Lead attorney, Les Alderman, secured a $340,000 settlement for a part-time employee of a national retail chain. The employee claimed that she was subjected to a hostile working environment, and then terminated in retaliation when she complained about it. The case settled only days before trial was scheduled to begin.
On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a $300,000 verdict in favor of Christina Conyers Williams in a case brought against the District of Columbia under the DC Whistleblower Protection Act. Williams v. Johnson, App No. 12-7074, – F.3d —, 2015 WL 220989. The jury found that the District retaliated against her because of her truthful testimony before the D.C. Council in response to questions posed by D.C. Council member David Catania about a non-performing contract for computer software.
The Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s finding that Williams had been “constructively” discharged, that is forced to leave her position as a manager in the Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (“APRA”) in the D.C. Department of Health when APRA took away all of her duties. John Karl served as lead counsel. Please follow this link to see the complete jury verdict form.
Williams’ Motion for the Award of Reasonable Attorney’s Fees is pending.
John Karl recently joined Alderman, Devorsetz & Hora, bringing with him over 35 years of experience handling complex litigation matters, particularly employment litigation. He is former President of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and winner of its famed “Lawyer of the Year” award. John is also an adjunct faculty member at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Les Alderman, Cary Devorsetz, and Sundeep Hora were all rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubble. The “AV Preeminent” rating is the highest rating possible under the “Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system. The rating is an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability. Martindale-Hubbard describes the AV rating as “a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”
Sundeep Hora received a favorable decision from the OFO affirming the Administrative Judge’s decision that the Smithsonian had retaliated against his Client by issuing an unwarranted reprimand after the Client submitted an affidavit in support of his supervisor, as part of the investigation into the supervisor’s claims of retaliation and discrimination. Both the Client’s second level supervisor (a zone manager at the Smithsonian) and his third level supervisor (the Director of the Office of Facilities Management & Reliability (OFMR)) were found to have retaliated against the Client. The AJ’s decision was affirmed in all respects.
The OFO ordered the Smithsonian to: (1) post notices in conspicuous areas notifying all OFMR employees that the Smithsonian was found to have retaliated against one of its employees; (2) provide mandatory EEO training to the Responsible Management Officials (RMO) responsible for the retaliation; (3) consider disciplinary action against the RMOs; and (4) pay compensatory damages to the Client and reasonable attorney’s fees incurred in prosecuting the action.
ADH resolved a motor vehicle collision case, in which our client was struck by a car as she rode her motorcycle to work, in Bethesda, Maryland. The client, who suffered broken bones in her pelvis, received the maximum cap permitted by the driver’s insurance policy. Les Alderman served as lead counsel.
Through pre-trial settlement negotiations, ADH successfully obtained reinstatement for its client, a developmental air traffic controller, to his former position with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Sundeep Hora served as lead counsel.