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Jennifer Reisch

Jennifer Reisch, Of Counsel, 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 representing low-paid workers, students, and consumers in civil rights and public interest litigation.

Jennifer has been recognized as a leader in the field of workplace justice advocacy and labor and employment litigation, receiving numerous honors for her work in these areas. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, she was named to the Daily Journal’s list of Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California. Jennifer was recognized as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in plaintiff-side employment litigation every year from 2009 through 2012.  Over the years, she has served as counsel to organizations, students, and workers in scores of class actions and individual cases 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 also co-authored and contributed to numerous amicus curiae briefs and recently argued on behalf of amici in support of plaintiff-appellant in Freyd v. University of Oregon, a case raising important issues on the interpretation of the federal Equal Pay Act and Title VII.

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 (SB 358 – Jackson) and the Property Service Workers Protection Act of 2016 (AB 1978 – Gonzalez). She has served on several task forces and advisory committees on these subjects, including the California Pay Equity Task Force and the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. In 2016, she co-founded the Ya Basta! Coalition to support the campaign to end rape on the night shift organized and led by immigrant women workers in the janitorial industry, with whom she continues to collaborate.

Jennifer frequently writes and speaks on issues related to employment and labor law, gender discrimination and equality, strategic enforcement, and impact litigation.  She has designed and taught courses on the human rights of immigrant workers and represents Spanish-speaking workers at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the 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.

Personal Experience

EDUCATION
  • Berkeley Law, University of California at Berkeley, J.D. (2002)
  • Yale University, cum laude, B.A. (1996)
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • California Supreme Court United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Ms. Reisch has also been admitted by special permission (pro hac vice) in many District Courts nationwide.
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2009 – 2012 Northern California “Rising Star” Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015 – 2017 Top 75 Labor & Employment Attorneys in California Daily Journal
LANGUAGES
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

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