Pitre & Associates Successfully Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

July 1, 2018

Attorneys Michelle de Vera and A. Marques Pitre Successfully Negotiate $50,000 Settlement in Client's [1] Sexual Harassment Suit Against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The client, after experiencing unwanted touching, and an inappropriate sexual comment from a fellow Agency employee, filed a Formal Complaint of Sexual Harassment against the Agency. When the client made it to the EEOC Hearing phase of her case, she reached out to the firm to acquire assistance with her matter. Within 2 months of representation, this firm was able to negotiate a settlement agreement that included a $50,000 award including attorney’s fees at the 2018 Laffey Rate, the client receiving one additional day of telework per week, and a new workspace completely away from her offender. The client was very pleased with the outcome of her case and had the following to say: 

After being let down by the lack of support from VA leadership for over 2 1/2 years, and feeling like I had nowhere else to turn, Pitre & Associates provided me an opportunity to be HEARD.  The attorneys listened to my concerns and provided me with honest guidance, and kept me headed in the right direction with clear explanations on the EEO laws.  They stepped in and fought for my rights, and refused to allow me to settle for anything less than what I deserved.  

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