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Jahan C. Sagafi

Adjunct Professor of Law
Partner, Outten & Golden

Jahan Sagafi is the partner-in-charge of the San Francisco office of Outten & Golden, where he represents workers in employment class actions challenging discrimination, wage and hour abuses, Fair Credit Reporting Act violations and other types of exploitation. He has won a jury trial for a nationwide class of approximately 1,000 technical support workers, an en banc appeal in the 9th Circuit, and many settlements to recover backpay for overtime compensation, meal and rest breaks, vacation benefits, discriminatory pay and promotion gaps, and more. He has workers throughout the country, including HVAC service technicians, corporate instructors, financial advisers and trainees, security officers temp staffing workers, cashiers, call center customer service representatives, counselors, drivers, and many others. During his career, he has recovered well over $100 million for workers, asserting claims against transportation and tech companies, banks, retailers, healthcare and insurance companies and restaurants. In addition to his trial court work, Professor Sagafi represents plaintiffs in appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, 9th Circuit, and other courts, addressing issues such as workers’ rights, arbitration agreements, class certification, standing, unfair and deceptive practices under California’s Unfair Competition Law, and FDA preemption. He has written amicus briefs in the 9th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. He has served the boards of the ACLU of Northern California, Alliance for Justice, the People’s Parity Project, Public Advocates and the San Francisco American Constitution Society Bay Area Law Chapter. Before joining Outten & Golden, he was a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and clerked for Judge William W Schwarzer of the Northern District of California.