Aniko R. Schwarcz is an attorney in Cohen Milstein’s Civil Rights & Employment practice where she serves as director of case development. She investigates and develops new cases involving the antidiscrimination provisions of Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the Fair Housing Act, as well as wage theft issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.
With over a decade of experience in employment law, interviewing and working with clients and witnesses and assessing the legal claims of prospective class members, Aniko directs and oversees the intake and evaluation of the firm’s civil rights-related inquiries and case referrals. She also onboards, educates, and supports clients throughout the class action litigation process, from investigation through resolution.
Aniko’s multi-disciplinary training and experience contribute to her unique insight and broad capacity for understanding both the social-emotional and economic effects of workplace discrimination.
She has been involved in matters on behalf of:
- Female Retail Employees – Investigation of pregnancy and gender-based discrimination in violation of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII.
- LGBTQ+ Employees – Investigation into denial of coverage for gender affirming healthcare.
- Detained Immigrants – Investigation into wage theft at Federal administrative detention facility.
- Individuals Seeking Treatment for Substance Use Disorder – Investigation into wage theft at adult rehabilitation centers.
She also represents others, including non-profit organizations, in conducting internal workplace investigations.
Aniko played a key role in Jock, et al. v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. (A.A.A.; S.D.N.Y.), a nationwide Title VII gender discrimination and Equal Pay Act case, in which the parties agreed to settle in 2022. She interviewed and collected affidavits from hundreds of the company’s retail workers, which were produced in support of the team’s successful motion for class certification. Aniko also interviewed and filed hundreds of EEOC charges on behalf of former class members in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
- Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
- Aniko works with nonprofit co-counsel on behalf of a client who was denied healthcare pursuant to a state law abortion ban.
- Social Work Fellow in Advocacy Programs, Alliance for Justice
- Board of Directors, Workplace Fairness