Christopher M. McNerney — Class Action Employment Law Attorney New York City

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Christopher M. McNerney


CHRISTOPHER M. MCNERNEY is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York and is a member of the firm’s Class Action, Discrimination and Retaliation, and Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Practice Groups.  Mr. McNerney represents employees in class action discrimination, wage and hour and FCRA cases, as well as individual litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including criminal background checks, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, executive and professional contracts and compensation.  He also serves on the Firm’s Public Interest Committee, helping to oversee O&G’s commitment to pro bono representation of low-income clients who otherwise could not afford lawyers for their employment-related claims. 

Before joining the firm, Mr. McNerney clerked for the Honorable Sarah Netburn in the Southern District of New York. 

During law school, he served as a student advocate in NYU’s Employment and Housing Discrimination clinic, representing a client in her discrimination claims.  Among other activities, he also worked as a research and teaching assistant for Professor Arthur Miller, participated as a student advocate in the Unemployment Action Center, and served as an articles editor for the NYU Annual Survey of American Law.

Mr. McNerney earned his B.A., cum laude, from Macalester College in 2005, and his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 2012.

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Bar Admissions & Professional Activities

  • Mr. McNerney is admitted to practice law only in New York.

  • Mr. McNerney is admitted to the following federal courts: The United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the Western District of New York; and the Eastern District of Michigan; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Third Circuit and the Ninth Circuit.

  • New York State Bar Association

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New York (NELA/NY)

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Speaking Engagements


  • Speaker: "Fighting for Legal Justice in the Workplace and Beyond," #AskAnExpertSeries, #AskAnExpertSeries, Webinar



  • Speaker, Moderator: "Using Criminal History in the Workplace," Fordham Law School, NELA/NY Fall 2018 CLE Conference, New York, NY
  • Presenter: "Applying for Work in California With a Prior Conviction," Impact Fund, Summer Webinar Series
  • Panelist: "Introduction to Public Interest Law Firms," New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center, New York, NY


  • Panelist: "Introduction to Public Interest Law Firms," New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Center, New York, NY
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Publications & Articles

Last month, Los Angeles joined a growing group of U.S. cities taking steps to end hiring discrimination based on a job applicant's criminal history...

Job seekers in Illinois will soon likely have fewer reasons to worry that past convictions will stand in the way of future employment opportunities...

Job seekers and workers in Philadelphia will soon have fewer worries about whether their criminal or credit histories will stand in the way of...

In New York City and elsewhere in the country in recent years, job applicants and employees have obtained increased protections from employment...

It has been said that in every crisis lies opportunity. Unfortunately, the twin crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recession that followed have...

The laws in New York and elsewhere throughout the country have come a long way in recent years when it comes to protecting job applicants from...

When the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins last May, employers, as well as the companies that provide employers with...

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Awards & Recognition

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