Charlotte Fishman, Pick Up the Pace

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Harris v. City of Santa Monica, 56 Cal.4th 203 (2013), California Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of California Employment Lawyers Association urging the Court not to adopt a "mixed motive" defense to discrimination claims brought under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Reid v. Google, 50 Cal. 4th 512 (2010), California Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of California Employment Lawyers Association arguing against applying a federally created "stray remarks doctrine" to cases brought under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

AT&T v. Hulteen, 556 U.S.701 (2009), United States Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of National Employment Lawyers Association et al. arguing that AT&T's practice of providing reduced retirement benefits to women who took pregnancy leave before the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act violates of Title VII.

Burlington Northern v. White, 548 U.S. 53 (2006), United States Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of National Women's Law Center et al. urging adoption of a context-based deterrence test for Title VII retaliation claims.

Doe v. Oberweis Dairy, 456 F.3d 704 (7th Cir. 2006), Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals amicus brief on behalf of National Employment Lawyers Association arguing that employers have a heightened duty to protect teenage workers from sexual harassment by supervisors.

Yanowitz v. L'Oreal, 36 Cal. 4th 1028 (2005), California Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of Eqaul Rights Advocates et al. urging a "totality of circumstances" and "victim-centered" approach to retaliation cases brought under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Freeman v. Regents of the University of California (2005), Obtained tenure for UC Santa Barbara political science professor denied tenure after availing herself of family-friendly stop-the-tenure-clock leaves.

Schifando v. City of Los Angeles, 31 Cal. 4th 1074 (2003), California Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of public employees arguing that employees need not exhaust employer-controlled grievance mechanisms in order to sue for violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Ponton v. Regents of the University of California (1993), Obtained an EEOC determination of individual and class-wide gender discrimination and reinstatement to Full Professor in Residence, a position of higher status and greater job security, for University of California, San Francisco Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry facing termination.

Lovell v. Regents of the University of California (1992), Successful resolution of tenure discrimination dispute, resulting in grant of tenure to University of California, Berkeley art history professor.

Swift v. Regents of the University of California (1989) Successful resolution of tenure discrimination dispute, resulting in grant of tenure to Boalt Hall (now Berkeley Law) professor.