Ossai Miazad - Class Action Employment Lawyer New York

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Ossai Miazad

Partner
New York Office
(212) 245-1000

About

OSSAI MIAZAD is Partner and Co-Chair of the Discrimination and Retaliation Practice Group and is also active in the firm's Class & Collective Action Practice Group at Outten & Golden LLP in New York. She represents employees in class action and impact litigation aimed at eliminating systemic discrimination. She has experience litigating before federal and state courts and arbitration panels. Ms. Miazad currently serves as plaintiffs' counsel in numerous major class action lawsuits involving challenges to the use of credit and criminal history records for employment decisions, challenges to U.S. citizen and legal permanent resident requirements in contracting on behalf of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries and claims on behalf of women facing discrimination in pay and promotion.  Her work on the landmark criminal background check case against the U.S. Census Bureau was recognized with the Public Justice 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.  Ms. Miazad has been selected to Super Lawyers 2013 – 2017.  She was also designated as a "Next generation lawyer" by The Legal 500 United States 2017's guide to up-and-coming lawyers nationwide.

Ms. Miazad regularly lectures and publishes on employment issues.  She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of "The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act," published by the American Bar Association’s ("ABA") Section of Labor and Employment Law, and serves as co-chair of the ABA’s Subcommittee on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA"). Ms. Miazad served on the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Civil Rights and as a board member of the New York affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association ("NELA").

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    Bar Admissions & Professional Activities

    • Ms. Miazad is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, DC, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

    • Co-chair, Subcommittee on USERRA of ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee

    • Member, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section

    • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association and New York affiliate

    • Member, New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Civil Rights

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    Speaking Engagements

    2015

    • Speaker: "Bringing Employees on Board," Practising Law Institute, Employment Law Institute, New York, NY

    2014

    • Speaker: "Challenges to Nonselection Screening Devices (Credit History/Ex-Convict Status/Any Viability Left to Beazer?)," NYU 67th Annual Conference on Labor, New York University, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After 50 Years, New York, NY
    • Panelist: "The FMLA and USERRA, An Interactive Q&A Session," ABA Section of Labor and Employment, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting, Miami Beach, Florida

    2013

    • Panelist: "When Soldiers Return: USERRA and Rightful Place REinstatement," ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Savannah, GA

    2012

    • Speaker: "Wage and Hour Litigation - Part 1," National Employment Lawyers Association, New York affiliate Fall Conference, New York, NY
    • Speaker: "USERRA and Re-Employment Rights," American Bar Association, Webinar

    2010

    • Presenter: "Employment Law Essentials," New York City Bar Association, Presentation on Parental and Medical Leave Law, New York, NY
    • Speaker: "Update on USERRA," ABA Section of Labor & Employment, FLSL Mid-Winter Meeting

    2009

    • Speaker: "Court & Federal Legislative Developments in Employment Law in 2009: What You Need to Know in This Changing Landscape," New York City Bar Association, New York, NY
    • Speaker: "Update on USERRA," ABA Section of Labor & Employment, FLSL Mid-Winter Meeting
    • Speaker: "FMLA⁄ADA and USERRA Update," Colorado Bar Association, National CLE Conference, Vail, Colorado

    2008

    • Speaker: "Applying for Statutory Attorneys’ Fees, From A to Z," National Employment Lawyers Association, New York, Fall Conference, New York, NY
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    Publications & Articles

    The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

    With 2013 Cumulative Supplement, George R. Wood and Ossai Miazad, Editors-in-Chief, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee (Originally published in 2009) 2013 Cumulative Supplement

    The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

    Ossai Miazad & George R. Wood, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., 2009

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    Awards & Recognition

    • 2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers

    • 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers Top Women

    • 2013 - 2017 Selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers

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