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About WF
Board of Directors

The Workplace Fairness Board of Directors comprises professionals from the nonprofit and for-profit sector who are dedicated to the organization’s mission of workers’ rights advocacy. Serving on the Workplace Fairness Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about advocating for workers’ rights.

We are currently recruiting for diverse leaders to join our board. We are especially looking for Board members with expertise in the following areas: fundraising, web development/online marketing, workers’ rights advocacy, Board development and finance/accounting.

View the volunteer board position description »

For an application packet, please email us at [email protected].

Meet our Board of Directors

President
Wayne Outten
Outten & Golden LLP
New York, NY

Wayne N. Outten is one of the founders of Workplace Fairness, formerly known as the National Employee Rights Institute (NERI) and has remained involved in various capacities since 1994. 

Wayne has committed himself, through Workplace Fairness and many other organizations, to advocating for workers’ rights nationwide.

Wayne is the Founder and Chair (and former Managing Partner) of Outten & Golden LLP. His practice focuses exclusively on representing employees. He co-chairs the firm’s Executives and Professionals Practice Group. his practice focuses on representing senior employees and professionals in all aspects of employment, including negotiation of employment, compensation, severance, expatriate, and secondment agreements. His notable recoveries include $12 million in a discrimination/retaliation case, $18.9 million in a breach-of-contract case, and $72.0 million in a compensation case.

His Recognitions include “Best Lawyers in America”; Top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers; Best Lawyer's "Lawyer of the Year 2010" for Labor and Employment Law - NYC and "Lawyer of the Year 2012" for Litigation - Labor and Employment in NYC; Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America; Lawdragon's 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America; and Lawdragon "legend."

Wayne is also a founding member and/or leader in many organizations, including National Employment Lawyers Association and its New York affiliate, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section (Chair, 2015-2016). He has lectured and written extensively on negotiation, mediation and arbitration of employment disputes and on employment and severance agreements.

More at http://www.outtengolden.com/lawyer-attorney/wayne-n-outten.

Vice President
Darnley D. Stewart
Outten & Golden, LLP
New York, NY

Darnley D. Stewart has served as Vice President for Workplace Fairness since 2013. She is Of Counsel at Outten & Golden LLP in New York. As a former partner at that firm, she co-chaired the Discrimination & Retaliation Practice Group and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Workplace Rights Practice Group. Darnley is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) and its New York affiliate (“NELA/NY”).

More at http://www.outtengolden.com/lawyer-attorney/darnley-d-stewart.

Vice President
Frederick Gittes
Gittes Law Group
Columbus, OH

Frederick M. Gittes is Vice President of the Board of Workplace Fairness and has been with the organization for 16 years, lending his expertise in both employment law topics and board leadership. He is former president of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Ohio Association for Justice. He was appointed Chair of the Civil Rights Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association for five years and elected Chairperson of the OSBA's Labor and Employment Law Section. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for over twenty years, in areas of practice including Employment Law, First Amendment Law and Communications Law. Fred has been honored in Ohio Super Lawyers for over a decade, including selections as one of the top 100 lawyers in Ohio and top 50 in Columbus.

More at http://www.gitteslaw.com/frederick-gittes.

Secretary 
Walt Auvil 
Rusen & Auvil, PLLC 
Parkersburg, WV

Walt Auvil is another long-time member of the board and supporter of Workplace Fairness. He is the current Managing Attorney of The Employment Law Center, PLLC, since 1989. His practice is focused on representation of employees in employment-related litigation. He was Law Clerk at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals from 1981 to 1983. Publications include Employment at Will, A State-by-State Survey. Mr. Auvil is also Chair, WV State Bar Employment Law Committee of the West Virginia State Bar.

More at https://www.linkedin.com/in/waltauvil.

 

Treasurer
Shireen Mitchell
Digital Sisters, Inc. and Stop Online Violence Against Women
Washington, DC

Shireen Mitchell offers Workplace Fairness her expertise as a non-profit board member, as well as in digital communications and social media. She is an award winning technological woman of color, founder, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, advocate, diversity analyst, and a political, digital & social strategist. Shireen is a native New Yorker who spent time playing video games, and designing BBS boards and gopher sites before the Web went worldwide. Shireen has served as a nonprofit board member for over a decade. She is currently on the boards of Workplace Fairness, Center for Partnership Studies, and Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations.

More at https://about.me/digitalsista.

Heidi M. Allison
Allison & Taylor, Inc.
Rochester Hills, MI

Heidi Allison is a leading authority in the career and employment arena, serving as a board member for the last 10 years with Workplace Fairness.

She has 17 + years of expertise in developing sustainable businesses and websites, and has combined her Internet and strategic communications experience with her desire to help those in professional need with their employment and travel-related issues. While she has counseled countless world-class clients in their efforts to build and enhance beneficial relationships with their respective publics, Heidi has identified Workplace Fairness as a critical organization receiving a vast amount of media inquiries due to their extraordinary mission.

She currently manages several firms including Allison & Taylor, Inc. The Career Company, CruiseCompete and Shane PR. As well, she is an accomplished author, international consultant and avid traveler who is a recognized expert on the subject of eco-tourism. 

 

More at https://www.allisontaylor.com/ and https://www.allisontaylor.com/blog/alexandra-allison-bio/.

Fran L. Rudich
Klafter Olsen & Lesser LLP
Rye Brook, NY

Fran Rudich serves on the board for Workplace Fairness, lending her unique expertise in employment law, particularly in the class action arena. Fran concentrates her practice in complex litigation and class action matters, with a particular emphasis in representing employees in all aspects of employment law, particularly sexual harassment, various issues of discrimination, and cases involving violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act, and state wage and hour statutes. Fran has been the lead attorney in numerous multi-million dollar employment discrimination jury verdicts against major national entities and corporations.

More at http://klafterolsen.com/attorneys/fran-l-rudich/.

Shannon E. Rusz
Rusz Legal Services
Annapolis, MD 

Shannon Rusz is a practicing attorney in Maryland and has been affiliated with Workplace Fairness for many years in various capacities. In addition to her law practice she was on the staff of Workplace Fairness for five years, helping to grow the organization and reach the workers that can use our services. Shannon believes that workers need and deserve access to free, easy to ready information about their rights in the workplace. As a member of the board she hopes she can help to expand the reach of WF's services and continue helping workers across the country. 

More at https://ruszlegal.com/.

Rebecca M. Hamburg
Los Angeles, CA

Rebecca M. Hamburg is the founder and principal consultant for Rebecca Hamburg Consulting. She empowers organizations with the tools and knowledge to achieve their vision for a better world. Through strategic planning, workshops, and project management support, Rebecca enables both nonprofits and foundations to be agents of change. She provides guidance that assists grant makers in understanding how they can support and engage in advocacy and other nonprofit organizations to engage their communities in public policy efforts through an understanding of federal tax and election law.

Recognizing that systemic change is a long-term investment, Rebecca also emboldens nonprofits to put their vision into action by developing goals that maximize their capacity to serve as agents of change. She supports organizations to design, develop, analyze, and evaluate programs, projects, and activities through setting specific goals and meeting criteria for success. 

Prior to starting her consulting firm, Rebecca served as the West Coast Director for Alliance for Justice, a national nonprofit committed to ensuring that Americans have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives, and the Program Director of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the country’s largest organization of lawyers who exclusively or primarily represent employees in employment-related matters. She also spent several years litigating cases on behalf of public and private employees around the country, as well as victims of civil and human rights abuses. Rebecca received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. She is the proud mom of Rowen and Killian, and an avid yarn-lover.

More at https://www.rebeccahamburgconsulting.com/

Barry Seng
Washington, D.C.

Barry Seng brings his expertise in development, digital strategy, and youth outreach to Workplace Fairness. Barry currently works as a Business Transformation Consultant at EY, helping clients solve their pressing needs to better serve their customers. Barry has experience officiating microgrant programs, revamping organizations’ digital strategies, and connecting youth advocates with resources and organizations. Barry graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Minors in Spanish and Art History. At Workplace Fairness, Barry plans to expand programming and resources, connect with labor rights activists, and support workers.  

More at https://www.linkedin.com/in/barryseng/

 

Founders

Wayne Outten
Outten & Golden, LLP
New York, NY

Wayne N. Outten is one of the founders of Workplace Fairness, formerly known as the National Employee Rights Institute (NERI), and has remained involved in various capacities since 1994. Wayne has committed himself, through Workplace Fairness and many other organizations, to advocating for workers’ rights nationwide.

Wayne is founding and managing partner of Outten & Golden LLP. His practice focuses exclusively on representing employees. He co-chairs the firm’s Executives and Professionals Practice Group. his practice focuses on representing senior employees and professionals in all aspects of employment, including negotiation of employment, compensation, severance, expatriate, and secondment agreements. His notable recoveries include $12 million in a discrimination/retaliation case, $18.9 million in a breach-of-contract case, and $72.0 million in a compensation case.

His Recognitions include “Best Lawyers in America”; Top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers; Best Lawyer's "Lawyer of the Year 2010" for Labor and Employment Law - NYC and "Lawyer of the Year 2012" for Litigation - Labor and Employment in NYC; Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2006); Lawdragon's 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America (2007); and Lawdragon "legend" (2015).

Wayne is also a founding member and/or leader in many organizations, including National Employment Lawyers Association and its New York affiliate, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section (Chair, 2015-2016). He has lectured and written extensively on negotiation, mediation and arbitration of employment disputes and on employment and severance agreements.

Paul Tobias
Tobias, Kraus & Torchia
Cincinnati, OH

Paul Tobias is one of the founders of Workplace Fairness where he formerly served as the Chair. He has been a dedicated and active advocate for workers’ rights nationwide over the years. Paul is the founder of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) (Advocates for Employee Rights) and served as its first Executive Director. He is also Chairman and Editor of the newsletter, The Employee Advocate. He is the author of a three volume work: Litigating Wrongful Discharge Claims (Callaghan/West 1987), the co-author of Job Rights and Survival Strategies - A Handbook for Terminated Employees (Workplace Fairness 1997), the past executive producer for Workplace Fairness’ Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide (Authors Passman & Kaplan law firm)(1999) and the past Editor-in-Chief of Workplace Fairness' Employee Rights Quarterly (Aspen Publishers July 2000 first issue).

Paul and Marvin Kraus, his childhood friend from the Cincinnati neighborhood of Walnut Hills, founded Tobias & Kraus in 1976. He specialized in labor and employment law for more than 50 years, having represented companies, unions, and individuals. He specialized in advising and litigating for individuals including wrongful dismissal and discrimination cases. He is the author of ten published articles in the field of labor and employment law, and has made over 150 presentations to Bar Association and other groups concerning employee rights. After a wonderful career of more than 50 years of practicing law, Paul is now retired.




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