Jennifer Reisch

Lecturer

Background:

Jennifer Reisch has dedicated her legal career to advocating for social justice and defending the civil rights of workers and students. From 2012 to 2020, she served as the Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national non-profit legal organization dedicated to advancing gender justice and expanding access and opportunities for women, girls, and all people of marginalized gender identities through strategic litigation, direct legal services and outreach, policy advocacy campaigns, public education, and community engagement. Prior to joining ERA, Jennifer spent over a decade engaging in employment, civil rights, and public interest litigation on behalf of workers, students, consumers, and communities.

Jennifer has received numerous honors for her work in the field of workplace justice advocacy and labor and employment litigation, including being named as one of the Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California in 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the Daily Journal and as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in plaintiff-side employment litigation every year from 2009 through 2012. She has served as counsel to organizations, students, and workers in scores of class actions and individual cases across the country challenging discrimination, harassment, wage theft, unequal pay, retaliation, and other unfair and unlawful policies and practices in industries and occupations ranging from retail and restaurants to gold mining and shipfitting.  Jennifer has co-authored and contributed to numerous amicus curiae briefs, including one filed on behalf of ERA and 47 amici in support of Professor Jennifer Freyd in her Equal Pay Act and Title VII case against the University of Oregon, now pending with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  

In addition to her litigation work, Jennifer is proud to have helped pass and implement some of the strongest and most innovative pay equity and anti-sexual harassment laws in the country, including the California Fair Pay Act of 2015 and the Property Service Workers Protection Act of 2016.  She has served on several state task forces and advisory committees on these subjects, including the California Pay Equity Task Force and the DFEH Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. She co-founded the Ya Basta Coalition and actively supports immigrant women janitorial workers leading the fight to end sexual harassment and gender-based violence in that industry.

In addition to frequently writing and speaking on issues related to employment and labor law, gender discrimination and equality, strategic enforcement and impact litigation, Jennifer previously has designed and taught courses on the human rights of immigrant workers and on representing Spanish-speaking workers at the University of San Francisco School of Law and University of California Hastings College of Law. She is trilingual (English/Spanish/French) and a graduate of Berkeley Law (J.D., 2002) and Yale College (B.A., 1996). She lives with her twin daughters and partner in Oakland, California.

reischjennifera@gmail.com 

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