Kenneth Gage is co-Vice Chair of the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings. He is based in the firm’s New York and Chicago offices. Ken is ranked by Chambers USA, recognized by The Legal 500 in tier one in the categories of Labor and Employment Litigation and Workplace and Employment Counseling, rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell®, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Mr. Gage represents employers in a wide range of federal and state employment litigation matters, from pre-litigation counseling through trials and appeals. His litigation experience includes defendants’ verdicts in several jury trials involving race, age, sex, and disability discrimination claims, retaliation claims, and state common law claims, as well as numerous summary judgment rulings and injunction proceedings in restrictive covenant litigation matters. He also regularly counsels federal contractors on how best to satisfy their affirmative action regulatory obligations.
Mr. Gage has successfully defended employers through class actions of all types, including to a defendant's verdict before a jury in a certified class action. He also has extensive experience representing employers in EEOC investigations into claims of systemic discrimination under federal statutes such as Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Gage advises federal contractors on their obligations under Executive Order 11246 and related laws and regulations, and he has extensive experience conducting privileged reviews of employment processes and advising employers on pay equity studies and related risk mitigation strategies.
- Recognized by Chambers USA as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer
- Listed in The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Disputes
- Listed in The Legal 500 for Workplace and Employment Counseling
- Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
- University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1991
- State University of New York Buffalo, B.A., 1988
- Tried to a defendant's verdict in state court a disability discrimination case
- Defeated conditional certification of an FLSA exempt status collective action against a major telecommunications company
- Defeated conditional certification of a putative nation-wide FSLA Exempt status collective action against a major retailer
- Tried to a defendants' verdict in federal court a two-plaintiff ADEA employment termination case
- Successfully opposed class certification in Title VII pattern and practice race discrimination action against a leading aviation company
- Tried to a defendant’s verdict a state wage-and-hour class action against aircraft engine manufacturer
- Successfully defended on grounds of federal labor law preemption Connecticut Supreme Court appeal of defendant’s verdict in class action
- Successfully defended Second Circuit appeal of summary judgment in action for breach of contract for stock options against major food and beverage company
- Obtained Rule 12 dismissal of a putative class action under Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 alleging that a global technology company discriminates against non-South Asian individuals, in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey.
- Obtained an arbitral award in favor of a major technology company after a one week arbitration in a case alleging violations of the ADEA.
Engagement & Publications
- Executive Editor, Lindeman, Grossman & Weirich, Employment Discrimination Law (5th ed.) (BNA)
- Regular speaker for National Employment Law Institute
- Chapter Author, Feliu, ADR in Employment Law (BNA)
- Admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Connecticut, Illinois, and New York; federal district courts across the United States; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court