D.C. Bar Programs

“Drafting Employee Handbooks,” Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6-8:15 p.m. The cost is $89 is cosponsoring section members, $99 for D.C. Bar members, $109 for Government attorneys, and $129 for others.

“Affirmative Action Compliance Update,” Monday, April 30, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Conference Room 201, Washington D.C. 20004. The event is free. No registration is required.

“Most Employment Cases Settle – Getting to Mediation and Making it Work,” Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The cost is $20 for section members, $15 for students, and $30 for others.

D.C. Bar programs are generally held at the D.C. Bar’s new location at 1101 K Street, N.W., First Floor, Washington, D.C. unless otherwise stated. For more information and to register for these programs, please visit: www.dcbar.org. EJC Annual Labor Day Breakfast

On Labor Day 2012, the Employment Justice Center will celebrate 12 years of successful advocacy and legal victories for low-wage workers! The EJC will hold its Annual Labor Day Breakfast on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., at the Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St N.W., Washington, D.C., for a breakfast to celebrate and honor the 2012 Workplace Justice Award recipients. For more information, go to: www.dcejc.org


MWELA D.C. Happy Hour, Thursday, May 17, 2012

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MWELA Case Evaluation Clinic

MWELA's Case Evaluation Program, on March 22, 2012, conducted four case evaluations for the benefit of MWELA members seeking advice on issues in cases they are bringing.

The four cases included:

• an ADA lawsuit in USDC-E.D.VA for a former government contract employee who alleges constructive discharge;

• an ADA and FMLA complaint for a terminated employee against a local company;

• a complicated hostile work environment case before two U.S. District Judges in D.C. based on retaliation; and

• an age discrimination claim for an older woman who was RIF'ed by a government contractor.

Reviewing two cases each, the two case evaluation panels discussed a number of procedural, tactical, and substantive issues with the initiating attorneys in an hour-long session for each case.

We thank evaluators Gary Brown, Lenore Garon, Jon Gould, Jim Klimaski, Scott Oswald, Valencia Rainey, and Donna Rucker for generously offering their time and wise counsel to assist fellow MWELA members. ("Model juror" Edith Thomas, Ph.D, made a useful contribution as well.) We also thank The Employment Law Group for hosting the March 22 program. MWELA's Case Evaluation Program offers case evaluation panels on a periodic basis or at the specific request of a member.

The next case evaluation panel is scheduled for April 19. This panel will consider (1) an attorney's fees/Laffey rate issue (D.C. Circuit appeal) and (2) a complicated case involving FMLA, pregnancy discrimination, and equal pay. These case evaluations will take place at the offices of Gebhardt & Associates, LLP, 1101 17th Street, N.W., Suite 807, Washington, D.C. We will schedule another case evaluation panel in June. In the meantime, if a MWELA member needs a case evaluation, please call me at (202) 496-0400 .

– Joe Gebhardt, Co-chair

MWELA Case Evaluation Committee


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Newsletter - March/April 2012