People: Matthew Gagnon, Partner

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Matthew Gagnon

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5237
Fax: (312) 460-7237
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Mr. Gagnon is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A member of the Labor & Employment Department, he focuses his practice on Complex Discrimination and Wage and Hour Litigation.

Mr. Gagnon’s practice focuses on defending employers against complex class and collective action litigation arising under federal and state wage and hour  and anti-discrimination laws, as well as government-initiated investigations and litigation. He has extensive experience defending clients with a national presence in a wide range of industries, including franchisors, hospitality and restaurant companies, staffing companies, retailers, financial institutions, and education companies. His expertise covers the full scope of claims and theories arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, ADEA, and the ADA.

A significant portion of Mr. Gagnon’s practice entails litigation against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern or practice litigation. Mr. Gagnon has written extensively about complex discrimination topics and is the co-author of Seyfarth Shaw’s yearly analysis of key trends and developments in EEOC litigation, titled "EEOC-Initiated Litigation: Case Law Developments In 2015 And Trends To Watch For In 2016." When the EEOC has resorted to litigation, Mr. Gagnon has been instrumental in defending our clients against those high-profile, systemic cases to achieve efficient and effective case resolution.

Mr. Gagnon is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A member of the Labor & Employment Department, he focuses his practice on Complex Discrimination and Wage and Hour Litigation.

Mr. Gagnon’s practice focuses on defending employers against complex class and collective action litigation arising under federal and state wage and hour  and anti-discrimination laws, as well as government-initiated investigations and litigation. He has extensive experience defending clients with a national presence in a wide range of industries, including franchisors, hospitality and restaurant companies, staffing companies, retailers, financial institutions, and education companies. His expertise covers the full scope of claims and theories arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, ADEA, and the ADA.

A significant portion of Mr. Gagnon’s practice entails litigation against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern or practice litigation. Mr. Gagnon has written extensively about complex discrimination topics and is the co-author of Seyfarth Shaw’s yearly analysis of key trends and developments in EEOC litigation, titled "EEOC-Initiated Litigation: Case Law Developments In 2015 And Trends To Watch For In 2016." When the EEOC has resorted to litigation, Mr. Gagnon has been instrumental in defending our clients against those high-profile, systemic cases to achieve efficient and effective case resolution.

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law (2003)
    Articles Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (2000)

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

Representative Engagements

Representative Complex Discrimination Cases

  • EEOC v. Kaplan, No. 10-CV-2882 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Ohio) (EEOC pattern or practice case alleging race discrimination based on the use of credit histories in the application process for the hiring of employees).
  • EEOC v. Sterling Jewelers Inc., No. 08-CV-706 (U.S. District Court/Western District of New York) (ongoing representation in EEOC pattern or practice case alleging gender discrimination in pay and promotions).
  • EEOC v. Pine View Living, No. 11-CV-601 (U.S. District Court/Western District of Wisconsin) (EEOC pattern or practice case alleging race discrimination and retaliation).
  • Lucas, et al. v. Staffing Network, et al., No. 12-9672 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing representation in a class action involving race discrimination in hiring brought by applicants).
  • Wagner, et al. v. University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, No. 07-L-6097 (Superior Court of Essex County, New Jersey) (ongoing representation in class action alleging gender discrimination in faculty pay).

Representative Complex Wage and Hour Cases

  • Barrera, et al. v. Staffing Network Holding, LLC, et al., No. 13-CV-5889 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing representation in wage & hour class action alleging unpaid vacation pay, violations of the Illinois Minimum Wage Act, and miscellaneous wage & hour violations).
  • Bojang, et al. v. Capital Grille Holdings, Inc., et al., No. 12-CV-7814 (U.S. District Court/Southern District of New York) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action alleging wage and hour violations at restaurants).
  • Brunner, et al v. Liautaud, et al.,No. 14-CV-5509 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of a franchisor against class and collective action claims that use the FLSA and state wage and hour laws to mount a novel attack on the nature of the franchise relationship).
  • Chhab, et al. v. Darden Restaurants Inc., et al., No. 11-CV-8345 (U.S. District Court/Southern District of New York) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action alleging wage and hour violations at restaurants).
  • Craig, et al. v. Staffing Solutions Southeast, Inc. d/b/a Prologistix, No. 11-CV-3818 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of a FLSA collective action and state law class action brought by temporary employees alleging claims for vacation pay and violations of the Illinois Day & Temporary Labor Services Act).
  • Creal, et al. v. Staffing Solutions Southeast, Inc., et al., No. 13-CV-7592 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing representation in wage & hour class action alleging unpaid overtime pay, violations of the Illinois Minimum Wage Act, and miscellaneous wage & hour violations).
  • Esquivel v. The North Riverside Smokehouse, Inc., et al., No. 12-CV-8149 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action alleging wage and hour violations involving restaurant workers).
  • Galdamez, et al. v. Capital Grille Holdings, Inc., et al., No. 12-CV-660 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action alleging wage and hour violations involving restaurant workers).
  • Gonzalez, et al. v. Fidencio Mexican Fast Food Corp., et al., No. 12-CV-9991 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action alleging wage and hour violations involving restaurant workers).
  • Guzman, et al. v. Employment Plus, Inc., No. 13-CV-6710 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing representation in FCRA class action and FLSA collective action brought by employees alleging defendant’s failure to obtain authorization for procurement of employee’s consumer reports and unlawful deductions from employee’s wages for background checks).
  • Hardaway, et al. v. EmployBridge of Dallas, Inc., No. 11-CV-3200 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of a FLSA collective action and state law class action brought by temporary employees alleging claims for vacation pay and violations of the Illinois Day & Temporary Labor Services Act).
  • Hernandez, et al. v. Supermercado Torres, Inc., et al., No. 11-CV-6085 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action and state law class action brought by grocery store employees).
  • Hunter, et al. v. Jacobson Staffing Co., LLC, et al., No. 12-CV-3783 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of a FLSA collective action and state law class action brought by temporary employees alleging claims for vacation pay and violations of the Illinois Day & Temporary Labor Services Act).
  • Krylyuk, et al. v. Darden Restaurants, Inc., et al., No. 13-CV-6871 (U.S. District Court/Eastern District of Pennsylvania) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action and Pennsylvania class action alleging wage and hour violations at restaurants on a state-wide basis).
  • Mathis, et al. v. Darden Restaurants Inc., et al., No. 12-CV-61742 (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Florida) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action alleging wage and hour violations at restaurants).
  • Martinez, et al. v. Staffing Network, et al., No. 13-3181 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing representation in a class action involving temporary workers alleging claims for unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Illinois Minimum Wage Act).
  • McCaster, et al. v. Darden Restaurants, Inc., et al., No. 13-CV-8847 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing representation in a class action over unpaid vacation time and minimum wage violations).
  • Nieto, et al. v. The Original Granny’s, Inc., No. 12-CV-1103 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing representation in class action brought by restaurant employees alleging wage and hour violations).
  • Ramirez, et al. v. Staffing Network Holding, LLC, et al., No. 13-CV-6501 (N.D. Ill.) (ongoing representation in wage & hour class action involving temporary workers alleging claims of unpaid wages and overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Illinois Minimum Wage Act).
  • Romo, et al. v. GMRI, Inc., et al., No. 12-CV-715 (U.S. District Court/Central District of California) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action alleging wage and hour violations at restaurants).
  • Rosas, et al. v. Capital Grille Holdings, Inc., et al., No. 12-CV-9005 (U.S. District Court/Central District of California) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action alleging wage and hour violations at restaurants).
  • Schaefer, et al. v. Walker Bros., No. 10-CV-6366 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing representation in class action and collective action by current and former employees claiming wage & hour violations relative to failure to pay them earned minimum wages).
  • Vazquez, et al. v. Cake Production, Inc., et al., No.: 11-CV-8773 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing representation in collective action brought by employees alleging FLSA violations over wage and hours).
  • Vance, et al. v. Kelly Services, Inc., et al., No. 13-CV-765 (U.S. District Court/Western District of Kentucky) (ongoing representation in wage & hour class action claiming unpaid overtime based on the security checks and body scans of workers in a distribution center).
  • Velez v. Darden Restaurants Inc., et al., No. 12-CV-4857 (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of FLSA collective action alleging wage and hour violations at restaurants).

Presentations

  • “Seyfarth’s 2017 EEOC-Initiated Litigation Report and Webinar,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 1, 2017)

Pro Bono

  • Experience analyzing legal issues for Eastern European NGOs, including the international law of gender discrimination and the private enforcement of public environmental law.