EMPLOYMENT

Our employment law practice does two things. We advocate for individual employees and we advise progressive non-profit groups. For individuals, we litigate issues like sexual harassment, age discrimination, failure to accommodate disabilities, and retaliation against whistleblowers.

We also negotiate employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and separation agreements. For more information on individual representation, click here.

For non-profit organizations and other progressive and political groups, we advise on almost the entire employment relationship, from hiring, through handbooks and policies, performance improvement, and termination. We help clients find respectful, efficient ways to work through disputes. For more information on our representation of organizations, click here.

EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR INDIVIDUALS

Our employment law practice is built on over two decades of representing individual employees in the Washington, DC area. That remains the bedrock of our work.

Each client brings a unique set of issues 

Nothing is typical. We try to find the right strategy for each situation. Some clients may benefit from a high profile aggressive approach. Others need quiet diplomacy. Others need technical advice. We do it all.

We have helped people in situations like these:

  • Employees who have been fired, laid off, or denied promotions.
  • Federal employees under investigation or on the brink of termination.
  • Members of the law enforcement, intelligence, and foreign service communities.
  • Whistleblowers in industries affecting public safety, including nuclear power and aviation.
  • Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations.
  • Workers who have been harassed, stalked, or assaulted.
  • Doctors, lawyers, accountants, and other executives negotiating employment contracts or separation from their employment.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblowers.
  • Professors denied tenure or their rights as tenured faculty.

The best way to appreciate the scope of our work is to read about some of our representative cases or read reviews from past clients.

EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZATIONS

Almost every day, we help progressive organizations set policies that comply with the law, bring clarity to the workplace and reflect their values. Because we work for many clients in the progressive non-profit space, we have a special understanding of their issues.  Our recent employment handbook and policy work has covered:

  • Background checks
  • Codes of conduct
  • Conflict of interest
  • Disability accommodation
  • Employee benefits
  • Family and medical leave
  • Hiring and diversity
  • I-9 and e-verify compliance
  • Job classification
  • Mobile devices
  • Paid family leave
  • Performance improvement plans
  • Political activity and limits on political activity
  • Progressive discipline
  • Sexual harassment prevention
  • Social media
  • Vacation and paid time off
  • Virtual workplaces
  • Wage payment and collection

And when, despite best efforts and intentions, disputes and problems can arise, our deep litigation background helps us give realistic assessments and strategies to move forward.