News from Passman & Kaplan: The discrimination complaint of Tricia Newbold, an employee at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, was recently featured in the press. Ms. Newbold has alleged that she suffered ongoing disability discrimination based on her dwarfism at the hands of her supervisor, among other claims. Ms. Newbold's supervisor allegedly discriminated against her by repeatedly impairing Ms. Newbold's office access and by allowing office equipment and files to be placed out of her reach on several separate occasions. For example, Ms. Newbold alleges that her supervisor moved work-related security files that Ms. Newbold needed to a high location and then told her, "You have people, have them get you the files you need; or you can ask me." Based on these allegations, Ms. Newbold has filed a discrimination complaint, which is currently pending at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ms. Newbold's story was first publicly reported in a January 24, 2019 by NBC News. Ms. Newbold is represented by Passman & Kaplan, P.C. Founding Principal Edward H. Passman.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Washingtonian Magazine has named Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan one of Washington DC's "Best Lawyers" for 2018. The magazine's December 2018 edition identifies top lawyers by areas of practice. Mr. Kaplan is listed in the "Employment Plaintiffs" category. This is not the first time that Washingtonian has recognized Mr. Kaplan as one of Washington DC's Best Lawyers. Mr. Kaplan was named as a top DC lawyer by Washingtonian Magazine in 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2011. Prior to this year, Washingtonian Magazine ran its Top Lawyers feature every two years.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Principal Andrew J. Perlmutter will be moderating a panel discussion with staff from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on November 28, 2018. The discussion, "Latest Developments at the Office of Special Counsel", is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Government Personnel Committee. For additional details or to register, see the ABA's website.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan, P.C. is pleased to announce that P&K Senior Associates Andrew J. Perlmutter and Johnathan P. Lloyd have now become Principals of the firm, and that P&K associate Erik D. Snyder has become a Senior Associate of the firm.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan will present a webinar on disability issues in the federal workplace on September 13, 2018, at 12:00pm Eastern. The webinar, entitled "Accommodating and Managing Federal Employees with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities" is presented by LRP Publications. For further information, see LRP Publications' website: http://www.lrpfederalwebinars.com/register.html.
News from Passman & Kaplan: As a public service, Passman & Kaplan wished to generally warn federal employees about the often-short response deadlines that apply when federal employees are faced with a proposed adverse action, in light of recent changes in the law.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joe Kaplan was a guest on November 13, 2014 on Federal News Radio 1500 AM in Wash., DC, on "The Federal Drive" with Tom Temin. The topic was nepotism in the federal workplace.
News from Passman & Kaplan: On May 24, 2013, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) publicly announced that it would award Passman & Kaplan the 2013 Constance L. Belfoire Quality of Life Award. According to the BADC website, the award is meant to recognize "Employers who provide quality of life for their lawyers" on a wide variety of issues, such as work/life balance, availability of alternative work schedules, collegiality, diversity, professional development and mentorship, and support for pro bono and bar association participation. BADC will formally present the award to Passman & Kaplan at BADC's annual luncheon on June 19, 2013. Passman & Kaplan is the 16th recipient of this award, and was nominated by P&K's legal staff. BADC's press release announcing the award can be found here.