Promotions and Hiring

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"Mr. LaRosa was extremely knowledgeable and thorough throughout the entire process. He professionally assessed the strength of my case and successfully negotiated a settlement with my employer. I especially appreciated his honesty and ease of contact."
- TM

"[Y]ou should be canonized as the patron saint of workers." - BGW

Nature of Case

Results

Jurisdiction

Race
Discrimination;
Denial of
Promotion;
Retaliation

Obtained a settlement for an African-American Special Education Teacher who was twice denied a promotion that was first given to an unqualified Caucasian with whom the School District had preliminary conversations about the position before posting it and that was later re-titled and given to a second Caucasian after the teacher filed a race discrimination complaint.

United States
District Court
For the
District of
Delaware

Pregnancy
Discrimination;
Denial of
Promotion; Demotion

Obtained a settlement for an Assistant Principal Intern who was denied promotion to Assistant Principal and demoted to Teacher just one month after she disclosed her pregnancy to the School District that then promoted a less qualified, non-pregnant teacher to the Assistant Principal role who the Intern previously prevailed over for the internship.

United States
District Court
For the
District of
Delaware

Procedural Due
Process under the
Fourteenth Amendment and
42 U.S.C. § 1983;
Denial of Promotion

Obtained a six figure recovery on behalf of three, long time police Sergeants each denied promotion to Lieutenant in favor of two, less experienced officers including a Corporal in violation of state law requiring that Lieutenant promotees have at least two years time in grade as Sergeants.

United States
District Court
For the
District of
Delaware

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
Delaware

National origin and
race
discrimination;
Denial of
promotions in local
government
employment

Obtained a $215,000 settlement on behalf of two Hispanic police officers each denied promotion to Sergeant because of their ethnicity.

United States District Court
For the
District of
Delaware

First Amendment
freedom of speech
and right to
petition the
government for
redress of
grievances;
Promotion

Obtained a judgment for a police lieutenant denied three promotions to captain despite ranking first on the test for the vacancy after he testified before a federal grand jury against the county executive and his chief administrative officer.

United States District Court
For the
District of
Delaware

Sexual Orientation
Discrimination;
Denial of Promotion

Obtained a promotion for a homosexual Biochemist previously denied multiple times in favor of less senior, heterosexual peers despite excellent performance evaluations and recommendations from her direct supervisor and his boss.

Delaware
Department
Of
Labor
Division of
Industrial Affairs

Denial of
promotion;
Retaliation;
Involuntary
transfer;
Sex and Age
discrimination in
employment

Won an EEOC determination of cause for discrimination and eventually procured a five figure settlement for a 48 year old female executive denied a promotion and involuntarily transferred to another department after she complained of sex and age discrimination by her younger male manager.

United States
Equal
Employment
Opportunity
Commission

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
Equal
Employment
Opportunity
Commission