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  • Lynne Bernabei will be presenting on “The Nuts and Bolts of Litigating Sexual Harassment and Assault Cases” on July 10, 2020, at the annual conference of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).  Her panel will explore the nuts and bolts of litigating sexual harassment and sexual assault cases in the #MeToo era.  Lynne and the other panelists will discuss arbitration as opposed to going to court; proceeding under a pseudonym; nondisclosure agreements; how to handle sensitive emotional distress issues; how to limit discovery of medical evidence; state laws that provide greater coverage; problems of protecting contractors or undocumented workers; gathering support from victims’ rights and women’s groups; and mediation of sexual harassment cases.
  • Law360 quoted Alan Kabat on the Supreme Court’s recent employment discrimination decision, Bostock v. Clayton County, and the broader impact that this will have on other employment cases.
  • MedStar employee claims in lawsuit she was fired for tweeting about hospital’s lack of coronavirus safety precautions
    Bernabei & Kabat client, Sarah Cusick, filed suit against MedStar Health, Inc. and MedStar’s Washington Hospital Center on Friday, May 15, 2020. Ms. Cusick alleges that the Washington Hospital Center wrongfully terminated her employment because she reported, to management and by posting over social media, the Hospital’s failure to protect patients and staff under federal and District of Columbia COVID-19 protocols. As The Washington Post writes, quoting Lynne Bernabei, “They called her in and said, ‘We want you to remove the posts; this is hurting MedStar’s brand.’” Ms. Cusick was terminated immediately afterward.
  • The Demise of Non-Disclosure Agreements in the #MeToo Era
    In the absence of meaningful federal legislation, states are considering the best way to stop patterns of sexual assault and help victims heal outside the spotlight of a trial. While legislation that prohibits non-disclosure agreements in sexual misconduct settlements may benefit victims who seek to share their stories, others desire confidentiality and closure. Proposed legislation should respect victims’ differing priorities and help them hold wrongdoers accountable, either publicly or privately.
  • Health Worker Files Suit Against MedStar For Terminating Her Employment For Reporting That It Did Not Adequately Protect Patients And Staff From COVID-19
  • Super Lawyers has recognized Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC attorneys Alan R. Kabat and Kristen Sinisi
  • INJUSTICE & CORRUPTION IN FLORENCE, AZ –Hondo Hunter and Jarris Varnrobinson Vonzombie’s Story
  • WUSA Channel 9 recently interviewed DC Police Sergeant Charlotte Djossou, about her whistleblowing reports. In the interview, Sergeant Djossou explained how she had complained that the Metropolitan Police Department was under-reporting crimes, in order to “improve” the crime statistics. These “improvements” were used to promote the captains and commanders. Some felonies were reclassified as simple assaults, meaning that the perpetrator, if convicted, would serve a much shorter sentence before being released. Sergeant Djossou had previously complained about this conduct, both within the Metropolitan Police Department, and to the D.C. Council, and was retaliated against for her reports. Bernabei & Kabat PLLC represents Sergeant Djossou.
  • The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently issued a preliminary determination that the Tennessee Valley Authority illegally retaliated against two former employees in violation of the whistleblower protections of the NRC regulations. The NRC determined that TVA investigated both employees, placed them on leave, and forced them out “in part, for engaging in protected activities,” which included their multiple reports about significant safety issues at TVA’s nuclear power plants.
    The NRC’s finding is consistent with the Department of Labor’s OSHA determination in 2019 that TVA retaliated against one of the employees who had also filed an OSHA complaint. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported on the retaliation and investigations. Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC represented both employees, and our attorneys have represented a number of other TVA employees over the past several decades.
  • Lynne Bernabei interviewed re: corporate travel during coronavirus
  • Florence officials remain defendants in lawsuit
  • US Court of Appeals for 9th Circuit rejected an appeal by several Florence, AZ government officials
  • The Knoxville News Sentinel published an article [Department of Labor rules in favor of nuclear whistleblower] about a one of our clients, a nuclear engineer at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) who was fired after she persisted in reporting safety issues at TVA’s nuclear programs. The Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, found in favor of our firm’s client, finding that TVA’s purported justification for firing her was “demonstrably false,” and that she was terminated “because of the information she provided during a chilled work environment investigation.” The Department of Labor found that even TVA had to admit “that it took adverse action against [Ms. Wetzel] because of her participation in [TVA’s] chilled work environment investigation, in which she provided her honest responses to the investigators’ questions.”

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