Deborah England is a civil rights attorney in San Francisco, California, with a private practice focusing on employment discrimination, sexual harassment and family and medical leave law. For the past 21 years, England has represented individuals challenging illegal actions by some of the largest corporate and governmental employers in the country.

England is the co-author of The Essential Guide to Family & Medical Leave (Nolo 2007), a comprehensive guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act and related laws. England has written and spoken extensively on issues of equality and fairness in employment and has sought to remedy inequities in all sectors of industry. Her clients have included a group of female elevator mechanics who were denied promotions and physically harassed and humiliated while working for major U.S. elevator companies. Through England’s action on behalf of her clients, the elevator companies were ordered to change their discriminatory practices. In 2008, she trained supervisors and managers of Northern California companies on preventing and responding to sexual harassment and discrimination

In addition to her legal work, England has contributed to her community by volunteering at the Workers’ Rights Clinic of the Legal Aid Society and at 826 Valencia, a writing program in the San Francisco Public School District.

England received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington and her law degree from Seattle University. She was selected by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” in 2004, 2005 and 2006. England is currently writing a book on discrimination and harassment prevention and response for Nolo, working title, The Harassment and Discrimination Answer Book. It is scheduled for publication in 2009.

Deborah England tweets from @englandlaw



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