Aniko R. Schwarcz is an attorney in the Civil Rights and Employment Practice group. She also serves as Director of Civil Rights and Employment Case Development. In that capacity she investigates and develops new cases, and works with other members of the Practice Group to advance litigation. Ms. Schwarcz is often the first point of professional contact for prospective clients and other referral sources, and she has extensive experience working with current and prospective class members.
At present, Ms. Schwarcz is working on cases involving claims of sex discrimination within municipal agencies, access to health care for LGBT Federal employees, Equal Pay Act claims, and others. In her recent work on Jock et al v. Sterling Jewelers Inc., a nationwide Title VII gender discrimination and Equal Pay Act case currently in arbitration, Ms. Schwarcz played an key role interviewing and collecting affidavits from prospective class members, which were produced in support of the successful motion for class certification. Prior to that, Ms. Schwarcz interviewed and filed hundreds of EEOC charges on behalf of former class members in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. case.
Ms. Schwarcz attended Vanderbilt University, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Social Policy, and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Ms. Schwarcz, a practicing attorney, also holds an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Her social work training provides her with deeper insight and a broadened capacity for understanding both the social and economic effects of workplace discrimination on the firm’s clients.