Discrimination & Harassment


Outten & Golden attorneys are knowledgeable about what types of conduct are legally protected from retaliation. We have experience negotiating settlements for our clients based on retaliation claims; pursuing requisite administrative charges, for example through the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission; and successfully litigating retaliation claims. 

Federal and state statutes often prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for reporting or complaining about employers' unlawful conduct, whether it is discrimination, sexual harassment, wage-and-hour violations, or securities fraud. Conduct protected from retaliation can include speaking to a superior, filing a complaint with Human Resources, filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, participating in an investigation or related legal proceeding, or any other type of conduct opposing discrimination. The employee does not necessarily need to be correct that the employer acted unlawfully in order to be covered by these statutes; he or she only needs to have a good-faith belief that the employer acted unlawfully. Retaliation can range from termination to denial of a promotion, an unwanted transfer, an undesirable change in work assignments, or some other adverse action that would deter an employee from reporting or complaining about employer misconduct.

If you believe you have been subjected to retaliation for reporting or complaining about employers' unlawful conduct, please contact the firm through the ”Contact Us" form or by calling us in the New York, San Francisco or Washington, DC office (see bottom of page for phone numbers) to begin the Outten & Golden intake process.

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Jenny Schwartz is a partner at world-class employment law firm, Outten & Golden. She has litigated against major U.S. tech companies and many other types of employers handled retaliation claims, and helped people of different race, age and gender reclaim their power at work.

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Law360—Vin Gurrieri

Christine Walika, a longtime executive at the American Bankers Association sued the trade association in Washington, D.C., court Thursday, alleging that women and minorities who work amid its “old boys’ club culture” are subjected to pervasive harassment and discrimination and that she was fired for speaking up about it.

Outten & Golden LLP: American Bankers Association Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

PRNewswire—Outten & Golden LLP

A new lawsuit alleges women and minorities employed by the American Bankers Association “are subjected to systemic discrimination and a culture of fear designed to deter them from reporting discrimination or otherwise advocating for equal opportunity,” the law firm Outten & Golden LLP said today.

Christine “Christy” Walika, a former executive vice president who worked for the organization for 25 years, sued the American Bankers Association in Superior Court in the District of Columbia, alleging the banking...