In May of 2017 Les Alderman achieved a substantial settlement for two Architect of the Capitol employees, including payment of $600,000 and restoration to their prior positions. The two employees were removed from their shift and denied overtime opportunities after they complained about unsafe work conditions that could lead to asbestos exposure. As part of the settlement, the employees were paid damages and restored to their shift, where they are once again helping to keep Congress and the public safe from asbestos exposure.
Sundeep Hora successfully represented a Department of Transportation employee in an age and race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation case against the Agency. Mr. Hora’s client was demoted in 2008 within the Department of Transportation, given work below her skill and grade level, and issued unjustified poor performance evaluations. After a hearing before an Administrative Judge, the client was awarded back pay and reinstatement to her old position within the Department. Mr. Hora then prevailed when the DOT filed an Appeal with the EEOC in 2014, a Motion for Reconsideration of the EEOC decision in 2015, and again in February 2017 when the Agency lost a Petition for Clarification with the EEOC. During the pendency of one of the Agency’s appeals, the client voluntarily retired. Mr. Hora was able to secure her backpay during her retirement by successfully arguing that the client would not have retired from her demoted position had the Agency timely restored her to her position before the unlawful discrimination, as ordered by the Administrative Judge.
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.
ADH’s client received a favorable verdict against the Department of Transportation. After a three day hearing, the Administrative Judge found that the Agency had discriminated, retaliated and subjected the firm’s client to a hostile work environment based on her age and race (Asian) by reassigning her to another department within her sub-agency. Significantly, the AJ drew an adverse inference against the Agency for its failure to preserve the hard drives of three supervisors who were involved in the decision to reassign her. The AJ awarded the complainant compensatory damages and the award of attorney’s fees and sanctions against the Agency is pending. Sundeep Hora served as lead counsel.
After a two day hearing before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC ruled that the Smithsonian had unlawfully retaliated against ADH’s client for serving as a witness during an investigation into another employee’s claims of discrimination and retaliation. Sundeep Hora served as lead counsel.