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Employee casualty of retaliation and wrongful termination in the wake of GSA scandal

During 2010, at a time when U.S. unemployment rates remained high and economic growth stagnant, 300 employees of the U.S. General Services Administration gathered in Las Vegas for an extravagant $823,000 Western Regions conference. As reports of the costly event broke, taxpayers and Washington officials were outraged to learn of the $7,000 sushi reception, $3,200 mind reader and $130,000 scouting trips funded by taxpayer dollars.

In the wake of the GSA scandal, officials in the Obama administration took action to crack-down on overspending by government agencies. As public outrage mounted, Congressional hearings were held during which executives at GSA were questioned about their apparent abuses of power and overspending.

EEOC: Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Prohibited By Title VII

The EEOC's recent ruling in Baldwin v. Dep't of Transportation, EEOC Appeal No. 0120133080, 2015 WL 4397641 (July 16, 2015) represents another significant victory in the hard-fought battle for the rights of the LGBT community. This groundbreaking decision is the first of its kind to find that claims of discrimination based on "sexual orientation" may be brought under Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964.

DC wage discrimination and the Equal Pay Act

Wage discrimination was a pervasive issue in America's workplace in the past, and some in Washington, D.C., would say it may still exist in certain situations. It is for these reasons that federal laws were passed to protect workers' rights, including the right to equal pay. One act that addresses equal pay based on gender is the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

What can you do before filing a DC wrongful termination claim?

Losing your job in Washington, D.C., is a difficult situation to be in. Questions about how to afford your bills, housing and put food on the table will instantly loom to the forefront. Anxiety about the future and sleepless nights may soon follow. It is a situation that no person in Washington, D.C., wants to be in. And, it is a situation that is made all the more difficult, if you feel you have been wrongfully terminated.

DC sexual orientation based workplace discrimination still exists

Although lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals now have the right to marry their cause has redirected its focus on another important issue LGBT individuals face: workplace discrimination. In fact, at least as of right now, there is not a federal law that prohibits employment discrimination against workers based on that worker's sexual orientation.

Fighting back against DC workplace discrimination

When people in Washington, D.C., think of workplace discrimination, they may initially think of discriminatory acts based on a person's race or gender. However, age discrimination is also an issue in Washington D.C. that could go unnoticed.

What protections are available to wage and hour whistleblowers?

It is an unfortunate fact that some employers in Washington, D.C., engage in unscrupulous or even illegal acts. Violations of wage and hour laws are just one example of an illegal activity that an employer may engage in, and that an employee may report. It is important to note that the law protects such employees from being retaliated against by their employer for reporting such activity.

How does federal law address DC child labor?

For better or worse, most people in Washington, D.C., remember getting their first job. It is a right of passage for many. However, it is important to remember that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act has child labor law provisions that dictate the hours and types of work a minor can perform.

Reasonable accommodations and disability discrimination

People with disabilities in Washington D.C. often take great pride in being able to support themselves independently. In fact, it is often the case that a disabled person is, with reasonable accommodations, able to perform the same job duties that a non-disabled person is able to. However, there are times when individuals face disability discrimination while on the job.

Sex discrimination alleged in lawsuit against Justice Department

The United States Department of Justice, through the work of its United States Attorneys and staffs, works to prosecute crimes committed in violation of federal law. District of Columbia residents may be familiar with the 13 appellate courts to which district court matters are raised on appeal; district courts are where alleged violations of federal law are initially heard for trial.

There are district courts throughout the country and attorneys who serve those courts as prosecutors. While most of those prosecutors are seasoned with regard to bringing lawsuits on behalf of the people of the United States, they may not be as familiar with initiating litigation on behalf of themselves. A former prosecutor for a federal court recently did just that, however, when she filed claims against the Department of Justice alleging to be the victim of sex discrimination.

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