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Sally J. Abrahamson
SALLY J. ABRAHAMSON is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in Washington, DC. She is head of the Class Action Practice Group for the DC Office, and is co-chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Workplace Rights Practice Group. Ms. Abrahamson represents individual employees facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation and litigates nationwide collective and class actions. Ms. Abrahamson represented plaintiffs in the Cote v. Walmart $7.5 million class action settlement on behalf of Walmart associates who were unable to obtain health insurance coverage for their same-sex spouses from Walmart from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2013.* Ms. Abrahamson was also a part of the O&G team litigating a class action against the Census Bureau that challenged the use of arrest and criminal history records as a screen for employment for 850,000 applicants. In 2016, the parties reached a landmark settlement that requires the Census Bureau to reform its hiring practices for the 2020 decennial census as well as creating a class-member Records Assistance Project housed at the Cornell University ILR School. In 2017, Public Justice awarded Class Counsel in the Census case with their prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
Ms. Abrahamson has also litigated and settled class actions on behalf of restaurant and catering workers, retail employees, and skilled service technicians and repair employees. Ms. Abrahamson speaks frequently about issues facing LGBTQ employees and low wage workers.
Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Ms. Abrahamson litigated collective action and individual wage and hour cases at the D.C. Employment Justice Center, where she won two bench trials in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of two individual low wage restaurant workers.* After graduating from law school, Ms. Abrahamson was a law clerk to the Honorable Frank Montalvo, U.S. District Judge in the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division. In addition to serving as Judge Montalvo’s law clerk, Ms. Abrahamson drafted speeches and papers in Spanish on topics ranging from arbitration to due process in support of Judge Montalvo’s position on the Committee on International Judicial Relations.
Ms. Abrahamson received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D., with honors, from American University’s Washington College of Law where she received the Dean’s Award for Professional Responsibility – Outstanding Student in the Clinical Program for her work with the Domestic Violence Clinic.
(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)
Bar Admissions & Professional Activities
Ms. Abrahamson is admitted to practice law only in New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
Ms. Abrahamson is admitted to the following federal courts: The United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, the District of Maryland, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the Western District of New York; and the Southern District of Texas; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Association Board member, The LGBT Bar Association Greater New York (LeGaL)
Member, New York City Bar Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights
Member, National LGBT Bar Association
Member, NELA (National Employment Lawyers Association)
Member, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
- Speaker: "Navigating Individual Cases Post-Decertification or in Arbitration," American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado
- Speaker: "Devising Innovative Strategies for Arbitrating Wage & Hour Cases and Understanding the Implications of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Class Action Waivers," American Conference Institute, Wage & Hour Claims & Class Actions, New York, NY
- Panelist: "Workplace Issues Arising from LGBTQ Employees," Arbitration, Justice, and the Individual in the Workplace: Keeping the Human Element in View conference, A joint program of the American Arbitration Association, Cornell ILR’s Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, and New York Law School, New York, NY
- Panelist: "Plaintiff as Producing Party: Best practices for handling annoying and sometimes abusive discovery requests," The New York City Fall Conference on Representing Employees, New York, NY
- Panelist: "Workplace Issues and Legal Developments Impacting LGBTQ Employees," South Asian Bar Association of North America Annual Conference, Washington, DC
- Speaker: "Hybrid FLSA/NYLL Class Actions," Low-Wage Worker Task Force, April CLE, New York, NY
- Panelist: "LGBT Discrimination Panel, OUTLaw," Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY
- Chair: "Employment Law Post - Obergefell," New York City Bar Association, CLE program, New York, NY
- Panelist: "LGBT Rights Law Panel," Columbia University, Columbia Undergraduate Law Review, New York, NY
Publications & Articles
Awards & Recognition
Legal 500 United States Recommended Labor and Employment Lawyer 2019
Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2016-2018