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WRONGFUL TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT/
SEVERANCE AND EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS/
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION/RETALIATION

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

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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 Case Results Jurisdiction
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. Delaware
Supreme
Court
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
Delaware
Whistle Blowers’
Protection
Act;
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. Delaware
Superior
Court
Delaware
Whistle Blowers’ Protection
Act
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. Delaware
Superior Court,
Kent County
Due Process and
Government
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. Delaware
Department
Of
Labor
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. Delaware
Department
Of
Labor
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
Equal
Employment
Opportunity
Commission
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. Delaware
Superior Court,
New Castle County

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