Pamela Y. Price

Pamela Y. Price

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Oakland, CA

Law Offices of Pamela Y. Price
 | PO Box 5843, Oakland, CA 94605
Phone: 510-452-0292
Fax: 510-452-5625
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Civil Rights (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Pamela Price is a nationally recognized pioneer in employment discrimination and civil rights cases. Price regularly wins difficult cases of sexual harassment,  racial harassment and discrimination in federal and state courts. Her legal advocacy for women stems from her own experience as a Survivor of sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence. Some of her sexual harassment and sexual assault verdicts and settlements include:

    Irma Sanchez v. CDCR (2016) Sexual Harassment/Retaliation - $750,000

    Sophia Curry et al. v. CDCR (2015) Sexual Harassment/Retaliation - $2,673,000

    Bernice Peoples v. Contra Costa County (2009) Sexual Harassment/Retaliation - $1,003,880

    Shawnee Underwood v. State of California, California Dept. of Corrections (2007) Sexual Harassment - $1,750,000

    Elaine Stevenson v. County of Sacramento (2005) Gender Discrimination/Retaliation - $725,000

    Deanna Freitag v. CDC (2003) Sexual Harassment/Retaliation - $600,300

    Tonsa B. v. City of Oakland, et. al., (2001) Sexual Assault - $750,000

    Jamie Pesce v. State of California (1999) Sexual Harassment - $629,000

    Catherine M. v. Doukas (1999) Sexual Harassment - $375,000

    Alice A. v. City of Oakland, et. al., (1999) Sexual Assault - $825,000

    Confidential Settlement, (1995) Sexual Assault - $450,000

    Lisa Pulido v. State of California, et. al. (1994) Sexual Harassment - $1,300,000

    In 1977, Price became the lead plaintiff in Alexander (Price) v. Yale, 459 F.Supp. 1 (D.Conn. 1979), 631 F.2d 178 (2nd Cir. 1980), the first case to challenge sexual harassment as sex discrimination in education. In 2012, for Title IX’s 40th Anniversary, she and her co-plaintiffs were acknowledged by the National ACLU as one of the Nine Most Influential Actors in Title IX’s history.

    In 1992, as lead counsel for plaintiffs in Patricia H. v. Berkeley Unified School District, et al., 830 F.Supp 1288 (N.D. Cal. 1993), Price mounted a second historic legal challenge to sexual harassment in education.  On July 21, 1993, in the first decision to squarely address the issue, U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick ruled that Title IX also prohibits a sexually hostile educational environment. Price ultimately settled the case for $800,000.00.

    In 2002, Price made legal history in a racial harassment case entitled Morgan v. Amtrak, 232 F.3d 1008 (9th Cir. 2000), 536 U.S. 101, 112 S.Ct. 1516 (2002), by successfully arguing her case in the United States Supreme Court. She was named the 2002 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in Employment (CLAY Award).  In 2004, she was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California.

    Price specializes in employment cases and severance agreements. Most employers present the severance agreement to an employee as a “take-or-leave” document even though the employee has the right to review it and talk to an attorney about it. These agreements are written by lawyers for lawyers, and most people are not familiar with all of the terms in the agreement. Employees often waive some rights that they should keep if they don’t understand all of the terms of the agreement. Price can review your severance or settlement agreement, answer any questions, and protect you from “overreaching” by your employer.

    In 2003, 2015 and again in 2016 Price received Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for her community service. In 2017, she was honored by the California Legislature as the Woman of the Year for Assembly District 18.  Price received the Charles Houston Bar Association's Clinton W. White Trial Advocacy Award twice, in 1993 and again in 2001.  She made legal history with precedent-setting decisions in Jones v. K-Mart (1998) 17 Cal.4th 3298, Nicole M. v. Martinez Unified School District (N.D.Cal. 1997) 964 F.Supp. 1369 and Freitag v. Ayers, 468 F.3d 528 (9th Cir. 2006).

    Price joined the volunteer Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in 2006.  In 2007, Price served as the Interim Executive Director.  She went on to serve two terms as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, and as the Director of Special Projects where her primary responsibilities include analysis of racial justice issues and discrimination cases, education equity issues, juvenile justice advocacy, development support and fundraising initiatives.

    Born in Dayton, Ohio, Pamela Price is a survivor of the Ohio juvenile justice and foster care systems.  She earned her B.A. from Yale University in 1978, and her Master's and J.D. from UC Berkeley in 1982.  She spent her Junior Year Abroad at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa.

    Pamela sees clients by appointment only and charges a nominal consultation fee for each appointment, depending on the type of case.

    About Pamela Price

    Admitted: 1983, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Pauli Murray Trailblazer Award, African-American Policy Forum, 2018
    • Woman of the Year - Assembly District 18, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, 2017
    • Champion of Justice, National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter, 2016
    • One of the Nine Most Influential Actors in Title IX History, American Civil Liberties Union, 2012
    • Heman Marion Sweatt Award, National Bar Association, 2011
    • Arthur A. Fletcher Award of Achievement, California Association of Equal Rights Professionals, 2010
    • Living the Dream Award, S.F. Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, 2010
    • Community Service Award-Excellence in Law, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, 2005
    • Ten Women Campaign Award, Flyaway Productions, 2003
    • Founders Award of Achievement, California's Association of Equal Rights Professionals, 2003
    • ABA Margaret Brent Award Nominee, California Association of Black Lawyers, 2002
    • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in Employment (CLAY AWARD), California Lawyer Magazine, 2002
    • Clinton W. White Trial Advocacy Award, Charles Houston Bar Association, 2001
    • Clinton W. White Trial Advocacy Award, Charles Houston Bar Association, 1993
    • Maria Miller Stewart Award, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, 1992

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Consumer Attorneys of California (2007-2021)
    • National Black Lawyers Top 100 (2018-2021)
    • California Employment Lawyers Association (2021)
    • Member, San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (2004-2021)
    • Board of Directors, San Francisco Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (2006-2014)
    • Co-Chair, San Francisco Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) (2009-2012)
    • Interim Executive Director, San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), San Francisco, California, 2007
    • Board of Directors, Northern District Court Federal Practice Program, San Francisco, California, 2003
    • Guest Host, “Legally Speaking,” Weekly Television Show, Local Cable Television, Oakland, California, 1996

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Elected Member, Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee, 2020
    • Secretary, Oakland East Bay Democratic Club, 2021
    • Board of Directors, Friends Foundation (2004-2021)
    • Candidate, Alameda County District Attorney, 2021
    • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training Financial Supporter (2001-2010)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Sexual Harassment in Education: A Global Comparative Examination, Keynote Speaker, Berkeley Law, University of California, Law, 2021
    • #BLM, COVID-19 and Addressing Racism in the Workplace, Regional Virtual EEO Seminar, Presenter, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Law, 2020
    • United Nations Human Rights Day - Black Lives Matter, Presenter, United Nations East Bay Chapter, Activists, 2020
    • #METOO: "Ain't I A Woman", Presenter, Berkeley Law, University of California, Law, 2019
    • Chapter 10 - Harassment, Author, The Rutter Group, Employment Litigation Practice Guide, 2006
    • Eradicating Sexual Harassment in Education, Author, MacKinnon & Siegel (Eds.), New Directions In Sexual Harassment Law, Yale Press, 2004
    • Sexual Harassment, A Symposium, Presenter, Yale Law School, 1998
    • Attorneys’ Fees And Costs, Presenter, Civil Law And Procedure Institute, California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), 1995


    • Berndt v. CDCR, Sexual Harassment/Retaliation - Settlement: $2.7 million, 2015
    • Sanchez v. CDCR, Sexual Harassment - Verdict:  $565,000, 2015
    • Fobbs et. al. v. New Haven Unified School District et. al, Racial Harassment - Settlement: $725,000, 2011
    • Davis v. Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Retaliation - Verdict: $528,957.00, 2011
    • Campbell v. Amtrak, Racial Discrimination - Verdict/Judgment: $677,000, 2009
    • Peoples v. Contra Costa County, Sexual Harassment/Retaliation - Verdict/Judgment: $409,064; Settlement: $1,003,880, 2009
    • Underwood v. State of California, Sexual Harassment - Verdict/Judgment: $1,025,684, 2007
    • Stevenson v. County of Sacramento, Retaliation - Verdict/Judgment: $95,000; Settlement: $725,000, 2005
    • Morgan v. Amtrak, Racial Harassment/Retaliation - Verdict: $500,000, 2004
    • Freitag v. CDC, Sexual Harassment/Retaliation - Verdict/Judgment: $600,300, 2003
    • Tonsa B. v. City of Oakland, et. al., Sexual Assault - Settlement: $750,000, 2001
    • Alice A. v. City of Oakland, Sexual Assault - Settlement: $825,000, 1999
    • Catherine M. v. Doukas, Sexual Assault - Settlement: $375,000, 1999
    • Pesce v. State of California, Sexual Harassment - Verdict/Judgment: $629,000;  Settlement: $975,000, 1999
    • Bumphus v. Timec Corp., Race Discrimination/Retaliation - Verdict/Judgment: $903,887, 1998
    • Reissner v. State of California, et. al., National Origin Harassment - Verdict/Judgment: $501,948, 1997
    • Pulido v. State of California, Sexual Harassment - Verdict/Judgment: $1,300,000, 1994
    • Patricia H. v. Berkeley Unified School District, Sexual Assault - Settlement: $800,000, 1994

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 2016
    • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 2015
    • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 2003

    Educational Background:

    • UNIVERSITY OF DAR-ES-SALAAM - Junior Year Abroad, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 1976
    • YALE UNIVERSITY - Political Science Major, New Haven, Connecticut, 1978
    • JURISPRUDENCE & SOCIAL POLICY PROGRAM, Berkeley, California., 1982

    Industry Groups

    • Banking
    • Corrections
    • Health Care
    • Non-Profits
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    Office Location for Pamela Y. Price

    PO Box 5843
    Oakland, CA 94605

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    Last Updated: 4/5/2021

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