Fighting for Women's Equality

Jennifer Reisch

February 11, 2013 | by

Jennifer Reisch has devoted her legal career to advocating for under-represented individuals and communities.

Jennifer became the Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates in September 2012, assuming responsibility for directing ERA’s efforts to seek equality and justice for women and girls in schools and workplaces across the country. She manages a team of dedicated attorneys, law fellows, and law clerks who make an impact through litigation and direct legal services, bold policy reform initiatives, and innovative community education and outreach campaigns.

Jennifer is proud to have helped pass the strongest equal pay law in the nation, the California Fair Pay Act of 2015 (SB 358 – Jackson), and been part of the team representing Betty Dukes and other women in their history-making case against Wal-Mart. Jennifer has served as lead counsel in dozens of cases brought on behalf of women workers, including Aviles v. BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, a Title VII class action sex discrimination suit which resulted in a $4.6 million settlement and significant policy changes designed to prevent harassment, discrimination, and retaliation against women working in a highly male-dominated industry.

As a leader in the field of workers’ rights and employment litigation, Jennifer has received numerous honors for her work and frequently is invited to speak on these topics. In 2015, 2016, & 2017, she was named one of the Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. Prior to joining ERA, Jennifer was recognized as a Rising Star among plaintiff-side employment litigators each year from 2009-2012 in Super Lawyers magazine.

Prior to joining ERA, Jennifer focused on representing low-wage and immigrant workers in individual and class action suits challenging unlawful employment practices and other civil rights violations. As a partner at Talamantes Villegas Carrera, LLP, she served as co-lead counsel in Bojorquez v. ABM Industries, Inc., a sexual harassment and retaliation case which she successfully tried before a San Francisco jury (with Equal Rights Advocates), obtaining a verdict for plaintiff on all claims and a damages award of over $812,000. 

In addition to her litigation and policy work, Jennifer has taught courses of her own design as an adjunct faculty member at U.C. Hastings College of the Law and at the University of San Francisco School of Law. In 2016, Jennifer was appointed to serve on both the California Pay Equity Task Force and the DFEH Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. In 2017, after co-founding the Ya Basta Coalition to support janitorial workers in their fight to end sexual violence and harassment, she joined the state DIR’s Advisory Committee on the Property Service Workers Protection Act. She is an active member of the California Employment Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association. She also is a member of the Advisory Board of the East Bay Community Law Center. Jennifer graduated from Yale University cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa in 1996 and  received her law degree from U.C. Berkeley in 2002. She lives in Oakland with her family. 

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