Developments

U.S. News & World Report once again honors Heller Huron as a top D.C. firm

November 1, 2018

The firm is proud to announce that U.S. News & World Report once again recognized Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman as a "Tier 1" law firm in the areas of civil rights and employment law for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman has been named to the U.S. News & World Report list each time it has been published, beginning in 2011, and the firm is proud to once again receive this honor. This is the ninth straight year that U.S. News & World Report has put out its rankings of the best U.S. law firms, which are gathered by a nomination and peer review process. You may find the firm's detailed rankings here: https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/profile/heller-huron-chertkof-salzman-pllc/overview/35800

The overall 2019 rankings are found here: http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/

Client reaches settlement with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

October 18, 2018

In October 2018, a firm client resolved her claims against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The client, a Seventh Day Adventist, applied to work at the VA, interviewed, and was offered the position.  During the hiring process, she disclosed her religious affiliation and requested a work schedule that would permit her to worship the Sabbath, which for Seventh Day Adventists runs from Friday evening to Saturday evening.  After initially agreeing to accommodate her, the VA ultimately offered the client a work schedule that required work on Saturday.  When the client pushed back, her job offer fell through.  Julia Quinn and Richard Salzman represented the client in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which lead to the resolution of her claims. 

EEOC finds client was victim of discrimination and retaliation when FDA denied her a promotion

September 13, 2018

On September 13, 2018, following a three-day hearing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a ruling finding that our client was the victim of race discrimination and retaliation when she was denied promotion to a GS-13 position because she is Chinese, and in reprisal for her previous complaints of discrimination.  The Commission also ruled that our client would have advanced to the GS-14 grade by the time of the hearing, and awarded her promotion to that level.  In addition to the two promotions, the Judge also ordered the agency to pay all back pay, with appropriate step increases, restore more than two hundred hours of sick leave that our client used, pay compensatory damages of $35,000, and reimburse our client for all of the attorneys’ fees and expenses she incurred while prosecuting her claims.  Richard Salzman represented our client over her now eight-year battle with the FDA.

Client prevails on retaliation claim in arbitration

July 26, 2018

A firm client prevailed on his claim of retaliation after a two-day arbitration hearing.  The client, whose work performance was outstanding, had raised an internal complaint of race discrimination and was terminated from his job mere weeks after.  The proceeding was undertaken against the client’s former employer, a large business; the arbitrator determined that its decision to fire the client was retaliatory, in violation of both state and federal law, and awarded the client back pay and his attorney fees.  Steve Chertkof was lead counsel.

Firm resolves religious discrimination and reprisal claims against Chipotle

May 14, 2018

In May 2018, our client resolved claims against Chipotle following a determination by the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights finding good cause to believe that he had been discriminated against based upon his religion, and fired in reprisal for raising concerns about this discrimination.  Chipotle had refused to provide our client, who is a practicing Muslim, with paid break time to pray during the work day.  When our client raised concerns about this decision, he was immediately fired.  Julia Quinn and Richard Salzman represented the client in proceedings before the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights which lead to the resolution of his claims. 

Firm named as one of U.S. News & World Report's top law firms in Washington, D.C. for 2018

November 1, 2017

The firm is proud to announce that U.S. News & World Report once again recognized Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman as a "Tier 1" law firm in the areas of civil rights and employment law for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman has been named to the U.S. News & World Report list each time it has been published, beginning in 2011, and the firm is proud to once again receive this honor. This is the eighth straight year that U.S. News & World Report has put out its rankings of the best U.S. law firms, which are gathered by a nomination and peer review process. You may find the firm's detailed rankings here: https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/profile/heller-huron-chertkof-salzman-pllc/overview/35800

The overall 2018 rankings are found here: http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/

Firm wins $750,000 verdict in federal jury trial

October 20, 2017

Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman attorney Rick Salzman won a complete victory for client Ron Coats, as he prevailed on his claims of both race discrimination and retaliation in a federal jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Mr. Coats—an African-American man—was fired after a productive, three-decade career at the Department of Education.  He was fired by his new supervisor—a white man—shortly after lodging complaints of race discrimination.  After hearing this story, the jury awarded Mr. Coats $750,000 in damages.