Harini Srinivasan is an associate in Cohen Milstein's Civil Rights & Employment Litigation practice and co-chair of the firm’s Hiring & Diversity Committee.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Srinivasan was an associate at a highly respected plaintiff-focused employment litigation firm, where she represented clients in employment discrimination cases involving claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and state and federal wage theft statutes.
Prior to working in private practice, Ms. Srinivasan was a Georgetown Law Center Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow and worked at the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Ms. Srinivasan Is working on the following notable cases:
- Harris, et al. v. Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (D.D.C.): Cohen Milstein represents non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) drivers in a certified class action alleging that their employer, Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (MTM), knowingly and willfully failed to pay proper wages to its NEMT drivers across Washington, D.C. This lawsuit seeks to hold MTM liable as a joint employer of the drivers.
- Talarico, et al. v. Public Partnerships, LLC (E.D. Pa.): Cohen Milstein is leading a conditionally certified collective action of more than 4,900 past and present “direct care” workers, who provide home care for individuals with disabilities, for denied overtime wages. The case involves novel joint employer issues.
- Allen, et al. v. AT&T Mobility Services LLC (N.D. Ga.): Cohen Milstein and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project represent former AT&T Mobility sales representatives in a novel pregnancy discrimination class action alleging that AT&T Mobility’s “point” system for tardiness or absenteeism violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act, among others.
- Temporary Employment Staffing Agency Litigation (N.D. Ill.): Cohen Milstein is involved in a series of race-based discrimination class actions in Chicago, representing African-American laborers who allege that their temporary staffing agencies and their factory-clients engaged in a repeated and collusive practice of excluding African Americans from temporary laborer positions.
Ms. Srinivasan was involved in the following high-profile cases:
- Jock, et al. v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. (A.A.A.; S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein represented a certified class of more than 69,000 female employees of Sterling Jewelers, one of the nation's largest jewelry chains, in a nationwide Title VII gender discrimination and Equal Pay Act class arbitration. Claimants alleged that they were subjected to a pattern of gender-based pay and promotions discrimination. On November 15, 2022, the Arbitrator granted final approval of a $175 million settlement.
- Alvarez et al. v. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. et al. (D.N.J.): Cohen Milstein represented a class of managerial apprentices at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in New Jersey who were denied the overtime pay to which they were entitled under federal and state law, including the newly enacted 2016 Overtime Rule, which was slated to take effect in December 2016 and would have doubled the salary threshold for executive, administrative and professional workers to be exempt from overtime pay requirements. On September 20, 2021, the Court approved a $15 million settlement against Chipotle to resolve the class claims and end the lawsuit.
Ms. Srinivasan has authored and co-authored several articles for Law360 and Corporate Compliance Insight.
Ms. Srinivasan received her B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago, and she received her J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law, where she was on the editorial staff of the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy.