Professor Suzette Malveaux Moderates Discussion
About Landmark Employment Discrimination Case
Professor Suzette Malveaux moderated a June 16th discussion titled “The Future of Employment Discrimination Class Actions After the 9th Circuit’s En Banc Decision in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc,” sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education. The CLE panel was held for an audience of both defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys nationwide.
Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc is the largest civil rights class action suit in U.S. history and involves 1.5 million former female employees of Wal-Mart who allege company-wide discrimination. Likely headed to the Supreme Court, Dukes is expected to have a lasting impact on employment law class action practice.
Discussing the landmark case was an expert panel that included the plaintiff’s lead counsel, Brad Seligman, who is a civil rights attorney with more than 30 years experience specializing in class action and individual employment and civil rights litigation; defense counsel J. Timothy McDonald, who is a partner with Rogers & Hardin LLP and primarily focuses on litigation and counseling regarding employment law and employee benefit issues; and Supreme Court expert Kevin Russell, who is a partner in Howe & Russell, P.C., as well as an instructor in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at both Stanford and Harvard law schools.
Prior to academia, Malveaux litigated employment discrimination class actions (including Wal-Mart) with Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll.