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Gerald is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Mr. Maatman has a primary emphasis in his practice on defending employers sued in employment-related class actions and EEOC pattern and practice lawsuits brought in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mr. Maatman also pioneered the process of conducting employment practices audits to assist employers in structuring effective and practical personnel policies and protocols. These audits are designed to minimize the incidence of employment-related class action litigation and to maximize management discretion and workplace productivity. Mr. Maatman’s work in this area has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher J. DeGroff, Alex W. Karasik, and Sarah K. Bauman

Seyfarth Synopsis:  On March 28, 2022, the EEOC released its fiscal year 2023 budget justification (see here) and fiscal year 2021 performance report (“APR”) (see here).  The APR is a “report card” analysis of the EEOC’s litigation goals and performance

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Jennifer A. Riley, and Sarah K. Bauman

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Allen et al. v. AT&T Mobility Services, LLC, Case No. 1:18-CV-03730 (N. D. Ga. March 21, 2022), Plaintiffs alleged that AT&T, their former employer, discriminated against them and other pregnant sales associates with how it designed and implemented its attendance policies and related

Continue Reading Georgia Federal Court Denies Class Certification To AT&T Employees In Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In EEOC v. Sherwood Food Distributors, Inc., No. 16-CV-2386, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32921 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 24, 2022), a federal court in Ohio held an employer in contempt for failing to pay its payroll tax liabilities, as required by an EEOC consent decree that resolved a systemic discrimination

Continue Reading A Tax Season Cautionary Tale: Court Penalizes Employer For Not Paying Payroll Tax Per EEOC Consent Decree

Seyfarth Synopsis:  Earlier this week, our blog posting analyzed pivotal rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017, which was the penultimate trend of this year’s Workplace Class Action Report (WCAR).  In today’s finale of the WCAR video series, author Jerry Maatman provides his analysis on the Supreme Court jurisprudence for our readers.  In addition to outlining the highlights
Continue Reading 4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #4 U.S. Supreme Court Video

Seyfarth Synopsis:  The fourth and final key trend from our 14th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report involves rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Over the past few years, the country’s highest court has issued a number of rulings that impacted the prosecution and defense of class actions in significant ways.  Today, we provide readers with an outline of the
Continue Reading 4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #4 U.S. Supreme Court

Seyfarth Synopsis:  Our latest blog gave readers a detailed breakdown of a busy year on the litigation front at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and Department of Labor (“DOL”).  Notably, our 2018 Workplace Class Action Report highlighted a doubling in EEOC-initiated lawsuits despite the incorporation of a pro-business Trump Administration.  In today’s blog, author Jerry Maatman explains this
Continue Reading 4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #3 Governmental Enforcement Litigation Video

Seyfarth Synopsis:  Despite the major ideological shift that occurred within American politics in 2017, government-initiated litigation continued to flourish if not increase even after with the election of the pro-business Trump Administration.  A clear example of this can be seen in the courtroom, as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed more than the double the amount of merit
Continue Reading 4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #3 Governmental Enforcement Litigation

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In our recent blog on the second workplace class action litigation trend of 2017, we provided our readers with a comprehensive analysis of class certification statistics.   As this year’s Report profiled, court decisions throughout the country resulted in a favorable landscape for employers in terms of defeating certification motions in the decertification process.  In today’s blog, author Jerry
Continue Reading 4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #2 Class Certification Video

Seyfarth Synopsis:  As our 2018 Workplace Class Action Report describes, 2017 was quite an interesting year for employers in terms of class certification rulings.  Though courts issued many favorable class certification rulings for the plaintiffs’ bar this year, new defense approaches and case law precedents resulted in positive outcomes for employers in opposing class certification requests.  In today’s blog, readers
Continue Reading 4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #2 Class Certification

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In yesterday’s blog, readers were given an extensive overview of the historically high numbers regarding class action settlements in 2017.  Today, author Jerry Maatman provides his own analysis of these class action settlement numbers in our video blog series.  Jerry highlights the most important markers of 2017, and previews the class action landscape employers may have to adjust
Continue Reading 4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #1 Class Action Settlements Video