KPWH attorneys filed a lawsuit on January 9, 2019 to end the practice of forcing certain federal employees to work while in unpaid status during the government shutdown. The suit alleges that this practice violates the Thirteenth Amendment’s prohibition of involuntary servitude. The suit also claims that the government is in violation of the Fifth Amendment by prohibiting federal employees from obtaining outside employment during a government shutdown, and that the government’s practice of compelling some federal employees to provide unpaid work violates the Constitution’s separation of powers and other federal statutes.
A copy of the lawsuit is available by clicking here.
KPWH is honored to have filed suit on behalf of federal employees standing up for their rights. For more information about our law firm, or for contact information, click here.
A May 4, 2018 article published by The New York Times about new sexual harassment guidelines issued by the Department of Justice quotes KPWH co-manager Cathy Harris, who questions the DOJ policy. Ms. Harris stated to the Times:
“The question this raises is who does the Department of Justice prioritize?” Ms. Harris said. “Right now, they’re worried about being sued by harassers. They should be worried about being sued by the victims whose claims are ignored. That will be much more damaging to the department’s reputation.”
Read the entire NY Times article here.
Contact KPWH to discuss your possible legal claims.
On March 1, 2018, Kator, Parks, Weiser & Harris joined the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in filing an amicus curiae brief supporting a critical case brought by the Organic Trade Association against the Trump Administration for its continued delays in implementing the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule.
KPWH is proud to join with the ASPCA to fight efforts by the Trump Administration to delay the rules that were crafted by career USDA officials. Learn more about KPWH and ASPCA’s amicus curiae brief and the case here.
Kator, Park, Weiser & Harris, P.L.L.C. attorneys Cathy Harris and Daniel Clark joined with the National Women’s Law Center to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of almost 50 civil rights organizations in support of female student victims of cyber harassment. The brief supports the position that the University of Mary Washington did not fulfill its legal duty under Title IX, which requires schools to address sexual harassment against students. Kator, Park, Weiser & Harris, P.L.L.C. is proud to stand with the National Women’s Law Center to advance the cause of equal access to education for all students, and to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers named Kator, Parks, Weiser & Harris as a 2018 leading law firm in the area of Employment Law. KPWH is proud of its lawyers and the work we have done to receive such an honor.
Cathy Harris was named as a 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of Employment Law-Individuals in Washington, DC by Best Lawyers.
The 2013 Roster of DC Area SuperLawyers includes KPW Attorneys Michael Kator and Cathy Harris. KPW Attorney Jeremy Wright was also named as a DC Area SuperLawyer Rising Star. KPW congratulates its Members on their recognition as 2013 DC SuperLawyers.
KPW Co-Manager Jessica Parks was contacted by The Washington Post to provide expert perspective on possible federal employee furloughs. In an article published February 27, 2013, The Washington Post quoted Ms. Parks regarding possible legal issues that could arise if federal employees are furloughed due to sequestration. In the article, “Sequester a nightmare for appeals agency,” The Washington Post wrote, “In terms of precedent, furlough cases are ‘largely unexplored territory,’ said Jessica Parks, a former MSPB vice chairman who is now with Kator, Parks & Weiser. She said that many earlier cases involved special rules applying to one small group of employees, administrative law judges.”
Ms. Parks discussed possible legal challenges that may be available to federal employees subject to a furlough order: “‘It comes down to: Are there going to be fairness issues? And that depends on how each agency handles it,’ Parks said. …. ‘While that may sound simple, we see in our practice that agencies often don’t follow procedures correctly,’ Parks said. ‘Sometimes they make mistakes. If that happened in a particular case, it could result in the reversal of an action and then back pay and other relief.'”
If you have questions about your possible legal rights related to a furlough order, contact KPW now (at 202-898-4800) to discuss your legal options.
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