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Eric Bachman

Eric Bachman is a Principal with Zuckerman Law, where he is the Chair of the discrimination and retaliation practices.  Bachman has served in senior positions at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. His wins include a $100 million settlement in a Title VII employment discrimination class action, a $1.3 million jury verdict in an age discrimination case (tried with co-counsel), a record-setting Whistleblower Protection Act settlement at OSC, and a $16 million class action settlement against a major grocery chain.

Bachman writes for on employment discrimination issues.  Washingtonian magazine named Bachman a Top Lawyer in Whistleblower Law, and the ABA Journal honored Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog as one of the best legal blogs in the country.

Bachman holds extensive litigation experience, including trials in federal and state courts, and has also set important precedent on employment discrimination issues at the appellate level. Bachman litigates employment cases, including “glass ceiling” discrimination cases where an employee is denied a promotion because of their gender, race, national origin, religion or other protected characteristic.

As editor of the Glass Ceiling Discrimination blog, Bachman writes frequently on topics related to promotion discrimination, harassment, and other employment discrimination issues. Before joining Zuckerman Law, Bachman served as Deputy Special Counsel, Litigation and Legal Affairs, at OSC from 2014 to February 2017.

Prior to that, he worked for five years as a Special Litigation Counsel and Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Previously, Bachman was a partner in a Washington, DC civil rights law firm.

In cases against private companies and government agencies, he has litigated in federal courts across the country. Bachman began his career as a public defender and served as lead or co-counsel in numerous jury trials.

At the OSC, Bachman oversaw investigations and enforcement of the Whistleblower Protection Act. In particular, he spearheaded an initiative to combat whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. During his tenure with OSC, the number of favorable actions for whistleblowers increased by over 50% agency-wide, and he negotiated a record-breaking compensatory damages settlement in a high-profile retaliation case.

Other reported cases and successes include:


  • Skalli-Hanna v. American University, 2015-CA-007118-B, (D.C. Sup. 2018) (Bachman won a $1.3 million judgment in a nearly month-long age discrimination jury trial along with co-counsel)


  • U.S. ex rel. Oberg v. PHEAA, No. 18-1028 (4th Cir. 2018) (Bachman served as lead counsel in the appeal of a False Claims Act case)


  • U.S. v. City of New York, 847 F.Supp.2d 395 (E.D.N.Y. 2012)
    (Bachman served as a lead counsel on this Title VII employment discrimination class action challenging the discriminatory hiring practices of the Fire Department of New York. He led a team of lawyers over several years in litigating this federal court case that involved six Special Masters, dozens of court opinions, multiple expert witnesses, the creation and validation of a new employment test, over a thousand class members, and ultimately resulted in an approximately $100 million settlement).


  • Sutton v. City of Chesapeake, 713 F.Supp.2d 547 (E.D. Va. 2010)
    (Bachman served as lead counsel on this novel employment discrimination case under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)).


  • U.S. v. Franklin County, N.C., 5:09cv00415 (W.D.N.C. 2009)
    (Bachman served as lead counsel on this Title VII retaliation case that resulted in a consent decree).


  • Wade, et al. v. Kroger Co., 3:01-cv-699 (W.D. Ky. 2008) (Bachman helped to litigate and was appointed class counsel on this nationwide Title VII employment discrimination class action case).


  • Aleman, et al. v. Chugach, 485 F.3d 206 (4th Cir. 2007) (Bachman served as lead counsel, including the appellate briefing and argument, on this precedent-setting case that expanded federal anti-discrimination law protections).


  • Varghese v. Honeywell, 424 F.3d 411 (4th Cir. 2005) (Bachman briefed and argued this federal appellate decision regarding the Maryland Wage Payment & Collection Law and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)).


  • Rhodes, et al. v. Cracker Barrel, 213 F.R.D. 619 (N.D. Ga. 2003)
    (Bachman helped to litigate this nationwide Title VII employment discrimination class action case).


  • Thomas, et al. v. Cracker Barrel, 4:01-cv-325 (N.D. Ga. 2001)
    (Bachman helped to litigate this nationwide race discrimination in public accommodations class action case).



  • Martindale-Hubbell© Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent, the highest possible rating (5.0/5.0) in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Washingtonian Magazine named Eric Bachman a Top Lawyer in 2017 + 2018
  • ABA Journal chose Glass Ceiling Discrimination Blog for its WEB100 award, naming it a top legal blog in the United States
  • The U.S. Secretary of Labor appointed Bachman to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee from 2015 to 2017, which makes recommendations on how to improve federal whistleblower protections
  • U.S. Department of Justice – The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (one of the highest awards the Department bestows for employee performance) 2014
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division – Distinguished Service Award 2013
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division – Special Commendation for Outstanding Service 2012
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division – Special Achievement Award 2010-2011
  • Member: United States Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; various federal district courts
  • Member: D.C. Bar Association; American Bar Association; National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA); and Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA)
  • Member:  Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC

Bachman has testified at numerous Congressional hearings and is often quoted or interviewed on topics related to whistleblower and employment discrimination issues.  He is also a contributor at where he writes about executive employment and discrimination topics:

  • runs Eric Bachman’s piece about the EEOC’s enforcement of genetic information discrimination complaints.  April 24, 2019.



  • Fortune spoke with Eric Bachman regarding sexual harassment and settlement negotiation topics.  March 25, 2019.


  • Bloomberg BNA interviews Eric Bachman regarding age discrimination and class action issues.  January 22, 2019.


  • “If you are 50+ you are likely to be pushed out of your job, so plan now.”  Eric Bachman, Forbes.Com, January 16, 2019.


  • publishes article on pregnancy discrimination and disability discrimination by Eric Bachman.  December 19, 2018.


  • Eric Bachman interviewed about best practices for negotiations in sexual harassment cases and severance agreements.  December 6, 2018.  Simone.


  • Crisis Communications speaks with Eric Bachman about the age discrimination lawsuit filed against a NBA team.  December 4, 2018.


  • runs Eric Bachman’s article on new research about the glass ceiling in corporate America.   November 19, 2018.


  • Eric Bachman’s piece on the spike in EEOC discrimination cases in wake of #MeToo movement is published in  October 5, 2018.


  • published Eric Bachman’s article on glass ceiling pioneer, Ann Hopkins.  July 19, 2018.


  • “Why Serena Williams’ Tennis Ranking Matters In the Corporate World” is published by  June 28, 2018.


  • Eric Bachman’s reporting on whether gig workers have protections against discrimination.  June 14, 2018.


  • published Eric Bachman’s article on tying executive bonuses to diversity issues. June 7, 2018.


  • Barrons quoted Eric Bachman about sexual harassment issues plaguing the financial services industry.  Barrons.  April 12, 2018.


  • Law 360 spoke with Eric Bachman about potential whistleblower retaliation claims related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) leader Scott Pruitt.  Law 360.  April 9, 2018.


  • Eric Bachman interviewed by about the #metoo movement in the financial services industry.  April 8, 2018.


  • Law360 spoke with Eric Bachman about the ongoing litigation related to the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment controversy.  Law360.  February 12, 2018.


  • Bloomberg Law interviewed Eric Bachman about protections against employment discrimination for independent contractors/gig workers.  Bloomberg Law.  February 9, 2018.


  • Law360 quoted Eric Bachman about best practices for preventing workplace sexual harassment.  Law360.  January 2, 2018.


  • Eric Bachman interviewed about how to report sexual harassment.  Lifehacker.  December 18, 2017.





  • Interview with Eric Bachman about the impact of arbitration agreements on sexual harassment cases, “The Why” news program on Newsy, October 23. 2017