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Know Your Rights: Empowering Women at Work in the #MeToo Era

  • Sphere Large Conference Room (map)

Learn how to protect yourself in the workplace from the leading plaintiff-side employment lawyers in the country!


This is an event geared toward empowering women in the workplace. We will have a "know your rights" conversation in which we provide best practices for negotiating offer letters, equity documents, IP agreements, and severance agreements, as well as provide an overview of wage and hour laws, such as the independent contractor versus employee distinction, and harassment and discrimination laws, and guidance on dealing with uncomfortable and/or unlawful situations at work. The event will be fun, lively,and interactive (no legalese, we promise!!).

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Julia Stephanides represents individual employees in a wide range of matters, including litigation and contract negotiation. Her litigation practice focuses on claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and violation of state and federal wage and hour laws. She also represents whistleblowers and individuals who have experienced adverse employment action after opposing illegal or unethical corporate practices. Ms. Stephanides also handles a variety of transactional matters, including the negotiation of employment contracts, executive compensation packages, restrictive covenants, and severance agreements for executives and other employees. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Ms. Stephanides represented high-growth companies in corporate matters including formation, financing, acquisition, and IPO at Gunderson Dettmer, LLP. Ms. Stephanides received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. During law school, Ms. Stephanides ran a clinic that helped entrepreneurs start and grow sustainable food enterprises in low-income neighborhoods and co-founded the Social Enterprise Project, which hosted a symposium entitled on financing social enterprises. Ms. Stephanides also counseled community-based cooperatives through the Green-Collar Communities Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center.

Laura Iris Mattes represents primarily low-wage workers in employment class actions challenging discrimination, wage and hour violations, and other employment issues. Ms. Mattes recently represented women and engineers of color in a lawsuit against Uber for discriminatory pay and hostile work environment that settled for $10 million. Prior to joining Outten & Golden in 2016, Ms. Mattes clerked for a federal judge in San Francisco, California. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. During law school, she conducted health & human rights research at Human Rights Watch and assisted with prison civil rights litigation at Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff, and Abady LLP. Prior to law school, Ms. Mattes worked on international human rights issues in Colombia and Romania.

Zoë R. DeGeer represents individual employees in wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, medical leave and breach of contract actions, as well as severance negotiations. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Ms. DeGeer worked as an associate at Dickson Geesman LLP, exclusively representing employees in all stages of pre-litigation and litigation. She is dedicated to addressing injustices occurring in the workplace, including pay inequity, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination. Ms. DeGeer graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2014 with honors and certifications in litigation and public interest law. During law school, she worked as a Law Clerk in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office in the sexual assault, child assault, domestic violence, misdemeanor, and law and motion units. Ms. DeGeer also worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Cynthia Ming-mei Lee and the Appellate Department of the San Francisco Superior Court. Ms. DeGeer is Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Barristers Committee, Employee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s Technology Committee, and member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. She is a graduate of the American Bar Association’s Leadership Development Program.

*Tickets: FREE for Members, $15 for Non-Members