Experienced litigator representing employees in harassment, discrimination and retaliation cases
Protecting whistleblowers and employees subjected to employment discrimination. Problem solver, litigator, and advocate. Martindale AV Preeminent (5.0/5.0) peer rating. Forbes.com contributor on employment and discrimination issues. Named a Top Lawyer by Washingtonian Magazine and the ABA Journal picked my blog, Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog, for the Web100 top blogs in the United States.
Eric Bachman is Chair of the discrimination and retaliation practices at Zuckerman Law and has served in senior positions at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Bachman’s wins include a $100 million settlement in a Title VII employment discrimination class action, a record-setting Whistleblower Protection Act settlement at OSC, and a $16 million class action settlement against a major grocery chain.
Bachman holds extensive litigation experience, including trials in federal and state courts, and has also set important precedent on employment discrimination issues at the appellate level. Bachman litigates employment cases, including sex harassment and “glass ceiling” discrimination cases where an employee is denied a promotion because of their gender, race, national origin, religion or other protected characteristic.
Before joining Zuckerman Law, Bachman served as Deputy Special Counsel, Litigation and Legal Affairs, at OSC from 2014 to February 2017.
Prior to that, he worked for five years as a Special Litigation Counsel and Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Previously, Bachman was a partner in a Washington, DC civil rights law firm.
In cases against private companies and government agencies, he has litigated in federal courts across the country. Bachman began his career as a public defender and served as lead or co-counsel in numerous jury trials.
Articles in which Bachman has been interviewed or quoted related to whistleblower and employment discrimination law:
Forbes.com published Eric Bachman's article on tying executive bonuses to diversity issues. Forbes.com. June 7, 2018.
Barrons quotedEric Bachman about sexual harassment issues plaguing the financial services industry. Barrons. April 12, 2018.
Law 360 spoke with Eric Bachman about potential whistleblower retaliation claims related to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) leader Scott Pruitt. Law 360. April 9, 2018.
Eric Bachman interviewed by WealthManagement.com about the #metoo movement in the financial services industry. WealthManagement.com. April 8, 2018.
Law360 spoke with Eric Bachman about the ongoing litigation related to the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment controversy. Law360. February 12, 2018.
Bloomberg Law interviewed Eric Bachman about protections against employment discrimination for independent contractors/gig workers. Bloomberg Law. February 9, 2018.
Law360 quoted Eric Bachman about best practices for preventing workplace sexual harassment. Law360. January 2, 2018.
Eric Bachman interviewed about how to report sexual harassment. Lifehacker. December 18, 2017.
Interview of Eric Bachman about sexual harassment issues in the workplace. Woopaah. December 14, 2017.
Eric Bachman interviewed by Moneyish about damages in sexual harassment and employment discrimination cases. November 30, 2017.
Eric Bachman quoted in Lifehacker about how to identify sexual harassment when you see it. November 27, 2017
Interview with Eric Bachman about the impact of arbitration agreements on sexual harassment cases, "The Why" news program on Newsy, October 23. 2017
http://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2015/01/eric-bachman-office-of-special-counsel/ (interviewed about whistleblower retaliation cases investigated by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel)
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Web 100 (top legal blogs in the United States)||American Bar Association Journal||2017|
|Top Whistleblower Lawyer||Washingtonian Magazine||2017|
|The Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award||United States Department of Justice||2014|
|Civil Rights Division's Distinguished Service Award||United States Department of Justice||2013|
|Civil Rights Division's Special Commendation Outstanding Service||United States Department of Justice||2012|
|Special Achievement Award||United States Department of Justice||2011|
|Special Achievement Award||United States Department of Justice||2010|
|Principal||Zuckerman Law||2017 - Present|
|Deputy Special Counsel for Litigation and Legal Affairs||U.S. Office Of Special Counsel||2014 - 2017|
|Special Litigation Counsel||United States Department Of Justice, Civil Rights Division||2012 - 2014|
|Senior Trial Attorney||U.S. Department Of Justice Civil Rights Division||2009 - 2012|
|Partner||Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis||2007 - 2009|
|Associate||Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis||2001 - 2007|
|Assistant Public Defender||Louisville Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation||1999 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|District of Columbia Bar||N/A||N/A|
|Maryland Employment Lawyers Association (MELA)||N/A||N/A|
|Zuckerman Law||What is a glass ceiling anyway?||2017|
|Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog||Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog||2017|
|National Law Review||What is discovery in an employment litigation case?||2017|
|National Law Review||Fortune 500 glass ceiling endures: only 5% of CEOs are women||2017|
|National Law Review||Women of color scientists report rampant sexual and racial harassment||2017|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Doctor of Law (J.D.)||N/A|
|Middlebury College||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)||N/A|
|District of Columbia Bar, Law Practice Management Section||A day in the life of an employment lawyer||2018|
|DC Bar||Handling Whistleblower Claims||2017|
|American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Conferrence||Federal employees rights and responsibilities in a changing civil service landscape||2017|
|Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee||Department of Labor - Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee||2016|
|Federal Dispute Resolution Training||Town Hall with U.S. Office of Special Counsel||2016|
|American Bar Association||Latest developments with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel||2016|
|American Bar Association||Latest Developments at U.S. Office of Special Counsel||2015|
|U.S. v. City of New York, 07-cv-2067 (E.D.N.Y.)|
|U.S. v. City of New York|
|Sutton v. City of Chesapeake|
|Aleman, et al. v. Chugach|
|Varghese v. Honeywell|
|Rhodes, et al. v. Cracker Barrel|
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