Health care worker fired for refusing forced overtime

Practice Area: Wrongful Termination
Date:  Jan 09, 2015
Outcome: Verdict for Plaintiff $121,869, prevailed on appeal
Description: While working with another firm, I brought a case of first impression under PA Act 102 against a health care facility that fired a direct care worker for refusing assignments of forced overtime.

Invalidated non-compete

Practice Area: Employment & Labor
Date: Jan 16, 2013
Outcome: Obtained preliminary injunction; prevailed on appeal​
Description: Declaratory judgment action against an employer who required an employee to sign a non-compete agreement after beginning employment

Religious discrimination

Practice Area: Discrimination
Date: Dec 22, 2014
Outcome: defeated summary judgment
Description: Employer fired employee who requested accommodation of being excused from meetings that violated her religious beliefs

Political affiliation discrimination

Practice Area: Employment & Labor
Date: Oct 21, 2013
Outcome: defeated summary judgment; settled
Description: Two deputy sheriffs were fired after one of them ran against the sitting sheriff, and the other supported his coworker's candidacy.

​Disability discrimination

Practice Area: Discrimination
Date: Sep 30, 2014
Outcome: defeated summary judgment
Description: Nurse was removed from her position because of her hearing impairment

Age & race discrimination

Practice Area: Discrimination
Date: May 13, 2014
Outcome: defeated summary judgment; settled
Description: University failed to hire qualified adjunct professor and instead hired two younger employees of a different race who had no teaching experience.

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Pregnancy discrimination

Practice Area: Discrimination
Date: Nov 08, 2011
Outcome: defeated summary judgment; settled
Description: Assistant public defender was fired after returning to work after birth of child

Equal Pay Act & Retaliation

Practice Area: Discrimination
Date: Aug 13, 2010
Outcome: defeated summary judgment; resolved during jury deliberation
Description: Female executive was paid less than male coworkers, and was fired after complaining about pay discrepancy

Reverse race discrimination

Practice Area: Discrimination
Date: Dec 11, 2009
Outcome: Verdict for Plaintiff, including back pay and reinstatement
Description: White employee was fired after argument with African American coworker. Employer fired both of them so African American employee would not be able to claim discrimination

Race discrimination

Practice Area: Discrimination
Date: Jun 28, 2010
Outcome: defeated summary judgment
Description: African American employee was fired after being called racial slurs. White coworker was also fired after opposing racial slurs

Gender discrimination & retaliation

Practice Area: Discrimination
Date: Sep 21, 2011
Outcome: defeated summary judgment
Description: Female retail assistant manager was not promoted, and was told that manager said he would never promote a woman. After complaining about gender discrimination, she was fired