Miriam R. Nemeth is an Associate in Cohen Milstein’s Civil Rights & Employment practice group.  Ms. Nemeth’s practice focuses on civil rights, employment discrimination, and wage and hour collective and class actions, many of which include complex joint employer issues.  In addition, she has experience litigating civil lawsuits involving police misconduct, government abuse of power, and prisoners’ rights. 

Following law school, Ms. Nemeth served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable David M. Lawson on the Eastern District of Michigan.

Currently, Ms. Nemeth is involved in the following notable matters:

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill Litigation: Cohen Milstein represents 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.  The lawsuit alleges that Chipotle violated the law by misclassifying its apprentices as exempt from overtime and failing to pay them premium overtime wages on that basis.
  • Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (MTM): Cohen Milstein represents non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) drivers in a putative class action, alleging that their employer, MTM, knowingly and willfully failed to pay proper wages to its NEMT drivers across Washington, D.C. under federal and District of Columbia law. This lawsuit involves vertical joint employment issues between MTM and its subcontractors.
  • McDonald’s Litigation:  Cohen Milstein represents McDonald’s crew members in several wage and hour class actions asserting that McDonald’s regularly fails to pay workers for all the hours they work by denying them legally mandated meal and rest breaks, payments for missed breaks, and assistance with uniform maintenance, amongst other claims. In several of these lawsuits, plaintiffs allege that McDonald’s is liable for damages as a joint employer of the workers and the franchises.
  • Public Partnerships, LLC: Cohen Milstein represents “direct care” workers, who provide home care for the elderly or individuals with disabilities, in a class action lawsuit alleging that Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL) violated federal and Pennsylvania state law when it denied or underpaid overtime wages to direct care workers it employed.  This lawsuit seeks to hold PPL liable for these wages as one of the workers’ employers.
  • Temporary Employment Staffing Agency Litigation:  Cohen Milstein represents African-American workers in a series of class actions against employment staffing agencies in Chicago.  The suits allege a pattern of race discrimination against African-American laborers in the staffing and assignment of workers by temporary staffing agencies to their client companies. Plaintiffs are seeking to hold both staffing agencies and the client companies they serve liable as joint employers.
  • Transgender Health Care Coverage Cases:  Cohen Milstein represents LGBT individuals in their claims of sex discrimination in the denial of access to health care coverage for transition-related care.
  • Pro Bono:  Ms. Nemeth has a strong commitment to pro bono work.  She currently represents a Washington, D.C. resident in her application for disability benefits for a debilitating genetic condition.  Ms. Nemeth is also representing medical transportation drivers in a hybrid collective and class action, stemming from the defendants’ willful failure to pay plaintiffs minimum and overtime wages in violation of the FLSA and state labor laws.

Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2015, Ms. Nemeth practiced at a civil rights litigation boutique in Detroit, MI.  Cases she litigated included a race discrimination lawsuit against a police department on behalf of five African-American men who were the victims of gang violence, as well as a racial profiling claim on behalf of a woman who was removed from an airplane based on her race.  She also represented a jail inmate who suffered permanent injuries from a corrections officer’s assault and a family who received false information about the death of their son during his employment with a private security contractor.

Ms. Nemeth is a graduate cum laude of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  There, she served as a Comments Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and co-directed the Prisoners’ Legal Education Project, a student-run clinic that worked with inmates in a maximum security facility in Pennsylvania.   She also received the 2009 Benjamin R. Jones Memorial Award for Contributions to the Public Interest.  During law school, Ms. Nemeth interned with the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the D.C. Public Defender Service’s Mental Health Division.  Before attending law school, Ms. Nemeth graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University’s Honors Program with a double-major in English and Psychology.

Following law school, Ms. Nemeth served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable David M. Lawson on the Eastern District of Michigan.

Ms. Nemeth is an active member of the American Constitution Society and has been named a Next Generation Leader and a Public Interest Fellow by that organization. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Public Justice Center (PJC) and Co-Chair of PJC’s Lawyers Alliance (2017 – 2018).

  • Associate, Goodman & Hurwitz, P.C., Detroit, Michigan
  • Next Generation Leader and Public Interest Fellow, American Constitution Society
  • Member, Board of Directors, Public Justice Center (2018)
  • Co-Chair, Public Justice Center’s Lawyers Alliance (2017 – 2018)
  • Recognized by D.C. Access to Justice Commission and D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center in the 2016 Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll for completing more than 100 hours of pro bono service