Iris Halpern

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Fax: 303–578-4401

Email: ih@rmlawyers.com

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Iris Halpern is an attor­ney at Rathod Mohamedb­hai LLC. Her prac­tice focuses on employ­ment dis­crim­i­na­tion and con­sti­tu­tional civil rights lit­i­ga­tion. Iris has been pas­sion­ately fight­ing for plain­tiffs and their civil rights for her entire legal career.

Before com­ing to Rathod Mohamedb­hai, Iris worked as a trial attor­ney for over seven years, ulti­mately serv­ing as the Senior Trial Attor­ney and an Act­ing Super­vi­sory Attor­ney in the Den­ver Field Office of the Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­nity Com­mis­sion. At the EEOC, Iris’ work focused on seek­ing relief for vic­tims, fre­quently in sys­temic and large class cases, under fed­eral anti dis­crim­i­na­tion statutes includ­ing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act, and the Age Dis­crim­i­na­tion in Employ­ment Act. She was the lead trial attor­ney for the EEOC on sev­eral lengthy tri­als, includ­ing a three-week jury trial in the case EEOC v. Jet­Stream Ground Ser­vices, a failure-to-hire reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion and accom­mo­da­tion case, and a one-month bench trial in EEOC v. JBS Swift & Co., a case involv­ing hun­dreds of Mus­lim vic­tims who were denied reli­gious accom­mo­da­tion and were sus­pended or ter­mi­nated from work because of their accom­mo­da­tion requests. Iris has also worked on many large class sex­ual harass­ment cases, includ­ing sev­eral involv­ing fif­teen or more vic­tims, and was awarded the Col­orado Trial Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion Case of the Year Award in 2016 for the sex­ual harass­ment and national ori­gin dis­crim­i­na­tion case EEOC and Bal­tazar et al v. Vail Run Com­mu­nity Resort Asso­ci­a­tion.

Iris has been active in seek­ing to have the LGBTQ community’s rights rec­og­nized under fed­eral anti dis­crim­i­na­tion laws. At the EEOC, she par­tic­i­pated in some of the Commission’s first law­suits request­ing that courts rec­og­nize trans­gen­der sta­tus as falling within the mean­ing of “sex” under Title VII, includ­ing serv­ing as lead attor­ney on the case EEOC v. Deluxe Finan­cial, Corp., a case which resulted in a con­sent decree rec­og­niz­ing the right of trans­gen­der employ­ees to use a restroom com­men­su­rate with their gen­der iden­tity. Iris also filed the EEOC’s first fed­eral law­suit on behalf of a trans­gen­der appli­cant in Col­orado in the case EEOC v. A&E Tire, Co. For her ded­i­ca­tion, pas­sion, and work at the EEOC, Iris received the 2016 Chair’s Honor Award.

Iris has pub­lished widely on var­i­ous legal top­ics, par­tic­u­larly in elec­tronic dis­cov­ery in employ­ment dis­crim­i­na­tion cases. She co-authored the chap­ter on a plaintiff’s per­spec­tive on e-discovery in the Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (ABA) & Bloomberg BNA trea­tise WORKPLACE DATA: LAW AND LITIGATION. She was also a Ful­bright Scholar in Toronto, Canada, com­par­ing Cana­dian and U.S. legal regimes in employ­ment, crim­i­nal, and immi­gra­tion law to for­mu­late best prac­tices for migrant domes­tic workers.

Ear­lier in her legal career, Iris worked as a legal ser­vices attor­ney for Legal Ser­vices of Cen­tral New York and did human rights advo­cacy at the Human Rights Project with the Urban Jus­tice Cen­ter in New York City. Before law school, Iris trav­elled to over a dozen states as a union orga­nizer with the Ser­vice Employ­ees Inter­na­tional Union, work­ing on grass­roots orga­niz­ing cam­paigns with employ­ees who wished to form unions.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • School of Law, Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, Juris Doc­tor­ate (2008)
  • Tufts Uni­ver­sity, Mass­a­chu­setts, Bach­e­lor of Arts, Eng­lish & Women’s Stud­ies (2002)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • EEOC et al. v. JBS USA, LLC, d/b/a JBS Swift & Co., Civ. No. 1:10-cv-02103 (D. Colo) (Pattern-or-practice class-based Reli­gious, Race, and National Ori­gin Dis­crim­i­na­tion includ­ing Dis­charge, Fail­ure to Accom­mo­date, and Retaliation)
  • EEOC et al. v. A&E Tire, Co., Civ. No. 1:17-cv-02362 (D. Colo.) (Trans­gen­der Sex Dis­crim­i­na­tion, Fail­ure to Hire)
  • EEOC v. Columbine Health Sys­tems et al., Civ. No. 1:15-cv-01597 (D. Colo.) (Class-based National Ori­gin and Race Dis­crim­i­na­tion in Dis­charge, includ­ing Dis­parate Impact (Test­ing) and Dis­parate Treatment)
  • EEOC v. Mon­trose Memo­r­ial Hos­pi­tal, Civ. No. 1:16-cv-02277 (D. Colo.) (Class-based Age Dis­crim­i­na­tion in Discharge)
  • EEOC et al. v. Deluxe Finan­cial, Corp., Civ. No. 15-cv-02646 (D. Minn.) (Trans­gen­der Sex Dis­crim­i­na­tion, Hos­tile Work Envi­ron­ment and Dis­parate Treatment)
  • EEOC et al. v. Jet­Stream Ground Ser­vices, Civ. No. 1:13-cv-02340 (D. Colo) (Class-based Reli­gious Dis­crim­i­na­tion, Failure-to-Hire, Fail­ure to Accom­mo­date, and Retaliation)
  • EEOC et al. v. Vail Run Com­mu­nity Resort Asso­ci­a­tion, Civ. No. 1:15-cv-01592 (D. Colo.) (Class-based Sex­ual Harass­ment, National Ori­gin Dis­crim­i­na­tion and Retaliation)
  • EEOC et al. v. Smokin’ Spuds, Inc. d/b/a Moun­tainK­ing Pota­toes, Civ. No. 1:14–02206 (D. Colo.) (Class-based Sex­ual Harassment)
  • EEOC et al. v. BOK Finan­cial Corp. d/b/a Bank of Albu­querque, Civ. No. 11-cv-01132 (D.N.M.) (Multi-plaintiff Sex and Age Dis­crim­i­na­tion in Discharge) 
  • EEOC et al. v. The Orig­i­nal Hon­ey­Baked Ham Com­pany of Geor­gia, Inc., Civ. No. 1:14–02560 (D. Colo.) (Class-based Sex­ual Harassment)
  • EEOC et al. v. the Spud Seller, Inc., Civ. No. 10-cv-02381 (D. Colo) (Class-based sex­ual harassment)
  • EEOC et al. v. Maverik County Stores, Civ. No. 10-cv-00212 (D. Wyo.)  (ADA dis­crim­i­na­tion because of HIV-status, includ­ing Dis­charge)     
  • EEOC v. The Cole­man Co., Civ. No. 1:16-mc-00001 (D. Colo.) (Agency Sub­poena Enforce­ment Action under the ADA and for Nation­wide Use of Sus­pect Sep­a­ra­tion Agreement)
  • EEOC v. Dish Net­work, LLC, Civ. No. 1:13-cv-03294 (D. Colo.) (Agency Sub­poena Enforce­ment Action in Nation­wide Inves­ti­ga­tion Under the ADA)

AWARDS

  • Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­nity Com­mis­sion Chair’s Honor Award (2016)
  • Col­orado Trial Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion (CTLA) Case of the Year, EEOC et al. v. Vail Run Resorts (2016)
  • Award of Ser­vice to the Gov­ern­ment of the United States of Amer­ica (2015)
  • United States-Canada Ful­bright Scholar, United States Ful­bright Com­mis­sion (2009–2010)

PUBLICATIONS

  • E-Discovery in the Work­place: Employee Per­spec­tive, in Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (ABA) & Bloomberg BNA 2014 Trea­tise Sup­ple­ment WORKPLACE DATA: LAW AND LITIGATION (Robert Sprague ed., 2014)
  • E-Discovery in the Work­place: Employee Per­spec­tive, in Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (ABA) & Bloomberg BNA Trea­tise WORKPLACE DATA: LAW AND LITIGATION (Robert Sprague ed., 2013)
  • Tam­ing the Dig­i­tal Demon, A Prac­ti­cal Guide for Man­ag­ing Aggres­sive ESI Dis­cov­ery Requests from Defen­dants (Work­ing Paper), National Employ­ment Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion, The Sum­mit for Work­ers’ Rights (Jan­u­ary 2013)
  • Rape, Incest, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mock­ing­bird: On Alabama’s Legal Con­struc­tion of Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity in the Con­text of Racial Sub­or­di­na­tion, Colum­bia Jour­nal of Gen­der and Law (Vol­ume 18, Issue 3, 2009)
  • Trac­ing the Con­tours of Transna­tional Cor­po­ra­tions’ Human Rights Oblig­a­tions in the Twenty-First Cen­tury, Buf­falo Human Rights Law Review (Vol­ume 14, 2008)
  • Increas­ing Health­care Cov­er­age for Women of Color in the Work­place: A pro­posal for Leg­isla­tive Change in Labor Law (Stu­dent Note), Berke­ley Jour­nal of Gen­der, Law & Jus­tice, (Vol­ume 21, 2006)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • One Col­orado, Board Mem­ber & C4 Chair 
  • Col­orado Bar Association
  • Col­orado Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Civil Rights Sec­tion Leg­isla­tive Liaison
  • Col­orado Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Labor & Employ­ment Section
  • Col­orado Plain­tiff Employ­ment Lawyers Association 
  • Col­orado Women’s Bar Association
  • Col­orado LGBT Bar Association
  • Col­orado Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Lawyers’ Civil Rights Coalition 
  • Col­orado Wage Theft Task Force 
  • Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­nity Com­mis­sion, LGBT Work­ing Group (Former)

ACADEMIC LECTURING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Sex­ual His­tory Ques­tions Under FRE 412, PELA Brown Bag CLE (Feb­ru­ary 2017)
  • Hot Top­ics in Employ­ment Law, EEOC Updates, Col­orado Bar Asso­ci­a­tion CLE (Decem­ber 2016)
  • HIRE Den­ver, Crim­i­nal Con­vic­tion His­tory and Employ­ment, Com­mu­nity Panel (2016)
  • Cit­i­zens Acad­emy, Employ­ment Dis­crim­i­na­tion, Town of Vail Police Depart­ment Com­mu­nity Train­ing (2016)
  • Employ­ment Dis­crim­i­na­tion and Your Rights, El Cen­tro Human­i­tario, Train­ing for Day Labor­ers (2016)
  • Employ­ment Dis­crim­i­na­tion Law and Human Traf­fick­ing, 7th Annual Human Traf­fick­ing Sym­po­sium, Human Traf­fick­ing Task Force of South­ern Col­orado (Octo­ber 2014)
  • LGBT Employ­ment Dis­crim­i­na­tion, Train­ing for the City and County of Den­ver (2013)

LANGUAGES

  • Span­ish (proficient)
  • Hebrew

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • *Col­orado (appli­ca­tion pending)
  • New York
  • Mass­a­chu­setts
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court Dis­trict of Colorado
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the North­ern Dis­trict of New York