September 1, 2019

After being denied a reasonable accommodation that resulted in tremendous personal stress and anxiety, the client contacted Pitre & Associates to assist her with her discrimination lawsuit.  Pitre & Associates zealously represented the client through a lengthy EEOC process and was able to settle the matter without the need for a hearing.  The settlement agreement included restoration of 45 leave hours and a monetary award totaling $55,000. 

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

I was very pleased with the way that Mr. Pitre and Ms. de Vera handled my case.  They were always available and responsive when I had questions or concerns to discuss issues related to the case. They were very compassionate and empathetic about sensitive issues associated with my disability. They eased a lot of my emotional stress during a very difficult time. They provided guidance along every step in a difficult path and it feels like we became family along the way.  I love that the firm kept me well informed about my case and provided timely updates. I wouldn't hesitate to use this firm again if needed and I highly recommend anyone who is searching for a top-notch law firm contact Pitre & Associates.  

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

September 1, 2019

After being issued a Notice of Proposed Removal, the client contacted Pitre & Associates for representation.  Prior to receiving the proposed removal, the client had worked for the federal government for over 30 years and her wish was to be able to retire.  In less than three weeks, Pitre & Associates was able to settle the client's case on her terms and she was able to retire, with a clean record, and a neutral reference in the event she ever wanted to return to federal employment. 

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

July 1, 2019

Pitre & Associates has been extremely successful over the first half of 2019 in negotiating excellent settlement agreements on behalf of its clients. A brief synopsis of the cases are as follows:

1) After unsuccessfully battling with the Agency to grant a Reasonable Accommodation request, Client[1] filed an EEO complaint for disability discrimination and reached out to our firm to assist in the representation of that case during the EEOC process. Concurrently, the Agency had issued Client a Notice of Proposed Removal. Pitre & Associates successfully negotiated the cancellation of that Notice of Proposed Removal, payment of approximately 6 months of Client’s salary, a neutral reference letter, and 4 months on the Agency roles to find a new position; totaling approximately $40,000.

The Client had the following to offer:

November 1, 2018

After threat of the removal of her ability to perform the essential functions of her position while under a Reasonable Accommodation, and also being issued the directive to go on unpaid short-term disability; the client reached out to Pitre and Associates for assistance. After working on the case for just over three months, this firm was able to secure the client’s position with the Agency and allow her to continue to perform her duties under a 100% telework agreement.  

The client had the following to add to this success story: “I was so appreciative of the professionalism of the people at Pitre and Associates.  I'm so glad I decided to call them that first day.  Michelle was easy to reach, she listened, and gave me excellent support and guidance that ultimately ended the case in my favor.  Without her, I would either be unemployed or out on short term disability at only 60% of my salary.  Thanks Michelle!”

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

October 1, 2018

After a 2 and 1/2-year fight, where the Agency only provided the client with an initial settlement offer of $5,000. However, the client bravely stayed the course and allowed Pitre & Associates to continue to fight his case with the guidance that based on the facts in his matter, a positive outcome would result. Consequently, prior to proceeding to an EEOC hearing, the Agency finally relented and settled the case under client’s terms of approximately $50,000 which included 2018 Laffey rate attorney’s fees. The client was 100% pleased with the outcome.

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

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.

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