Ossai Miazad Esq.

Ossai Miazad Esq.

Partner
Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
(212) 245-1000
Fax:
(646) 509-2060
Email:

OSSAI MIAZAD is Partner and Co-Chair of the Discrimination and Retaliation Practice Group and is also active in the firm's Class & Collective Action Practice Group at Outten & Golden LLP in New York. She represents employees in class action and impact litigation aimed at eliminating systemic discrimination. She has experience litigating before federal and state courts and arbitration panels. Ms. Miazad currently serves as plaintiffs' counsel in numerous major class action lawsuits involving challenges to the use of credit and criminal history records for employment decisions, challenges to U.S. citizen and legal permanent resident requirements in contracting on behalf of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries and claims on behalf of women facing discrimination in pay and promotion.  Her work on the landmark criminal background check case against the U.S. Census Bureau was recognized with the Public Justice 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.  Ms. Miazad has been selected to Super Lawyers 2013 – 2017.  She was also designated as a "Next generation lawyer" by The Legal 500 United States 2017's guide to up-and-coming lawyers nationwide.

Ms. Miazad regularly lectures and publishes on employment issues.  She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of "The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act," published by the American Bar Association’s ("ABA") Section of Labor and Employment Law, and serves as co-chair of the ABA’s Subcommittee on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA"). Ms. Miazad served on the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Civil Rights and as a board member of the New York affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association ("NELA").

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination and Retaliation
  • Class & Collective Action

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2005
  • District of Columbia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Vassar College
    • B.A. - 1998

Published Works

Representative Cases

  • Goodman v. State of Georgia

Classes/Seminars

  • Panelist: "Employment - Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession | Hiring and Retaining Top Talent", New York State Bar Association, Law Practice Management Committee Annual Meeting
  • Speaker: "Bringing Employees on Board", Practising Law Institute, Employment Law Institute
  • Speaker: "Challenges to Nonselection Screening Devices (Credit History/Ex-Convict Status/Any Viability Left to Beazer?)", NYU 67th Annual Conference on Labor, New York University, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After 50 Years
  • Panelist: "The FMLA and USERRA, An Interactive Q&A Session", ABA Section of Labor and Employment, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting
  • Panelist: "When Soldiers Return: USERRA and Rightful Place REinstatement", ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Speaker: "Wage and Hour Litigation - Part 1", National Employment Lawyers Association, New York affiliate Fall Conference
  • Speaker: "USERRA and Re-Employment Rights", American Bar Association
  • Speaker: "Update on USERRA", ABA Section of Labor & Employment, FLSL Mid-Winter Meeting
  • Presenter: "Employment Law Essentials", New York City Bar Association, Presentation on Parental and Medical Leave Law
  • Speaker: "Court & Federal Legislative Developments in Employment Law in 2009: What You Need to Know in This Changing Landscape", New York City Bar Association
  • Speaker: "Update on USERRA", ABA Section of Labor & Employment, FLSL Mid-Winter Meeting
  • Speaker: "FMLA⁄ADA and USERRA Update", Colorado Bar Association, National CLE Conference
  • Speaker: "Applying for Statutory Attorneys’ Fees, From A to Z", National Employment Lawyers Association, New York, Fall Conference

Honors and Awards

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Top Women
  • Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2018
  • "Next Generation" Lawyer by The Legal 500 United States Guide

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association , Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New York, Member
  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Civil Rights, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Feminist Majority Foundation, Campaign Organizer

Languages

  • English (Primary)