Jeremy Heisler

Jeremy Heisler
Jeremy Heisler
NY Managing Partner

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Throughout his legal career, Mr. Heisler has had notable success in employment class actions and complex multi-party and multi-state litigation, producing more than $400 million in benefits to class members.

Our commitment to securing justice and providing the best representation possible is reflected in a commitment to diversity within our own firm. At Sanford Heisler, LLP, we know better than to think the best attorneys look alike, sound alike, think alike, or live alike. What matters is talent, and we hire the best talent available.

As a result, our team more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority, and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. A passion for social justice unites our team - we all work to use the power of law to help create and enforce a more just society.

Signs of Workplace Harassment by Employment Lawyer Jeremy Heisler

Signs of Workplace Harassment by Employment Lawyer Jeremy Heisler

Jeremy Heisler is the Managing Partner of the New York office and a Founding Partner of Sanford Heisler, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco, and San Diego. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School in 1979.

Throughout his legal career of more than thirty years, Mr. Heisler has had notable success in employment class actions and complex multi-party and multi-state litigation, producing more than $400 million in benefits to class members. Jeremy has established leading employment law precedents, including the expansion of the rights of wrongfully discharged employees. He has prevailed in novel and groundbreaking litigation against some of the largest companies in the nation.

Mr. Heisler’s most recent victory came in In Re Novartis Wage and Hour Litigation. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that sales representatives employed by pharmaceutical giant Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation were entitled to overtime pay under federal, New York and California law. As a direct result of this decision, Novartis and plaintiffs reached a $99 million class-wide settlement, the largest wage and hour settlement in 2012.

Jeremy was also instrumental in spearheading a $28 million settlement in a suit charging that three AT&T subsidiaries wrongfully denied overtime pay to a class of First-Level Managers.

Additionally, Jeremy won class certification for a group of female sales representatives who alleged that their employer engaged in gender discrimination in Velez v. Novartis. A jury ultimately returned a $250 million verdict against the company—the largest gender discrimination award in United States history and one of the five largest ever.

Jeremy recently co-authored an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of women’s rights organizations and individuals in Mach Mining v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a major decision on whether and how federal courts should review the EEOC’s methods of informal dispute resolution in discrimination cases.

Mr. Heisler’s successes have been as consistent as they are varied. He has prosecuted many significant class actions, including a case against G.E. Capital with a $19.2 million settlement (consumers were overcharged with illegal fees), and a case against a major leasing company with a $15 million settlement (consumers were defrauded).

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Mr. Heisler served as Law Clerk for a major Appellate Court in New York, where he drafted bench memoranda and judicial opinions on appeals ranging from constitutional law actions and criminal prosecutions to multi-million dollar real estate litigation.

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, magna cum laude, 1979
  • Editor, Brooklyn Law Review
  • B.A., Brooklyn College, cum laude 1975

Clerkship

  • Law Clerk, Appellate Term, First Department 1980-1981

Bar Admissions

  • New York 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York 1980
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 1984

MetLife Overtime Pay Violation Class Action

The lawsuit seeks unpaid overtime wages for Claim Specialists who worked on long term disability insurance claims (“LTD Claim Specialists”) for MetLife and two of its subsidiaries, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and MetLife Insurance Company USA.

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Novartis Pharmaceutical Gender Discrimination Class Action – $253 Million Jury Verdict; $175 Million Settlement

In the largest gender discrimination case to ever go to trial, Sanford Heisler successfully represented a class of 5,600 female sales representatives of Novartis Pharmaceutical Company in their gender pay and promotion and pregnancy discrimination claims. A unanimous decision by a jury of nine found Novartis liable for gender discrimination in pay and promotion and pregnancy-related matters and awarded 12 former Novartis sales reps $3.36 million in compensatory damages and the class of 5,600 women an additional $250 million in punitive damages In addition, the verdict from the jury meant that the remaining 5,600 women in the class were also entitled to additional awards of backpay and to seek compensatory damage awards up to $300,000 each. The verdict and the resulting monetary awards was the largest ever in the U.S in an employment discrimination case.

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Novartis Pharmaceutical Wage & Hour Class Action – $99 Million Settlement

In 2012, Sanford Heisler reached a $99 million settlement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (”Novartis”) to resolve a nationwide class and collective action brought on behalf of thousands of Novartis sales representatives. The settlement ranks among the largest wage and hour settlements.

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AT&T Wage & Hour Class Action Litigation – $28 Million Settlement

Sanford Heisler represented thousands of AT&T employees in three class and collective action cases involving the telephone giant’s failure to pay overtime to its “First-Level Managers.” The cases settled for a combined $28 million, among the largest recent wage and hour settlements.

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Sanofi-Aventis Gender Discrimination Class Action – $24 Million Settlement

Sanford Heisler represented a class of approximately 6,000 female sales employees in pay and promotion and gender discrimination claims against the pharmaceutical corporation, Sanofi Aventis U.S. The settlement produced more than $15 million in monetary benefits plus the $13.4 million reverberating effect of a $2 million pay equity adjustment over a five-year period.

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Energy Plus Consumer Fraud Class Action – $11 Million Settlement

Sanford Heisler filed a class action complaint in U.S. District Court in New Jersey against Energy Plus Holdings LLC and Energy Plus Natural Gas LP (Energy Plus) for perpetrating an illegal bait-and-switch scheme that has deceived and defrauded thousands of New Jersey consumers of millions of dollars.

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Chadbourne & Parke LLP Gender Discrimination Class Action

According to Plaintiff Kerrie Campbell, a nationally recognized trial lawyer and partner in Chadbourne’s Washington, DC office, female partners at the firm are excluded from positions of decision-making authority and receive less pay and bonuses even when they out-perform their male counterparts. There is only a one-tier partnership, with every partner characterized as an equity partner.

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Fabio Silva v. Giorgio Armani Corp., Et. Al.

According to his complaint, during his tenure at Giorgio Armani Corporation, the company’s Chief Financial Officer informed General Counsel Fabio Silva he did not trust Mexicans, and thereafter subjected Mr. Silva to increased scrutiny and discriminatory treatment. When General Counsel Silva reported this treatment to Chief Operations Officer, Giorgio Fornari, and Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Lucinda Rosso, General Counsel Silva was berated for complaining. General Counsel Silva was then denied a raise for reporting the discrimination.

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Ian Jack Miller v. Zara USA, Inc. et al.

In 2015, Sanford Heisler, LLP filed a $40 million lawsuit against Zara USA, Inc., the flagship brand for the largest fashion retailer in the world, Inditex Group. The lawsuit alleges that Zara discriminated against and then fired its in-house counsel, Ian Jack Miller, because he is Jewish, American, and gay. The case seeks damages for creating a hostile work environment, pay discrimination, and unlawful and retaliatory termination based on Mr. Miller’s nationality, religion, and sexual orientation.

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Jamaica Colosseum Mall Gender Discrimination Case

The complaint alleges that two supervisors of the mall’s cleaning and security staff sexually assaulted, threatened, and stalked one of their employees, Sandra Douglas, as she tried to perform her job duties. When Ms. Douglas complained, the mall fired her. The Complaint further alleges that two months into her employment at JCM, the supervisor of JCM’s security team also began to sexually harass Ms. Douglas.

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Checking My Male Privilege at the Door to the Men’s Room – Part 2

Recapitulation: When last we left our narrator, he was engulfed in a line of rowdy males slowly (but not softly) creeping toward the men’s restroom at the Nassau Coliseum during a Ranger-Islander Hockey game. Our hero has spent 35 minutes in queue mode and, at last! The urinals are in sight. But then, a “hulking […]

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Checking My Male Privilege at the Door to the Men’s Room – Part 1

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Comet-Shmomet, Why We Still Need Feminism: A Debate About “ShirtStorm”

For one frozen instant, many of us on our gleaming blue jewel of a planet stood transfixed: enraptured and awestruck by a scrawny piece of machinery hurtling millions of miles from terra firma. It was the little engine that could, only this time for real. On Monday morning, November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency’s […]

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Frankie and Leo [Sinatra and Tolstoy, That Is] On Love and Marriage: Implications for Women in the Workplace

PART ONE Dear reader, I feel your pain. I hear your stupefied sputterings, your astonished mutterings, and most of all, your overwrought, tertullianesque declamations: “Tolstoy and Sinatra! What has Tolstoy to do with Sinatra?!” And what connection does any of this bear to women in the workplace, a central theme of “Shattering the Ceiling”? “Here” […]

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Women and Law School: Back to the Future

We start this post with the story of a solitary figure, someone who – like the lone protester facing the tanks of Tiananmen – decides to fight mountainous odds: in this case, centuries of gender bias against women. The year is 1875; the venue: Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin. Our protagonist-heroine is “Miss […]

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White-collar exemptions for blue-collar workers

Did you know that a worker can make wages below the federal poverty line (currently $23,850 for a family of four), work long hours performing mostly manual labor, and still not necessarily qualify for overtime pay?  Strange but true. The federal wage and hour law (the Fair Labor Standards Act, or “FLSA”) celebrated its 75th anniversary […]

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Reasoning Beats Cussing: Or, Your Demographic is Not Your Destiny

I’m a well-weathered veteran of the lawsuit wars, with nearly 35 years of experience under my fluctuating beltline. For most of my professional life, I’ve played David to Goliath. My clients are employees victimized by some of this country’s largest corporations. On behalf of these clients, and with some measure of success, I’ve sued corporate […]

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