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Your Workplace Rights: A Discussion with Jessica Riggin & Valerie Brender

With the outgrowth of the #metoo movement and increasing public discussion surrounding equal pay and women's rights in the workplace, it is more apparent than ever that gender-based workplace inequities remain prevalent but cannot stay unaddressed. Join two plaintiffs' side employment attorneys, Jessica Riggin and Valerie Brender of Rukin Hyland LLP, at The Ruby for a discussion on women's rights in the workplace. Topics will include "What should I do if I've been sexually harassed at work?;" "I'm pregnant. What rights do I have?" and "What protections do the new transgender regulations provide me?" Come with questions and leave with a better understanding of employment law!

About Jessica Riggin

Jessica Riggin is a partner at Rukin Hyland LLP, a law firm with offices in San Francisco and Oakland that represents employees in individual and class action litigation, provides employment law advice to employees and executives, and counsels small businesses and startups on employment law matters. Jessica advocates for employees facing a wide range of workplace issues; she litigates complex class actions, pursues individual sexual harassment, whistleblower, and discrimination cases, and advises professionals in pre-litigation matters. Prior to joining the firm, Jessica clerked for the Honorable David O. Carter of the Central District of California, and she is a graduate of Columbia Law School. Jessica is on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association and has been named a Rising Star by California Super Lawyers Magazine each year since 2016.

About Valerie Brender

Valerie Brender is an associate at Rukin Hyland. She litigates class action and individual employment law cases, including independent contractor misclassification, discrimination, whistleblower, and unpaid wages cases. She also advises employees on employment agreements and job transitions. Prior to joining Rukin Hyland, Valerie was a research fellow at Human Rights Watch. She serves as Co-Chair of the Barristers Labor & Employment Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and was named a Rising Star by the California Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018. Her writing on workers’ rights has appeared in the Huffington PostThe Hill, and the Daily Journal. Prior to graduating from New York University School of Law, Valerie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama and a Fulbright Scholar in Spain