Roza Patterson

Associate

Silicon Valley


Read full biography at www.orrick.com
Roza Patterson helps clients navigate the complex world of employment litigation. She brings an innate curiosity to her cases, carefully examining each matter’s risks and opportunities.

Roza is also an avid public speaker. She was selected to give the student commencement speech at her high school, college, and law school.

In addition to her employment practice, she uses her pro bono and community involvement to give hope to the voiceless and enact social change. She focuses on a wide rage of issues, such as public school integration, diversity initiatives, and immigration. Prior to Orrick, she also served in a number of community leadership roles.

Posts by: Roza Patterson

A Fair Victory? House Democrats Pass the FAIR Act to Limit Mandatory Arbitration

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis—a decision that upheld the validity of class action waivers in arbitration agreements (discussed in our prior post). Since then, Democrats lobbied to overturn that decision. In 2018, Democrats introduced H.R. 7109, entitled the “Restoring Justice for Workers Act” to outlaw class action waiver provisions in employment contracts. Although that bill died in Congress, Democrats continue to pursue the fight to prohibit “forced” arbitration agreements and class action waivers. READ MORE

Hut-Hut-Hike: The Second Circuit Tackles Hostile Work Environment Claims Under the ADA

In a case of first impression, the Second Circuit has held that hostile work environment claims are cognizable under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In Fox v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, No.17‐0936‐CV (2d Cir. Mar. 6, 2019), the Second Circuit joined the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits to recognize this cause of action under the ADA.  The court also provided useful guidance on when teasing may or may not suffice to establish a hostile work environment. READ MORE