Adam T. Klein
Outten & Golden
3 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-977-4005 (firm fax)
ADAM T. KLEIN is a partner of Outten & Golden LLP and is the chair of the firm's class action practice group. His practice is limited to the prosecution of class action and impact litigation of employment discrimination and wage and hour claims.
Mr. Klein presently serves as lead or co-lead plaintiffs' counsel in numerous major class-action lawsuits involving statutory-discrimination claims in the financial services industry and challenges to the use of credit and criminal history records for employment. At present, Mr. Klein is co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in lawsuits challenging employment practices at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and the federal Census Bureau. The Census Bureau litigation was filed in affiliation with a consortium of civil-rights organizations challenging the use of arrest and criminal history records as a screen for employment for over 700,000 applicants. Mr. Klein also prosecutes wage and hour class/collective actions against numerous major corporations and was counsel in major settlements involving IBM, Whirlpool, JP Morgan Chase, and other Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Mr. Klein serves as co-lead plaintiffs' counsel in nationwide discrimination class action lawsuits against Smith Barney (gender - Amochaev v. Smith Barney) and Morgan Stanley (race - Jaffe v. Morgan Stanley). Both the Amochaev and Jaffe cases are now settled – each settlement provides class members with substantial monetary relief and systematic changes to company practices.* Mr. Klein also served as co-lead plaintiffs' class counsel in "glass ceiling" gender discrimination class action against MetLife, based on discrimination in promotions and compensation. The term of the MetLife settlement agreement has expired.
Mr. Klein has testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Congress on issues relating to employment law. Mr. Klein is a frequent lecturer and has participated in programs relating to employment law sponsored by the American Constitutional Society, the Institute for Judicial Administration, the American Bar Association, Cornell University, Georgetown University Law School, New York University Law School, the Law and Education Institute, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Bar Association of the City of New York, the Impact Fund, the American Conference Institute, and Strafford Publications.
Mr. Klein was selected by his peers in Best Lawyers in America and New York’s Super Lawyers – Manhattan Edition 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In addition, he was selected as a finalist for Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America in 2010. Mr. Klein is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), served on the Executive Board of its New York Affiliate (NELA/NY) from 2000 to 2006, and is the former co-chair of the Class Action Committee of NELA. He served on the Executive Board of the Employee Rights Section of the American Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Klein is a member of the American Bar Association, where he served as the Plaintiffs' Co-Chair of the Committee on Technology and Federal Law Clerks Training Program, and is a member of the Committees on Equal Employment Opportunity and Employee Rights and Responsibilities of the Section of Labor and Employment Law and the Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee of the Section of Litigation. Mr. Klein is the immediate past plaintiffs’ co-chair of the largest Committee within the Labor and Employment Section – the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. Mr. Klein is a Member of the Executive Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and is also a member of the Federal Bar Council, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of the Labor and Employment Law Program and Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse.
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Mr. Klein received his undergraduate degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1987 and his law degree from Hofstra University in 1990. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1991.
Mr. Klein is admitted in New York and in the federal Second, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits and the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York.
*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome
by Adam Klein
Articles & Publications
- Credit Discrimination Lawsuit
- Census Discrimination
- The DOL's New FLSA White Collar Exemption Regulations and Working with the DOL on FLSA Actions
Adam T. Klein, Mark R. Humowiecki, Tarik F. Ajami, and Cara E. Greene
Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Vol 10, No. 2, Winter 2006.
- Contingent Worker Abuses: The Class Action Remedy
Adam T. Klein and Scott Moss, Employee Rights Quarterly, Winter 2000.
Practices in Complex Employment Litigation: Contacting Employees
by Adam T. Klein, Tarik F. Ajami and Mark R. Humowiecki
- Complex Wage Litigation - Use of
by Adam T. Klein and Tarik F. Ajami
- Eight-Minute Electronic Discovery
by Adam T. Klein, Esq., Tarik F. Ajami, Esq., Douglas C. James, Esq. and Rachel Wilhelm
- The Fair Labor Standards Act -
by Adam T. Klein, Mark R. Humowiecki and Tarik F. Ajami Outten & Golden LLP
- Use of ADR Procedures
to Resolve Complex Employment Discrimination Litigation From a Plaintiffs' Perspective: No Thanks.
by Adam T. Klein, Tarik F. Ajami and Mark R. Humowiecki Outten & Golden LLP
- When Outsourcing Cheats
by Adam T. Klein, Esq. and Mark R. Humowiecki, Esq.
- Employer Credit-History Checks
and Criminal Record Checks of Job Applicants for Hiring Decisions: The Illegality under Title VII Disparate Impact
by Adam T. Klein, ReNika Moore, Scott A. Moss
- Off-The-Clock Claims From The
by Adam T. Klein, Sean Farhang
- Feb 10- Practicing Law Institute - Managing Wage & Hour Risks- NYC
- Jun 5- As the World Turns: Perspectives on International Labor and Employment Law - Cross-Border Class Action Litigation- New York, NY
- May 19-20- American Conference Institute's 7th National Advanced Forum on Wage Hour Claims and Class Actions - Making the Call Whether to Settle: Assessing Damages, Settlement Structure, Administration and More-New York, NY
- Apr 8- The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education - Criminal History, Bad Credit Scores, and Hiring Discrimination: Title VII and the Use of Criminal Records and Credit History as Hiring Criteria- Teleconference
- Mar 19-20- Center for Labor and Employment Law: Twelfth Annual NYU Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges - Evidence Issues/Use of Experts- New York, NY
- Mar 12- The 13th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute - Reacting to the Changing American Workforce and Workplace, Part I: Lifestyle Behaviors & Relationships- Washington, DC
- Jan 5- Nat'l CLE Conference - Labor & Employment - Class and Collective Actions Update- Vail, CO
- Oct 19- NELA Fall Conference - Representing Workers In Individual & Collective Actions Under the FLSA- Advanced Issues
in Collective Actions- New Orleans, LA
- Aug 11-14- ABA Annual Convention- Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (Co-Chair)- San Francisco, CA
- Jun 28- NELA Annual Conference- Litigating Racial Discrimination and Harassment Claims- San Juan, P.R.
- May 16- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission- EEOC Spotlights Employment Testing and Screening in the 21st Century
Workplace- Washington, D.C.
- Apr 26- New York University School of Law / American Bar Association- Mock E-Discovery Hearing- NYC
- Apr 24- American Conference Institute- 4th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims & Class Actions (Co-Chair)- NYC
- Apr 19-20- Cornell University's Labor and Employment Law Program- Wage and Hour Law and Litigation Strategies- NYC
- Mar 28- American Conference Institute- Corporate Counsel Forum on Wage & Hour Compliance: What Plaintiffs’ Counsel
Look for in Wage and Hour Conduct: Industries and Practices in Their Sights- Las Vegas, NV
- Mar 21-25- American Bar Association- National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law (Co-Chair)-
- Mar 7- Human Resources Executive Conferences- 1st Annual HR in Hospitality Conference: Fair Labor Standards Act: Wage
and Hour Compliance and the Consequences of Non-Compliance- Las Vegas, NV
- Mar 5- Human Resources Executive Conferences- 1st Annual HR in Hospitality Conference: The Law of the Workplace: Hot
Employment Issues for the Hospitality Industry- Las Vegas, NV
- Jan 8- Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference on Labor & Employment Law- All for One and One for All: Class
and Collective Actions – Leading Edge Logistical and Legal Issues- Snowmass Village, CO
- Oct 13- Practicing Law Institute- 35Th Annual Institute on Employment Law- NYC
- Aug 8- ABA Annual Convention- FLSA Update- Honolulu, HI
- Aug 5-8- ABA Annual Convention- Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (Co-Chair)- Honolulu, HI
- Apr 20- American Inns of Court- Glass Ceiling Litigation- NYC
- Apr 7- Georgetown University Law Center, Employment Law & Litigation Institute 2006- E-Discovery- Washington, D.C.
- Mar 16- New York University School of Law / Federal Judicial Center, Workshop for Federal Judges- Wage & Hour
- Feb 10- Georgetown University Law Center, Evidence Issues and Jury Instructions in Employment Cases- Evidence Issues
in Collective and Class Actions- Washington, D.C.
- Jan 5- Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference on Labor & Employment Law- All for One and One for All: Class
and Collective Actions – Leading Edge Logistical and Legal Issues- Snowmass Village, CO
- Nov 10- NYU Law School – Institute of Judicial Administration- State Class Action & Arbitration Law- NYC
- Nov 1- Second Circuit Staff Attorney Training Seminar- Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Cases- NYC
- Oct 15- NELA Fall Conference- Impact Litigation: Representing Workers In Class, Collective & Multiple Plaintiff
Actions Mediation & Settlement Strategies- Boston, MA
- Oct 14- NELA Fall Conference- Impact Litigation: Representing Workers In Class, Collective & Multiple Plaintiff
Actions The New White Collar Regulations- Boston, MA
- Aug 9- ABA Annual Convention- Ethical Hot Spots for Lawyers in the Electronic Age- Chicago, IL
- Jun 9- New York County Lawyers’ Association and NELA/NY- Emerging Issues in Employment Discrimination Law: Electronic
- May 5- NELA/NY Spring Conference- High Profile Wage and Hour Litigation- NYC
- Apr 22- Georgetown University Law Center, Employment Law & Litigation Institute: Legal Trends and Practice Strategies-
Wage & Hour Class Actions- Washington, D.C.
- Apr 7- ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee- 2005 Midwinter Meeting
Disparate Impact: The Most Recent Word on This Long-Standing Discrimination Theory, Including the New Ways of Proving
Disparate Impact and Whether It Is Available in All Discrimination Areas, Including Age Discrimination- Naples, FL
- Mar 17- New York University School of Law / Federal Judicial Center, Workshop for Federal Judges- Wage & Hour
- Jan 6- Snowmass National CLE Conference- Employment Law Collective Actions - Leading Edge Logistical and Legal Issues- Aspen, CO
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