Labor and Employment > Employment/Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Advocacy

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s employment discrimination and civil rights attorneys specialize in class litigation and significant EEOC “pattern or practice” investigations across the full spectrum of discrimination claims and in industries ranging from retail and railroads to utilities and insurance.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s employment discrimination and civil rights attorneys have extensive trial and appellate experience in the litigation of employment claims against employers of all sizes and regularly defend employee discrimination charges brought by the EEOC and its counterparts at the state and local level. These experiences include routine single plaintiff cases alleging discrimination or retaliation, as well as high-profile, high-stakes cases on a wide range of employment issues. One of our most notable engagements has been our recent successful representation of the Freeman Company in the first case to test the EEOC’s 2012 policy guidance on criminal and background checks, as well as the boundaries of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Wall Street Journal covered the decision, stating that Freeman defeated “one of the [EEOC’s] most high-profile crusades.” 

At the head of our EEO practice is a former general counsel to the EEOC who literally wrote the book on dealing with, and litigating against, the EEOC (EEOC Litigation and Charge Resolution (Bloomberg BNA)). Mr. Livingston is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, which describes him in the 2015 edition as “[t]he "superb" Donald Livingston [who] is held in high regard for his expertise in handling matters before the EEOC, and for his experience in discrimination and civil rights work.” He has also been praised by clients for his knowledge of procedures and practices within the organization—“very bright and creative in his approach to both litigation and legal problems in general.” (Chambers USA 2015).

Our EEO attorneys specialize in class litigation across the full spectrum of discrimination claims and in industries ranging from retail to electric utilities to insurance. They are also dedicated both to defending EEOC “pattern or practice” cases as well as to handling major EEOC investigations.

We have never allowed a client to suffer an adverse class judgment in an EEO case. In most cases, our attorneys have been successful in defeating class certification, and, in one of the few EEO cases nationwide where a class was certified and the case went to trial, we obtained a defense verdict following an eight-week jury trial of race and national origin discrimination claims. In another case—a gender discrimination class case—The Washington Post described our work on the client’s behalf as “the EEOC’s greatest defeat.”