Employment Discrimination


Susan* came to The Colvin Law Firm two weeks before her maternity leave was supposed to end at her employer.  She was scheduled to report back to work, but that day, she had received a letter from her employer indicating that her job position had been terminated.  Susan’s employer had offered her two weeks pay, and nothing more.  Susan was effectively now unemployed and without health care benefits.

The Colvin Law Firm took her case and quickly swung into action.  After putting our investigation team to work, it was obvious to our attorneys that Susan’s employer had violated numerous laws under both the Family and Medical Leave Act and the District of Columbia Human Rights Act  statutes.  We begin lining up witnesses and preparing to file a Complaint against Susan’s employer.

In the interim, during one of several meetings with The Colvin Law Firm, Susan indicated that she didn’t want to return to work for an employer who treated her unfairly.  She stated that because she had children, she was obviously in need of the money and the health care benefits that the job provided and unfortunately might be forced to take the one-month salary offer because she was not in a position to wait over a year for the case to go to trial.**

Utilizing that information Within two weeks, The Colvin Law Firm had negotiated a substantial six-figure settlement with her employer.  In addition to the cash portion of the settlement, The Colvin Law Firm negotiated to include the employer covering Susan’s complete health care costs for over one year, for both Susan and her children.  In addition, monies were also paid to allow Susan to receive employment counseling to find another position.  Even though the attorneys at The Colvin Law Firm each believed that the case was potentially worth more at trial, we presented Susan with the options that allowed her to best choose what was right for her and her family.

In addition, our Reduced Fee Program resulted in Susan receiving over an additional  $30,000.00 recovery, in comparison to what she would have received had another firm charged her 33% (or worse yet %40).

The bottom line is no matter what type of discrimination you may have faced, The Colvin Law Firm will fight on your behalf.  No matter how old (or young) you are, whatever your race, creed, or national origin, regardless what religion you adhere to, or your sexual orientation, no matter if you are male or female, pregnant or not, and regardless of any disability you may have, The Colvin Law Firm is here for you.


*   Not her real name.

** Unfortunately, the typical time between filing a civil case and actually going to trial, for both the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is well over one year.  The Colvin Law Firm, however, prides itself on its’ courtroom performance and prepares every case as if it were going to trial.


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