Senior Associate Michelle de Vera negotiates $73,500 settlement in client’s [1] workplace harassment and reprisal complaint against the Department of the Navy.

After years of enduring harassment based on sex and reprisal, the Client reached out to Pitre & Associates to assist her with her Formal EEO Complaint.  The firm assisted the Client in navigating the EEO Investigative process, and ensured the Client provided the testimony and documentary evidence necessary to prove her claims.  Shortly after requesting an EEOC hearing, Pitre & Associates was able to successfully settle the Client’s case due to evidence we were able to acquire and have included in the Report of Investigation.  The settlement agreement included correcting the Client’s inaccurate performance appraisal, $65,000 in compensatory damages; and reimbursement of $8,500 in attorneys’ fees, for an award totaling $73,500.

The client had the following to add to this success story:

When my original requests for help went unanswered by 3 different supervisors, I finally filed an EEO complaint.  I thought I could manage the testimonies, declarations, sworn statements, and all the other responses that I would need to respond to.

However, after getting frustrated and overwhelmed with the process, the number and length of the responses, the pandemic, and still having a lot of work to do; I contacted Ms. Michelle De Vera at the Pitre and Associates law firm. She was amazing!  She handled my case from start to finish and walked me through the entire process both thoroughly and professionally.  It was much more involved than I had imagined, and I probably would have given up in frustration without Michelle's assistance and guidance.

Her professional demeanor and knowledge put me at ease and took a huge burden off my shoulders.  Michelle not only negotiated my settlement and the correction of my yearly evaluation, but she also made sure everything was finalized and complete before it was closed out.

The fees charged by Pitre and Associates for all the assistance I received was amazingly reasonable.  I couldn't have done it without Ms. De Vera.  I highly recommend her and Pitre and Associates law firm.

[1] Client wishes for her identity to remain anonymous.

Senior Associate Michelle de Vera Successfully Defends Client Against the Department of Defense

The Client retained Pitre & Associates after receiving a Notice of Proposed Removal.  After entering a Notice of Appearance, Ms. de Vera worked with the client to provide a Written and Oral Reply to the proposed charges.  After hearing our replies, the Agency determined Removal was not warranted, and the Client’s record remained unblemished.

Senior Associate Michelle de Vera negotiates a $20,000 settlement in client’s [1] discrimination suit against the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The client retained Pitre & Associates due to the long-standing discrimination and harassment she was suffering at her Agency.  As soon as the matter reached the EEOC, the parties participated in mediation where Ms. de Vera successfully negotiated a $20,000 settlement. The client had the following to add to this success story: I want to thank Ms. de Vera for her assistance in bringing my case to a successful and amicable resolution. She was professional, responsive, thorough in her analysis of the matter, and flexible and clear in her communication. I was not certain where this would lead, and I am very satisfied with the outcome. Ms. de Vera’s engagement enabled resolution of prior harm and has allowed me to move forward.  

[1] Client’s identity must remain anonymous due to confidentiality of settlement agreement.

January 27, 2021

After months of being subjected to an ongoing pattern and practice of discrimination, hostile work environment harassment, and retaliation by the Agency due to her race, age and engaging in prior protected activity, the client retained our firm to assist her in the processing of her EEO Complaint. Prior to the start of the discovery phase in the EEOC process, the firm successfully negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of the client, which included a monetary award totaling $15,000, plus the return of annual leave taken as a result of the Agency’s discrimination.

[1] Client wishes for her identity to remain anonymous.

 

January 19, 2021

The client contacted Pitre & Associates after being subjected to discrimination and wrongful termination by her employer after she became pregnant.  The firm was able to successfully negotiate a favorable settlement on behalf of the client, which included a monetary award totaling $10,000 without having to engage in a lengthy EEOC Hearing process.

The client had the following to add to this success story:

Pitre & Associates was the only law firm that I called that believed in my story and also saw that I was being discriminated against because of my pregnancy and race. Also, Melissa Lovell, my lawyer was great, and represented me very well in my case.

[1] Client wishes for her identity to remain anonymous.

 

October 30, 2020

After experiencing discrimination and hostile work environment at her Federal Agency, the client contacted the firm to assist in the processing of her EEO Compliant. Within four months of retaining Pitre & Associates, the firm was able to successfully negotiate the client’s discrimination complaint without having to go through a lengthy EEOC process.  The settlement agreement included reassignment and a monetary award totaling $37,000. 

[1] Client wishes for her identity to remain anonymous.

 

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