Rachel Bien Esq.

Rachel Bien Esq.

New York, New York
212-245-1000 (New York Office)
312-924-4888 (Chicago Office)
415-638-8800 (San Francisco Office)
202-847-4400 (Washington DC Office)

Rachel Bien, a Partner at Outten & Golden LLP and a Co-Chair of its Class & Collective Action Practice Group, represents employees in class action wage and hour and discrimination cases. She is also a member of the firm’s Public Interest Committee.

Ms. Bien has represented thousands of workers in wage and hour class and collective actions. She currently represents unpaid interns in minimum wage and overtime lawsuits against Hearst Corp., Fox Searchlight Pictures, and The Charlie Rose Show and has represented hundreds of restaurant workers in overtime and tip theft cases against New York City restaurants. She has also litigated many cases involving workers misclassified as “exempt” from overtime laws, including Entry-Level Auditors, Medicaid Marketing Representatives, Financial Advisors, Mortgage Brokers, and Exterminators.

In addition to wage and hour cases, Rachel has also represented workers in discrimination class actions, including female grocery store workers steered into dead-end jobs without opportunities for promotion and African American and Latino workers denied jobs because of their criminal histories.

Ms. Bien is an active member of the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, where she is a Track Coordinator for the 6th Annual CLE Conference and serves on the Section’s Outreach to Law Students Committee, as well as the ABA’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She is a member of the bar of New York. 

Ms. Bien speaks frequently on wage and hour and complex litigation topics, including joint- and co-employment relationships, class action settlements, mandatory arbitration and class action waiver issues, FLSA exemptions, and restaurant worker laws.

She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2005 and joined Outten & Golden LLP in October 2006 after serving as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Bien is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Employees Discrimination Cases
  • Wage-and-Hour Class Actions

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit


  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Participant, Safe Harbor Clinic
    • Honors: Interned, ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project
  • Brown University
    • B.A.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge Thomas G. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Clerk
  • Human Rights Watch in its Europe and Central Asia Division