Adam T. Klein

Adam T. Klein

  • Employment Law
  • New York
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ADAM T. KLEIN is Managing Partner of Outten & Golden LLP, and founded the firm's class action practice area. His practice focuses on the prosecution of class actions and impact litigation of employment discrimination and wage and hour claims. Mr. Klein currently serves as lead or co-lead plaintiffs' counsel in numerous major class action lawsuits involving discrimination claims in the financial services industry, the high tech industry, and challenges to the use of credit and criminal history records for employment decisions.

Mr. Klein represents the Metropolitan Council of the New York State Conference of the NAACP in challenges to the use of criminal history records as a screen for employment. In addition, Mr. Klein serves as co-lead plaintiffs' class counsel in now settled nationwide discrimination class action lawsuits against Smith Barney (gender - Amochaev v. Smith Barney), Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (gender – Calibuso v. Bank of America), and Morgan Stanley (race - Jaffe v. Morgan Stanley). Each settlement provides class members with substantial monetary relief and creates systematic changes to company practices. Mr. Klein also served as co-lead plaintiffs' class counsel in a "glass ceiling" gender discrimination class action against MetLife, based on discrimination in promotions and compensation, which resulted in a settlement that created beneficial changes in the company.

Mr. Klein is a Co-Chair of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Practice Area
  • Employment Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Impact Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Class-Based Wage and Hour Litigation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
2nd Circuit
9th Circuit
11th Circuit
  • English
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
J.D. | Law
Best Lawyers in America 2008-2019
Best Lawyers
Super Lawyer 2007-2018
Super Lawyers
500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
Hall of Fame
Legal 500
500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2012-2014
Professional Associations
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Co-Chair, Executive Committee
American Bar Foundation
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse
Member, Advisory Board
National Employment Law Association
New York State Bar # 2375012
- Current
National Employment Lawyers Association/New York Affiliate
Member, Executive Board
Articles & Publications
Off-The-Clock Claims From The Employee's Perspective
Use Of Statistical Evidence In Complex Wage Litigation
Outten & Golden, LLP
When Outsourcing Cheats Workers
Out of Prison, Out of a Job: "Ban the Box" Movement Seeks an End to Employers' Insidious Use of Criminal Background Checks to Reject Qualified Applicants
O&G Employment Law Blog
Racial Discrimination from the Time of "The Butler's Child" until Now
O&G Employment Law Blog
Adam Klein Discusses Unpaid Intern Litigation, Wage-Hour Issues Related To Remote Connectivity And Employer Misclassification
The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Class Action Disputes: From the Perspective of Plaintiffs' Counsel
776 PLI/Lit. 255
Employer Credit-History Checks And Criminal Record Checks Of Job Applicants For Hiring Decisions: The Illegality Under Title VII Disparate Impact Doctrine
Eight-Minute Electronic Discovery
The DOL’s New FLSA White Collar Exemption Regulations and Working with the DOL on FLSA Actions
Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal
Use Of ADR Procedures To Resolve Complex Employment Discrimination Litigation From A Plaintiff's Perspective: No Thanks
Advanced Litigation Issues Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
American Bar Association Conference for Section on Labor & Employment
Contingent Worker Abuses: The Class Action Remedy
Employee Rights Quarterly
Speaking Engagements
Speaker: "Impact Analysis: When To Use It & The Statistics To Support It," National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), NELA 2017 Annual Convention (San Antonio, TX) 2017
National Employment Law Association
Speaker: "Deep Diving Equal Pay," American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment, National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law (Austin, TX), 2016
Speaker: "Class and Collective Actions — Rapid Fire Case Law Update," National CLE Conference - Labor & Employment (Vail, CO), 2015
Speaker: "Title VII Class Certification—Issues Certification and Targeting Specific Employment Practices Post Dukes and Comcast", National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, ABA Section of Labor & Employment (Miami Beach, FL), 2015
Faculty: "The Boundaries of the Employment Relationship: Who is an Employee? Who is the Employer?", Eighteenth Annual NYU Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, NYU Labor & Employment Law, Institute of Judicial Administration, NYU University S
Speaker: "Judge and Magistrate Judge Class and Collective Actions — What is Viable and What is Not?", Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference (Vail, CO), 2015
Speaker: "Legal issues and Safeguards Associated with Performance Evaluation Programs", ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference (Los Angeles, CA), 2014
Speaker: "Challenges to Subjective Selection Systems; 'Pattern or Practice' Promotion and Pay Claims in Higher-Level Jobs", Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After 50 Years, NYU 67th Annual Conference on Labor, New York University (New York, NY), 2014
Panelist: "Your Day in Court?: The Undermining of Access to Justice", American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) Convention (Washington, DC), 2014
Speaker: "Gender Pay Disparity: 50 Years after the Equal Pay Act", Discrimination and Retaliation, 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference (New Orleans), 2013
Panelist: "Compensation and Discrimination/Equal Pay Issues in the Financial Services Sector, ELA, Third Transatlantic Conference (London, England), 2013
Moderator: 'Advanced Class Action Topics", National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, 2013
Lecturer: "Managing Wage & Hour Risks," Practicing Law Institute (New York, NY), 2013
Panelist: Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal 30th Anniversary Reception and Symposium, Employment Discrimination (New York, NY), 2013
Lecturer: "Managing Wage & Hour Risks," Practicing Law Institute (New York, NY), 2010
"Cross-Border Class Action Litigation," As the World Turns: Perspectives on International Labor and Employment Law (New York, NY), 2009
"Making the Call Whether to Settle: Assessing Damages, Settlement Structure, Administration and More," American Conference Institute’s 7th National Advanced Forum on Wage Hour Claims and Class Actions (New York, NY), 2009
"Criminal History, Bad Credit Scores, and Hiring Discrimination: Title VII and the Use of Criminal Records and Credit History as Hiring Criteria," The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2009
"Evidence Issues/Use of Experts," Center for Labor and Employment Law: Twelfth Annual NYU Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges (New York, NY), 2009
"Reacting to the Changing American Workforce and Workplace, Part I: Lifestyle Behaviors & Relationships," The 13th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute (Washington, DC), 2009
Class and Collective Actions Update," National CLE Conference - Labor & Employment (Vail, CO), 2009
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