In July of 2019, ADH Member Les Alderman won an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for Sunday Iyoha, on Mr. Iyoha’s national origin discrimination claim against the Architect of the Capitol. The Client was rejected for a promotion by managers who had previously discriminated against him and others who spoke with foreign accents. After successfully winning the appeal, Mr. Alderman secured a favorable settlement from the Architect, which included, among other things, a promotion for Mr. Iyoha and a total payment of $330,000.
ADH Member, Les Alderman, filed suit against the Architect of the Capitol on behalf of Justin McGuire for, among other things, disability discrimination and retaliation resulting in Mr. McGuire’s termination from his job as a high voltage electrician with the Architect of the Capitol. After the completion of discovery, the Architect made an Offer of Judgment in the total amount of $280,000. Such judgements, in which the defendant voluntarily accepts a judgment against it, are highly unusual in civil litigation.
Mr. Alderman, who represented Hill staffer Lauren Greene in her sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employer Congressman Blake Farenthold, was recently interviewed by Newsy about changes to the Congressional Accountability Act. The Act protects Hill staffers and other employees of the legislative branch against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Mr. Alderman expressed his concerns that the reforms were incomplete and that Congress would declare victory and move on to other legislative goals without making much needed further changes to the Act. Listen to the complete interview here.
ADH law member, Les Alderman was interviewed on All Things Considered by reporter Kelsey Snell about proposed changes to the Congressional Accountability Act. The Act provides protections for Hill staffers and other employees of the legislative branch against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation but has been the target of much criticism since the rise of the #MeToo movement for providing inadequate protection. Mr. Alderman previously represented Congressional staffer Lauren Green in a lawsuit against her employer Congressman Blake Farenthold, which was brought under Congressional Accountability Act. Ms. Green was also featured on the program. Listen to the full story here.