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EEO Class Actions and Systemic Discrimination Cases

Speaker(s): Erin M. Connell, Jennifer L. Liu
Recorded on: Jun. 10, 2021
PLI Program #: 327530

Erin M. Connell, Co-chair of Orrick's EEO & OFCCP Compliance Group and Pay Equity Task Force, represents employers in high stakes employment litigation and is an expert in equal employment opportunity law, pay equity, and OFCCP compliance.

Erin's practice covers all aspects of employment law. She defends employers in class actions and other complex cases, as well as in systemic investigations and audits by the EEOC, OFCCP, and the California DFEH. Erin has led dozens of internal pay equity analyses and is a trusted advisor for several of the nation's most prominent employers on developing areas of employment law, including DEI, OFCCP compliance, pay equity, and issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Erin also is an accomplished trial lawyer. She has tried several cases before juries and in arbitration, and has obtained numerous defense summary judgment rulings and other favorable resolutions in state and federal court. Erin led the trial team that obtained a complete dismissal for Oracle in OFCCP v. Oracle, the largest pay equity case ever brought by OFCCP, which garnered national media attention and earned Erin recognition as a Litigator of the Week by the American Lawyer and a 2021 Employment MVP by Law360.

Erin is currently the management chair of the ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She is also a faculty member with the Institute for Workplace Equality (IWE), and frequently speaks on California and national employment law issues, including for IWE, the ABA, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and the American Employment Legal Council (AELC). She has published numerous articles on employment law in publications around the country, including the ABA Journal of Law & Employment Law. She also provides employment law training and conducts internal investigations on employment-related matters.



Jennifer L. Liu is the Managing Partner of The Liu Law Firm, P.C., where she represents individuals in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. Ms. Liu focuses on employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, and employment contracts and agreements.  She also represents victims of civil rights violations and abuse, including survivors of campus sexual assault, sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Ms. Liu has litigated dozens of cases in federal and state courts across the country and has helped recover over $100 million on behalf of workers and employees.* She frequently represents employees in the financial services, technology, and health care industries.  

Ms. Liu has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 75 Labor and Employment in California Lawyers in both 2019 and 2020, and was selected for inclusion in the 27th edition of Best Lawyers in America in 2020, as well as the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers.  She has also been named to a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Ms. Liu is an active member of the legal community and regularly speaks and publishes on employment law issues. She currently serves as the Employee Program Chair of the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law National Conference on Equal Employment Law, and the Employee Vice Chair for the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Committee.  She has served as an editor for numerous publications and treatises, including the treatise Employment Discrimination Law (Lindemann, Grossman, & Weirich), and Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession (ABA Commission on Women in the Profession).

Prior to founding The Liu Law Firm, P.C., Ms. Liu worked at Outten & Golden LLP. Ms. Liu also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and she earned her J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before law and business school, Ms. Liu worked as an equity research analyst for Janus Capital Group, an investment management firm. She has passed Levels I, II, and III of the Chartered Financial Analyst program.

Ms. Liu is admitted to practice in the states of California and New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of California, and the Eastern District of Michigan.

*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.