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.
On April 29, 2019, Les Alderman on behalf of his client, sued Omni Resorts & Hotels as well as one of its executives for sex discrimination, Equal Pay Act violations and retaliation. Mr. Alderman’s client complained about a two-tiered pay scale that resulted in male executives in similar positions being paid more than female executives. After she complained, the client was terminated on false grounds. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for violation of the D.C. Human Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act. The suit seeks, among other things, economic damages, pain and suffering damages and punitive damages against both defendants.
In August 2018, ADH Member, Les Alderman, settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of an employee of a District of Columbia agency for $400,000. The plaintiff was subjected to a hostile work environment based on her disability and regularly subjected to insults such as “crip” and “cripple” over the course of her employment. When the plaintiff complained about the hostile environment, she was terminated.
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.
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.