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.
Representative Blake Farenthold, against whom ADH filed suit on behalf of former staffer, Lauren Greene, resigned from Congress last week. ADH attorney Les Alderman brought a lawsuit on Ms. Greene’s behalf against Farenthold for sexual harassment and retaliation he and his office subjected her to while she served as his communications director. Originally, Farenthold said he would serve out his term and not seek re-election in the fall. He has said little about his unexpected resignation. For a longer take on the story see this article.
ADH attorney, Les Alderman, is representing a Capitol Police Officer in her lawsuit against the Capitol Police for sex and disability discrimination and retaliation. The officer, Mauricia Van Meter, was improperly expelled from the training program for the force’s prestigious K-9 unit due to her gender and disability. Read a Washington Post article on the lawsuit here.
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.
The Board on Professional Responsibility has appointed Sundeep Hora to serve as an alternate Hearing Committee Member for a three-year term.
The Hearing Committees of the Board on Professional Responsibility conduct hearings on formal charges of attorney misconduct, contested petitions for reinstatement, petitions for negotiated discipline and hearings on such other matters as the District of Columbia Court of Appeals or Board may direct.
ADH, on behalf of its client, has filed suit against Capital One N.A. in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland for alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. 2601, et seq. as amended. For additional information, please contact Sundeep Hora.
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.
Cary Devorsetz was elected President-Elect of the Federal Bar Association’s District of Columbia Chapter. He has served on the Board of Directors, as a National Delegate and as the Chapter’s President in the past.
Les Alderman is appointed Co-Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association’s (MWELA) Amicus Curiae Committee. This committee submits briefs in support of important issues of law in federal, state and D.C. appellate cases.