Key Experience

  • Focuses on high-stakes workplace internal and government investigations and complex employment discrimination claims
  • Previously served as the principal deputy chief of the Employment Litigation Section within the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ)


Esther Lander’s practice focuses on complex employment litigation, high-stakes internal and government investigations, and client counseling regarding:

  • Allegations of discrimination, harassment and other employee misconduct
  • Pattern or practice, class, and collective actions
  • Disparate impact discrimination involving selection procedures and testing validation
  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives and pay equity
  • government enforcement activities.

Representative Work

  • Represents clients in connection with EEOC, DOJ and DOL systemic pattern or practice investigations, as well as litigation involving challenges to hiring, compensation, promotion and others practices alleged to cause classwide disparate impact or disparate treatment discrimination.
  • Regularly advises on diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as pay equity studies, intentional recruiting, and lawful affirmative action plans and goals.
  • Provides advice regarding the proper validation of employment selection procedures to ensure compliance with Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA and other employment laws. These strategies include reviewing validation studies and counsel regarding adverse impact and the defensibility of selection devices used to assess applicants and employees.
  • Counsels clients regarding all areas of federal, state and local employment law, including executive terminations; severance agreements; workforce reductions; and compliance with federal and state obligations such as the WARN Act and the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act.


Public Service and Affiliations