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February 2018 Archives

P&K WHISTLEBLOWER CLIENT HELEN FOSTER IN THE PRESS

The whistleblower reprisal complaint of Helen Foster, a senior civil servant at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was recently featured in the press. Ms. Foster has alleged that she suffered reprisal after not following through on finding money which exceeded the legal limit to redecorate new HUD Secretary Ben Carson's office. Ms. Foster's story was first publicly reported in a February 27, 2018 article by The Guardian newspaper, and has since been publicly reported in a number of other media outlets. Ms. Foster herself was interviewed by CNNconcerning her allegations. Ms. Foster's whistleblower reprisal complaint was filed at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. While her whistleblower reprisal complaint is pending, Ms. Foster has been detailed to a position at the Treasury Department at her own request. Ms. Foster believes that alleged retaliatory actions by HUD have negatively impacted her career and reputation. Ms. Foster is seeking remedies such as reinstatement as HUD Chief Administrative Officer and award of compensatory damages. Ms. Foster is represented by Passman & Kaplan, P.C. Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan. 

Man alleges mistreatment by co-workers, supervisors and HR

A New Jersey county employee says he was repeatedly subjected to ugly racial harassment at work. He is suing the government entity for failing to protect him from discrimination by co-workers. He also claims he suffered retaliation for filing discrimination complaints and further mistreated when he filed a work injury claim.

PASSMAN & KAPLAN SENIOR ASSOCIATE MODERATES PANEL WITH EEOC OFO STAFF

Passman & Kaplan Senior Associate Andrew J. Perlmutter will be moderating a panel discussion with staff from EEOC's Office of Federal Operations on May 10, 2018. The discussion, " Latest Federal Sector Developments at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office of Federal Operations", is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Government Personnel Committee. 

Developments at the MSPB: FY 2017 Annual Report

Developments at the MSPB: On January 19, 2018, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued its annual report for FY 2017. The report discussed the current status of the MSPB's overall case processing in FY 2017.

PASSMAN & KAPLAN SENIOR ASSOCIATE MODERATES PANEL WITH MSPB STAFF

Passman & Kaplan Senior Associate Andrew J. Perlmutter will be moderating a panel discussion with staff from the Merit Systems Protection Board on April 19, 2018. The discussion, "Latest Developments at the Merit Systems Protection Board CY 2017 Year In Review", is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Government Personnel Committee. 

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