Employment Discrimination Law

Lawyers at M&S fight against all forms of workplace discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religion. We also help workers who experience retaliation for speaking out against discriminatory workplace practices.

We believe that companies work better when there is true equal opportunity, when they are diverse, and when people from all backgrounds are meaningfully included and welcomed into workplace culture. Whether we are representing individuals or a class, we advocate for systemic changes to improve workplace policies and practices.

We also represent employees who blow the whistle on fraud. To learn more, go to Fight Fraud Find Justice.

Race Discrimination

We represent clients who have experienced race discrimination during their employment at major corporations, such as Lockheed, and while serving public, such as working for the Fire Department of New York.

Founding Partner Cyrus Mehri helped secure one of the largest race employment discrimination class action settlements in the history, representing 2,200 current and former African-American employees of The Coca-Cola Company. The suit alleged that Coca-Cola employed racially discriminatory business practices that limited the professional advancement of African-American employees. The terms of the $192 million settlement also required that Coke become a leader among Fortune 500 companies in equitable employment practices.

Mehri & Skalet continues this tradition of advancing racial justice in the workplace to this day. In addition to class actions, the firm represents African-American employees in confidential settlement negotiations with their employers. The firm negotiates monetary relief for our clients as well as changes to employers’ policies and practices to address the allegations of race discrimination and improve the workplace for all employees. Click here to learn more.

Our fight against race discrimination is not limited to the workplace. Retired U.S. District Court Judge U.W. Clemon, who is Of Counsel at the firm, represents Black plaintiffs who are confronting resegregation of schools in the South. American University professor N. Jeremi Duru, also Of Counsel at the firm, challenges race discrimination in sport. And, Partner Ellen Eardley founded the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX at the University of Missouri when she was an administrator there to confront race discrimination on campus.

Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment

Decades before the #MeToo movement, M&S began representing women who are willing to stand up to sexual harassment, pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and the glass ceiling. Mehri & Skalet continues to fight on behalf of women in every workplace from corrections officers to financial advisors at major economic institutions. All women deserve equitable treatment and it is our mission to make sure they receive it. M&S attorneys are passionate about gender equality. Mehri & Skalet has worked with the National Council of Women’s Organization develop the Women on Wall Street project, an enterprise dedicated to remedying the historic pay disparities impacting women working in the financial sector. Partner Ellen Eardley previously worked at the National Women’s Law Center and founded the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX at the University of Missouri and associate Christine Monahan previously worked at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Click here to learn more about our current and past work to combat gender discrimination on Wall Street. Click here to learn about our pregnancy discrimination case against Walmart.

Age Discrimination

Older employees frequently find themselves disproportionately denied training and advancement, then terminated in employer reductions-in-force. They then face discrimination in seeking new employment and confront months or years of unemployment or underemployment. Mehri & Skalet lawyers are leaders in the use of class actions under state laws and collective actions under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) in the fight against illegal age discrimination. Frequently co-counseling with lawyers from AARP’s litigation foundation, M&S has won multi-million dollar settlements from several Fortune 500 companies on behalf of groups of employees challenging age discrimination in RIFs, hiring decisions, training, promotions and pay raises. Please contact us if you have an age discrimination claim, especially one that you believe could be brought on a class basis.

M&S attorney Mike Lieder has been a lead lawyer in several of the largest age discrimination actions against private employers in the country, including First Union Bank (now part of Wells Fargo), 3M, and most of the major television networks and studios in Hollywood on behalf of television writers.