Jahan Sagafi

Jahan Sagafi

  • Employment Law
  • California
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Summary

JAHAN C. SAGAFI is the partner-in-charge of the firm’s San Francisco office, where he represents workers in employment class actions challenging discrimination, wage and hour abuses, Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, and other types of exploitation. He has won a jury trial for a nationwide class of approximately 1,000 technical support workers, an en banc appeal in the Ninth Circuit, and many settlements to recover backpay for overtime compensation, meal and rest breaks, vacation benefits, discriminatory pay and promotion gaps, and more.

Mr. Sagafi has represented a wide array of workers throughout the country, including HVAC service technicians, corporate instructors, financial advisers and trainees, security officers temp staffing workers, cashiers, call center customer service representatives, counselors, drivers, and many others.

During his career, he has recovered well over $100 million for workers, asserting claims against transportation companies (e.g., Uber, Lyft, Hertz, GlobalTranz), tech companies (e.g., AT&T, IBM, Computer Sciences Corp.), banks (e.g., Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney), retailers (e.g., Walmart, Target, Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess?, Raley’s) healthcare companies (e.g., Permanente, Premera Blue Cross), an accounting firm (PwC), insurance companies (e.g., Travelers, Farmers), restaurants, and more.

In addition to his trial court work, Mr. Sagafi represents plaintiffs in appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, and other courts, addressing issues such as workers’ rights, arbitration agreements, class certification, standing, unfair and deceptive practices under California’s Unfair Competition Law, and FDA preemption. He has also volunteered to write amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.

Practice Area
  • Employment Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
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Languages
  • English
Education
Harvard Law School
J.D.
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Awards
500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
Lawdragon
Top Labor & Employment Lawyers 2016-2018
Daily Journal, Northern California
Super Lawyer’s Top Lists, Top 100 (2015-2018)
Super Lawyer
Northern California Super Lawyers 2014-2018
Super Lawyer
Daily Journal, Northern California
Leading Labor & Employment Attorney
Northern California Rising Stars (2009-2011)
Super Lawyer
"Top 20 Under 40" Lawyer
Daily Journal, California
Community Justice Award
Centro Legal De La Raza
Professional Associations
State Bar of California
Litigation Section Executive Committee Member
Current
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Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association
Member
Current
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National Employment Law Association
Member
Current
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American Association for Justice
Member
Current
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Consumer Attorneys of CA
Member
Current
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Bar Association of San Francisco
Judicial Evaluations Committee
Current
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Bar Association of San Francisco
Volunteer Attorney, Fee Dispute Arbitrator
Current
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Alliance for Justice
Board of Directors
- Current
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American Constitution Society
Member, Bay Area Lawyer Chapter Advisory Board
- Current
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Public Advocates Inc.
Board of Governors
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American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Chair of the Legal Committee
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American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Vice Chair of the Board
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American Constitution Society
Chair of the Executive Board of the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter
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American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Executive Committee
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American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Class-action settlements in an ever-more-crowded field
Plaintiff Magazine
Survey of State, Class Action Law 2015-16: A Report of the State Laws Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee of the American Bar Association
Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Assoc. v. U.S. Department of Labor, No. 13-35765 (9th Cir. Feb. 23, 2016); Joseph Cesarz et al. v. Wynn Las Vegas LLC et al., No. 14-15243 (9th Cir. Feb. 23, 2016) (consolidated opinion)
O&G Employment Law Blog
Spotting FLSA & California overtime exemption violations
Plaintiff Magazine
Survey of the State, Class Action Law – 2014-15; A Report of the State Laws Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
Sagafi Considers Limited Scope Of Integrity Staffing, Questions Likelihood Of Collective Bargaining For Private Sector Workers
Bloomberg BNA
Class Actions: A Path Through The Darkness
Plaintiff Magazine
Ten Things Every Trial Lawyer Must Know About Appeals
Plaintiff Magazine
Contact & Map
Partner
Outten & Golden LLP
One California Street, 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Telephone: (415) 638-8800
Fax: (415) 638-8810