NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.
FH+H lawyers are helping two employees seek reasonable accommodations in the workplace in response to allegations that their employer had been punishing the clients for disabilities related to traumatic brain injury.
Our firm filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requiring the employer to remove derogatory comments from the two employees’ performance reviews that reference their disabilities.
FH+H is also seeking reasonable accommodations in the workplace, including telecommuting, use of an electronic calendar, written instructions for work issues, allowances for the employees to make medical appointments, and the implementation of quiet spaces in the workplace.
Read about FH+H’s Employment Law practice group here.
A federal employee was cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing, including creating a hostile work environment and misuse of government equipment, after FH+H Partner Kevin Byrnes presented evidence that religious discrimination was the motivating factor behind complaints by fellow employees.
The client, a practicing Muslim, is a former Marine and converted to Islam when he served in combat in Afghanistan. In his civilian position, he participated in daily prayers, grew a beard, and supported the local Mosque and the Islamic community on the military installation where he worked.
Relying on strained accusations that the employee was too harsh on subordinates and created a “hostile work environment”, subordinates made allegations that the employee had engaged in misuse of government equipment, threats, and harassment. The employee was recommended for suspension and placed under investigation by the Inspector General.
Mr. Byrnes’ opposed the personnel action and the IG inquiry. In submissions to the agency, Mr. Byrnes presented compelling evidence that the employee had been subject to discrimination, harassment, and reprisal for his religious practices. Thanks to Mr. Byrnes, the employee was cleared of all claims of wrongdoing by the Inspector General. His proposed adverse action was mitigated, nevertheless, believing there was no basis for any charge, Mr. Byrnes filed an EEO claim for the employee, which is pending.
To read about Mr. Byrnes’ experience and capabilities, see here.
FH+H Partner Kevin Byrnes successfully defended a U.S. Army civilian doctor against a termination action by his agency, by establishing that the doctor’s medical condition was responsible for what had been perceived as misconduct and by showing that the agency had engaged in numerous due process and procedural violations in bringing its action.
Rather than being fired, the client received a minor punishment for what was in effect an oversight on certain travel submissions and was cleared of more extensive charges of fraud and false statement. He also preserved his medical license and referred his own treatment to the Inspector General.
To read about Mr. Byrnes’ experience and capabilities, see here.
FH+H Files Contract Appeals at Court of Federal Claims and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) for ClientAugust 22, 2018
The FH+H Government Contracts team, including Partner Milt Johns and Associate Rachel Leahey, filed two appeals on behalf of a client, one at the Court of Federal Claims, and the other at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA). Both appeals involve the same client and same contracting office but different contract vehicles.
The appeal to the Court of Federal Claims seeks funds in excess of $6 million related to two requests for equitable adjustment (REAs) that were denied by the contracting officer. The appeal to the ASBCA involves a request for contract interpretation related to a unilateral delivery schedule imposed on the client by the contracting officer.
Thanks to the help of FH+H attorneys, a government contractor client became eligible for an award after initially being excluded from the competition. The client then won the contract after entering into negotiations with the government.
A client that submitted a bid to a federal agency was notified by that agency that they had been excluded from the competitive range in the procurement and would not be eligible for an award.
The Government Contracts team at FH+H, including Partner Milt Johns and Law Clerk Emily Spence, filed a protest on the client’s behalf, in response to which the agency agreed to reinstate the client to the competitive range.
The client participated in the negotiations and submitted revised pricing, ultimately winning the contract.
Managing Partner Tom Craig provided legal counsel to an individual who was requested to provide testimony to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Mr. Craig effectively counseled and prepared the client for testimony.
FH+H’s Government Investigations team holds high-level security clearances and includes a former Associate White House Counsel, former prosecutors, and former public defenders all with extensive experience defending against government investigations.
Read more about our Government Investigations Practice Group here.
FH+H attorneys, including Managing Partner Tom Craig and Senior Associate Marlena Ewald, successfully assisted a marine engineering and architecture firm in a complex intellectual property rights issue.
With the help of Mr. Craig and Ms. Ewald, the client was able to negotiate an eight-figure subcontract to design a new vessel for use by the US army.
FH+H Partner Milt Johns won a five-figure judgment at trial in state court on behalf of clients whose personal property was damaged by mold.
After living in a rental property for nine months, Mr. Johns’ clients discovered a large amount of mold had damaged some of their personal items as well as rendered the place uninhabitable.
With the help of Mr. Johns, the clients filed for damages and won a five-figure judgment when the matter was heard in court.
FH+H’s Litigation and Investigations practice group can handle all aspects of dispute resolution. Read about the team’s experience and capabilities here.
In response to a protest FH+H filed at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on behalf of a client, the Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to take voluntary corrective action and award our client an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.
The FH+H Government Contracts team, including Partner Milt Johns and Associate Rachel Leahey, guides middle-market government contractors through the maze of applicable rules and regulations to enable corporate success, now and in the future.
Read more about FH+H's Government Contracts Practice Group here.
The FH+H International Trade and Transactions team successfully obtained resolution from U.S. government investigating agencies regarding an arcane emoluments issue.
Read about FH+H’s International Trade and Transactions group here.