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David R. Golder


P 860-522-0404
F 860-247-1330


David R. Golder is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-Leader of the Class Actions and Complex Litigation practice.

Mr. Golder has extensive experience handling class and complex litigation, including nationwide, high-stakes wage and hour disputes. Mr. Golder defends employers in class-based, multi-plaintiff, and multi-district wage and hour class and collective actions involving claims for employee misclassification, improper payment of wages, off-the-clock work, and meal and rest break violations. Mr. Golder also provides preventive advice and counsel to employers wishing to limit their exposure to investigation and litigation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the state laws that require employers to pay overtime and minimum wages to their employees.

Mr. Golder defends employers in employment disputes, such as claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

Mr. Golder advises management on personnel matters such as hiring, firing, performance management, internal investigations, and disability accommodation. He also assists employers in preparing employee handbooks and internal policies and procedures.

Class and Collective Action Experience

Mr. Golder has handled numerous class and collective actions including wage and hour claims alleging claims for improper payment of bonuses, misclassification of customer service employees, dispatchers, trainers, field service representatives, auto service writers, assistant retail managers, time share resort salespeople, pharmaceutical sales representatives and installation technicians and failure to pay minimum wage to tipped employees. Mr. Golder has handled class and/or collective actions in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee and Washington. Results in those cases include:

  • Defeated Rule 23 class certification motion for class of mortgage underwriters in U.S.D.C. for District of Connecticut;
  • Defeated Rule 23 class certification motion of a national Title VII gender discrimination case in U.S.D.C. for the Southern District of New York and successfully opposed Rule 23(f) appeal to the Second Circuit;
  • Defeated conditional certification of a nationwide class of inside sales persons in U.S.D.C. for the District of Miami;
  • Defeated conditional certification of a nationwide class of trainers and field service representatives who worked for a defense contractor in U.S.D.C. for the Eastern District of Missouri;
  • Defeated conditional certification of a nationwide class of pharmaceutical sales representatives in U.S.D.C. for the District of Miami;
  • Obtained dismissal of a state law class action seeking relief under a variety of state law causes of action as a result of an alleged misclassification as an exempt employee on the grounds that the claims were preempted by federal and state wage statutes;
  • Compelled arbitration on an individual basis for named plaintiffs in a putative collective action in U.S.D.C. for the District of Orlando;
  • Defeated conditional certification of a nationwide class of pharmaceutical sales representatives and obtained summary judgment against the plaintiff for breach of contract which included a class action waiver in U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of Illinois;
  • In another national pharmaceutical sales representative case, compelled transfer of a collective action based on a forum selection clause to a Circuit which previously ruled on two occasions that such representatives are administratively exempt;
  • Compelled arbitration on an individual basis and defeated class certification in an independent contractor misclassification case;
  • Obtained extremely favorable resolution of nationwide misclassification claim related to assistant retail managers after conditional certification was granted;
  • Obtained dismissal of various state law claims from a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective action;
  • Obtained voluntary withdrawal of nationwide collective action to include individuals residing only in the state where the case was venued after early and aggressive communications with plaintiffs’ counsel;
  • Obtained settlement of nationwide collective action with an extremely favorable individual settlement with individual named plaintiff.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

Published Works

  • Interview by the CBIA’s Business Minute, airing on WICC-AM and WTIC-AM radio stations, regarding changes to the FLSA
  • “Changes Coming to Rules for White-Collar Workers,” The Connecticut Law Tribune (April 2016) [Co-Author]
  • "New Rules Will Restrict White-Collar OT Exemptions," Connecticut Law Tribune (July 2015) [Co-Author]
  • "Contract With Connecticut? Watch What You Pay," Connecticut Law Tribune (July 2013) [Co-Author]
  • "Paying the Price for Independent Contractors," Connecticut Law Tribune (April 2010) [Co-Author]
  • "Top 10 Wage and Hour Mistakes to Avoid," GC New England (2009) [Co-Author]
  • "No Free Lunch: How to Avoid Liability for Improper Lunch Breaks," Employment Alert (January 2009) [Author]
  • Labor and Employment Law: Compliance and Litigation, 3rd ed. (MA: Thomson Reuters/West, 2006) [Co-Author]

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December 12, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2018

December 12, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Are you my employer? A patchwork of tests Only in California Prevention pointer Other class action developments Read More

November 5, 2018

What Employers Should Watch For in Election 2018

November 5, 2018

Election Day may result in significant changes in our country’s labor and employment landscape. This article discusses some issues employers should watch closely. Arbitration Congressional Democrats have proposed legislation intended to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling that employers do not violate the National Labor... Read More

August 13, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2018

August 13, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Disparate impact — discrimination by the numbers Is the FCRA class the new FLSA wage and hour class? Other class action developments... Read More

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Standing in Data Breach Litigation: Will the U.S. Supreme Court Weigh In?
February 12, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court may finally weigh in on the hottest issue in data breach litigation, whether a demonstration of actual harm is required to have standing to sue. Read More

Second Circuit Sheers Cosmetology Student’s Claims in Intern-or-Employee Case
February 11, 2019

Concluding that a student at a for-profit cosmetology academy was the “primary beneficiary” of the hours he spent training at the academy’s salon, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the district’s court’s determination that the student was an intern, and not an not employee entitled to minimum wage or overtime under the FLSA.. Read More

Actual Harm Not Required to Sue Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Law
January 25, 2019

Earlier today, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down a significant decision concerning the ability of individuals to bring suit under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Read More