Steven G. Zieff
(415) 434-9800 x5644
Areas of Practice: Employment law, including overtime class action lawsuits, wrongful termination, and discrimination cases on behalf of employees.
In addition to successfully representing individuals in employment matters, Mr. Zieff is at the forefront of enforcing wage and hour laws. He has served as lead counsel in many wage and hour class actions in which he has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and judgments. The illegal employment practices challenged by these class actions include: the refusal to pay statutorily required overtime pay; the employer?s refusal to reimburse employees for necessary employment expenses; and illegal ?use-it-or-lose-it? vacation policies. In 2001, Mr. Zieff obtained the largest overtime judgment in United States legal history in the landmark case ? Bell v. Farmers Insurance Exchange. In the Bell case, Mr. Zieff represented over 2400 employees, eventually obtaining recoveries of about $200 million in the Bell case. Mr. Zieff was also lead counsel in a nationwide case against Farmers resulting in judgments totaling over $52 million. Mr. Zieff has been instrumental in obtaining multi-million settlements in overtime class actions against other companies, obtaining recoveries for workers in the insurance, grocery, service and retail industries. Mr. Zieff is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law, an honorary society, and has written and spoken extensively on a wide variety of employment law issues. Mr. Zieff is a recipient of the 2001 CLAY Award - California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Employment Law. Mr. Zieff was also named by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top 100" Lawyers in California in September 2002. He is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the California Employment Lawyers Association.
J.D., University of Calfiornia at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1978
A.B., with honors, Brown University, 1974
Bell v. Farmers Insurance Exchange (2004) 115 Cal.App.4th 715, prior history at (2001) 87 Cal.App.4th 805 ? jury verdict on July 10, 2001 for over $90 million in damages phase of overtime class action against Farmers Insurance Exchange brought on behalf of personal lines claims adjusters, eventually resulting in payments of approximately $200 million.
Farmers MDL - lead counsel in nationwide class and collective action under federal and state laws brought on behalf of approximately 2800 claims adjusters working in states across the country, resulting in judgments (now on appeal) totaling over $52 million.
Giannetto v. Computer Science Corporation - $24 million settlement in overtime class action brought on behalf of computer maintenance workers with co-counsel.
Breaux v. Agency Rent-A-Car - following successful class action trial determining that officers, managers and assistant office managers were entitled to overtime pay; case settled for in excess of $8 million.
Kerr v. Snap-On, Inc. - class action brought on behalf of employees seeking unreimbursed expenses under California Labor Code Sec. 2802 resulted in a settlement of $8.4 million.
Addvensky v. Corporate Express Delivery Systems, Inc. - $ 9.75 million settlement on behalf of same-day delivery drivers, raising claims for failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay overtime and failure to reimburse necessary business expenses.
Stephens v. Coldwell Banker Commercial Group (1988) 199 Cal.App.3d 1394 ? appellate court upheld the jury's punitive damage award to an employee who was discriminated against on the basis of his age.
Keyhea v. Rushen (1986) 178 Cal.App.3d 526 ? injunction affirmed by court of appeal that vindicated state prisoners' right to be free from forced drugging without first being afforded specific procedural protections.