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For Public Officials and Other Government Employees, Applicants, and Contractors

In addition to the employment protections enjoyed by all employees in both the private and public sectors, government employees, applicants, and contractors also are protected by the federal and state constitutions and other federal and state laws. We have substantial experience representing public officials and other government employees, applicants, and contractors with their employment issues such as severance, non-renewal or breach of employment contract, termination, layoff, retaliation, whistle blowing, free speech, due process, equal protection, and employment discrimination. Below are a few of the cases we’ve handled successfully for public officials and other government employees, applicants, and contractors. If you are a public official other government employee, applicant, or contractor with a similar employment problem, contact us today.

Nature of CaseResultsJurisdiction

Breach of Employment Contract

Defeated town government’s appeal of its previously denied motion to dismiss the breach of employment contract claim of a town manager fired less than ten months into his five year contract.


Government Discrimination;
Race Discrimination in Contracts

Obtained a six figure recovery for an African-American President of a business denied a contract with a state college because of his race.

United States
District Court
For the
District of

Whistle Blowers’
Contract Non-renewal

Obtained a settlement for the Cafeteria Manager of a State School District in Sussex County whose contract was nonrenewed after he reported to the State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that a building principal misappropriated school funds.


Whistle Blowers’ Protection

Obtained a $300,000 settlement for a town manager fired for reporting the treasurer’s mismanagement of public funds, the police chief’s misappropriation of public resources, and non-resident developers’ acts against the public interest.

Superior Court,
Kent County

Due Process and
Discrimination under the Fourteenth Amendment and 42 U.S.C. § 1983; the Delaware Handicapped Persons Employment Protections Act

Obtained a settlement for a municipal office employee with a prescription for medical marijuana for her Lyme Disease who was refused a reasonable accommodation; administered a drug test; denied in violation of the Town’s drug and alcohol policy a retest which was provided to her nondisabled, male co-worker; and ultimately discharged.

Division of
Industrial Affairs

Unemployment Appeal in
New Castle County, Delaware for an Employee of a
State Contractor

Won an appeal hearing granting unemployment benefits to a Staff Psychologist employed at a State prison who was banned from the correctional facility and discharged by the staffing agency just six days after he reported a workplace back injury he sustained while helping to cut down a suicidal inmate attempting to hang himself in his cell.

Division of
Unemployment Insurance

Denial of Hire in State Government Employment;
Race Discrimination

Procured a settlement for an African-American job applicant with a Master’s Degree denied hire in favor of a Caucasian high school graduate who did not meet the minimum qualifications of the job.

United States

Race Discrimination in State Government Employment

Won a Motion to Amend a Complaint to include claims of racial discrimination under the federal civil rights laws against racial and governmental discrimination on behalf of an African-American nurse wrongfully terminated by a State Hospital.

Superior Court,
New Castle County

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