Rachel Megan Bien
  • Employment Law
  • California, New York
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Ms. Bien is an experienced litigator who has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages on behalf of her clients. She has represented tens of thousands of workers across many different industries in class and collective lawsuits. She was lead counsel in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., one of the first cases to argue that interns should be paid for their work on behalf of a private employer.

Ms. Bien is committed to protecting workers’ rights under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state and local wage laws. She has litigated and successfully settled many cases involving workers who were “misclassified” by their employers as “exempt” from overtime protections or labeled as “independent contractors” and denied overtime pay and other benefits. She has won motions against large corporations, and consistently advocates for interpretations of the law that advance the rights of all workers, including those who are most vulnerable to abuse.

Ms. Bien is an active member of the employment law bar. She is a member of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the National Employment Lawyer’s Association (“NELA”) and its California chapter (“CELA”), and the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. She speaks frequently on wage and hour topics.

She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2005 and served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Practice Area
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 315886
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 4439402
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Brooklyn Law School
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Best Lawyer 2015 - 2019
Best Lawyers
500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
Top 250 Women in Litigation
Super Lawyer 2013-2017
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Rising Star 2011-2012
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Professional Associations
Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association
Outreach to Law Students Committee
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American Bar Association
Member, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee
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California State Bar  # 315886
- Current
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New York State Bar  # 4439402
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Articles & Publications
Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waivers Violate Federal Labor Law
O&G Employment Law Blog
U.S. Supreme Court May Ultimately Have The Final Word On The Future Of Unpaid Internships In The Private Sector
The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
Intern Lawsuits Force Progressive Media to Look Closely at Their Own Intern Policies
O&G Employment Law Blog
EEOC Committee Reviews Workplace Diversity Issues
Section of Labor & Employment Law, American Bar Association
Contact & Map
1149 N Gower St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Telephone: (415) 484-0522
Fax: (415) 658-7758
685 3rd Ave
FL 25
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 245-1000
San Francisco, CA, USA
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