor Misclassification Informational Session", ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Moderator: 'Where EEO and Immigration Meet: Law & Advocacy", National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law
  • Panelist: "Collective & Class Action Issues (Plaintiff)", FLSA/Wage & Hour 2013 Litigation & Management (New York, NY)
Awards & Recognition
  • 2015: Recognized as a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers
  • 2013 & 2014: Selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers
  • 2012: Recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers