In The Butler’s Child, Outten & Golden Senior Counsel Lewis Steel describes his career spent seeking racial justice as a civil rights lawyer. The book, to be released on June 14th, is a fascinating chronicle of many landmark cases, and a fitting reminder of the continuing fight against racial discrimination in employment, housing, criminal law, governmental services, and education.
Lew’s career tracks closely with the passage and evolution of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that, in addition to prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin, also created the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
We are so proud of Lewis Steel, the milestones he has achieved, and the energy and knowledge he brings to Outten & Golden’s Discrimination and Retaliation Practice Group and Class Action Practice Group. Among his many professional accomplishments, which are discussed in his book, are a recent and significant settlement in a large scale class action brought against the U.S. Census Bureau alleging it discriminated against African-Americans and Latinos with criminal histories during the 2010 census, and the negotiation of a multi-million dollar class action settlement on behalf of African-American and Hispanic employees against the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation alleging claims of racial discrimination in pay, promotion, and retaliation. Despite his achievements, Lewis will tell you the fight he has waged over the course of his career continues.
In this video from 2011, Lewis Steel addressed the increase in discrimination cases filed by city employees in New York and the reasons behind it.