In January 2019, Les Alderman’s client settled her sex harassment claim against her federal employer for, among other things, payment in excess of $250,000. This settlement was made prior to the time that any lawsuit was filed, saving both parties time and effort in achieving a settlement that permitted the client to keep her position.
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 attorney Les Alderman appeared on MSNBC’s Sunday program, Kasie DC, where he was interviewed by Kasie Hunt about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, the impact of filing a claim, and whether Members of Congress should be required to resign following allegations of harassment. A video of the interview may be found here.
ADH Law helps Lauren Green navigate the media frenzy surrounding her allegations against Congressman Blake Farenthold, including her appearance on AC360 with Anderson Cooper. The video of Ms. Green’s appearance on AC360 may be found here.
Politico published an editorial by ADH attorney, Les Alderman, on the pending House Republican bill that would bar taxpayer dollars from being used to pay out settlements to victims of sexual harassment by members of Congress. The proposed legislation would also force any future settlements between lawmakers and victims to be made public and the names of those involved in any past settlements to be revealed. Mr. Alderman argues that the bill is bad for the victim’s of sexual harassment and would discourage victims from coming forward in the future. The full text of the article can be found here.
Les Alderman was quoted in an AP story published by, among others, the Chicago Tribune regarding the allegations of harassment related to Congressman John Conyers. A link to the story is http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-john-conyers-sexual-harassment-settlements-20171121-story.html
Les Alderman appeared on The Ingraham Angle, a nationally broadcast program on Fox News, on November 16, 2017 to discuss his experience representing victims of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill and against Members of Congress, including the need to change the Congressional Accountability Act and Office of Compliance complaint process to better protect victims of harassment. The full video of the segment is http://video.foxnews.com/v/5649680728001/?#sp=show-clips.