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Archive

2015

Judge rules Boston police exam discriminated against minorities
The Boston Globe | November, 2015

Meet the Boston Lawyer Who’s Putting Uber on Trial
The Wall Street Journal | November, 2015

Google Express sued over employee-contracted distinction
The Boston Globe | November, 2015

More food delivery startups are sued for classifying drivers as contractors
Fortune | September, 2015

‘Sledgehammer Shannon:’ The attorney taking on Uber and others in the sharing economy
The Business Journals | September, 2015

Suing the sharing economy: Q&A with Shannon Liss-Riordan
The Boston Globe | September, 2015

What Strippers Can Teach Uber
Medium | April, 2015

Employment Discrimination
and Retaliation

Our firm is deeply committed to protecting workers from discrimination and retaliation. We have successfully brought individual lawsuits and class action lawsuits to vindicate the rights of employees and job applicants. We represent employees who face discrimination at work at every stage in the employment process: in the hiring process, in obtaining promotions, achieving pay equity, and in separating from employment.

We have won many significant cases on behalf of employees who have been discriminated against on the basis of disability, race, age, sex, and sexual orientation. We have also had significant victories on behalf of employees who have been retaliated against for raising issues of wage violations and discrimination, as well as First Amendment and whistleblower cases on behalf of employees who have suffered adverse actions and termination for engaging in protected activity.

The Lawyer Who Took On Uber Is Suing IBM for Age Discrimination
Bloomberg | September, 2018

Boston police lieutenant exam discriminated against minorities, judge says
The Boston Globe | July, 2017

SJC: Jury must hear officer’s handicap discrimination claim
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | April, 2017

Uber Just Got Hit With Another Legal Fight
Mother Jones | October, 2016

Boston-based Attorney Argues Uber’s Star Ratings are Racially Biased
Boston Globe | October, 2016

Judge rules Boston police exam discriminated against minorities
Boston Globe | November, 2015

MCAD ruling supports black Worcester officers passed over for promotion
Telegram & Gazette | July, 2015

Fired official wins suit vs. city
Boston Globe | June, 2014

Skycap who was fired after lawsuit awarded nearly $1m
Boston Globe | March, 2014

Judge orders fire departments to offer jobs
Boston Globe | December, 2006

Judge says firefighter tests biased and unfair
Boston Globe | August, 2006

Door opened for retaliation claims
The National Law Journal | August, 2006

A decade later, a trucker finally wins racial bias case
Boston Globe | April, 2003

Experts, Videos Were Key To Win In Disability-Bias Case
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | September, 2002

1st Amendment A Weapon In Cases Involving Public Workers
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | March, 2002

Shift in Disability Law Key to $800K Verdict
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | February, 2002

Practice Areas

Lichten & Liss-Riordan represents workers around the country in all types of employment litigation. Our specialty areas include challenging companies for misclassifying employees as independent contractors, failing to allow service employees to retain all of their tips or the total proceeds of service charges, failing to pay employees overtime, and discriminating against employees or retaliating against them for raising issues related to wages or discrimination.

Click the buttons on the left for more information on our work in these areas. For a consultation, call us at (617) 994-5800, or email us at info@llrlaw.com.

In the News

Ill. Wage Law Not Supplanted By Federal Law, 3rd Circ. Says
Law360 | October, 2018

Strippers Want Out of Class Settlement With Clubs
Courthouse News | October, 2018

Mich. Cable Installers Are Employees Under FLSA, Judge Says
Law360 | September, 2018

A badge of honor: Wall Street Journal urges Senate to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to stop lawyers like Shannon Liss-Riordan from protecting workers rights
Wall Street Journal | September, 2018

The Lawyer Who Took On Uber Is Suing IBM for Age Discrimination
Bloomberg | September, 2018

Dancers Are Employees Under Dynamex, Calif. Judge Rules
Law360 | August, 2018

Lyft, Postmates face new lawsuits challenging contractor model
Reuters | May, 2018

California Ruling a ‘Seismic Shift’ for Gig Economy Workers
Associated Press | May, 2018

Harvard Settles Lawsuit, Will Change Labor Policy
The Harvard Crimson | March, 2018

GrubHub Wage Case May See New Delivery Worker Status Test Redo
Bloomberg | January, 2018

U.S. Labor Board Complaint Says On-Demand Cleaners Are Employees
Bloomberg | August, 2017

Labor Lawsuit Against GrubHub May Be A Stumbling Block for the Gig Economy
Fortune | August, 2017

Boston police lieutenant exam discriminated against minorities, judge says
The Boston Globe | July, 2017

GrubHub Faces Trial On Employee-Contractor Issue
The Recorder | June, 2017

SJC: Jury must hear officer’s handicap discrimination claim
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | April, 2017

Amazon Delivery Drivers Sue Company Over Job Status
The Seattle Times | October, 2016

Boston-based Attorney Argues Uber’s Star Ratings are Racially Biased
Boston Globe | October, 2016

Shannon Liss-Riordan is named to Politico’s guide to the “Top 50 thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016” “for questioning who the sharing economy is taking for a ride”.
Politico Magazine | September, 2016

Boston Police Department Ranks May Have Diversified, But Promotion Eludes Many Cops Of Color
WGBH News | July, 2016

Uber’s Worst Nightmare
San Francisco Magazine | May, 2016

Litigator of the Week: Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten & Liss-Riordan
The American Lawyer | April, 2016

Following $100 Million Settlement, Tipping Uber Drivers is Now on the Menu
Newsweek | April, 2016

Uber Agrees to Pay $100 Million to Drivers in Historic Class Action Settlement
Mother Jones | April, 2016

Massage Therapist Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Harvard
The Harvard Crimson | January, 2016

Meet the attorney suing Uber, Lyft, GrubHub and a dozen California tech firms
LA Times | January, 2016

7th Circ. Upholds Ill. Labor Law In Delivery Co. Dispute
Law360 | January, 2016

Lawyers of the Year
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | January, 2016

We’re About to Witness the Class-Action Trial Against Uber’s Business Model
Money Morning | January, 2016

Meet “Sledgehammer Shannon,” the Lawyer Who Is Uber’s Worst Nightmare
Mother Jones | December, 2015

Year in Preview: What the Uber Lawsuit Means for Workers in the Sharing Economy
SF Weekly | December, 2015

The lawyer looking to kill the ‘gig economy’
MarketWatch | December, 2015

Judge rules Boston police exam discriminated against minorities
The Boston Globe | November, 2015

Meet the Boston Lawyer Who’s Putting Uber on Trial
The Wall Street Journal | November, 2015

Google Express sued over employee-contracted distinction
The Boston Globe | November, 2015

More food delivery startups are sued for classifying drivers as contractors
Fortune | September, 2015

‘Sledgehammer Shannon:’ The attorney taking on Uber and others in the sharing economy
The Business Journals | September, 2015

Suing the sharing economy: Q&A with Shannon Liss-Riordan
The Boston Globe | September, 2015

What Strippers Can Teach Uber
Medium | April, 2015

“Gig economy” Companies

Over the last several years, a new breed of companies has flourished, which claim to be technology companies linking consumers with small independent businesses. Unfortunately, many of these companies are simply taking advantage of workers who are actually employees and depriving them of their rights under the wage laws. Our case on behalf of Uber drivers—which seeks reimbursement of expenses and unpaid tips—has been certified as a class action in California. Many companies are taking notice of the cases we have brought and are changing their practices and reclassifying their workers as employees.

For information regarding the Uber Lawsuit see www.uberlawsuit.com or email us at uberlawsuit@llrlaw.com

Delivery Drivers

For more than 10 years, beginning with our work on the cases against FedEx Ground, we have brought lawsuits in many states, on behalf of package, appliance, and furniture delivery drivers, who contract with large delivery companies, to deliver goods and furnishings to homes and businesses. Although these drivers often work full time for these companies, often as much as 12 hours a day, six days a week, and must purchase or lease their trucks, they are labeled as independent contractors and thereby miss out on all of the protections employees have. We currently have such cases pending in Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

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Exotic Dancers

Beginning with our pioneering work in Massachusetts establishing exotic dancers as employees, we have brought a number of lawsuits around the country on behalf of exotic dancers to recover back wages and tips. Strip clubs have long classified dancers as independent contractors. By doing this, the clubs have illegally required dancers to pay to work, by requiring them to pay shift fees, and to share their tips with management and non-service employees. We have recovered these fees for dancers, as well as full minimum wage for all hours worked. We currently have cases pending on behalf of exotic dancers in Massachusetts, California, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Nevada.

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