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A jury awarded $2.4 million to TELG client Suzanne Ivie, who was fired by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals after she raised concerns about questionable drug-marketing tactics

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TELG client Kevin Manieri earned a multi-million-dollar award for blowing the whistle on Avanir Pharmaceuticals, leading to a $103 million settlement of fraud allegations

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Our firm welcomed the support of the U.S. Department of Justice for a whistleblower lawsuit we filed against the marketer of an opioid spray implicated in 900+ deaths

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TELG client Sandra Jolley earned $1.6 million for blowing the whistle on Financial Freedom, a company formerly run by Steven Mnuchin — who later became U.S. Treasury Secretary

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Two of our whistleblower clients — a married couple — won a verdict worth at least $2.1 million after a jury concluded that their employer had fired them illegally

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We helped Joseph Ting, a Medicare whistleblower, earn more than $7 million from the settlement of his fraud allegations against 21st Century Oncology

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In the News

Who Do You Sue If You Have Joint Employers?

Article · Nov. 9, 2022

In today's economy, many employees can have more than one "employer" for a single job. When something goes wrong, like discrimination or harassment, who is legally responsible? TELG's Scott Oswald and Tejal Garg provide some guidance.

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Whistleblowers Share
$1.3 Million Award in Home-Health Fraud Case

Press Release · Oct. 18, 2022

Florida home-health therapists Sharon Mahaffey and Mark Brimer will share almost $1.3 million as an award for their whistleblowing in the case of Carter Healthcare, an Oklahoma-based provider that settled allegations of overbilling and pushing treatment without regard to medical need.

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L.A. Doctor Settles Fraud Case; TELG Clients Get $1.75 Million

Media Coverage · Jun. 10, 2022

Whistleblowers Elize Oganesyan and Damon Davies will share an award of more than $1.75 million for revealing Medicare fraud by their former employer, a doctor who admitted that he submitted payment claims for procedures and tests that never happened.

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Former Library Official Wins $312,000 Verdict in Prince George's Discrimination Case

Press Release · May 16, 2022

TELG client Jeff Naftal won more than $300,000 in damages after a Maryland jury found that he was illegally fired by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. Mr. Naftal was represented by TELG's Scott Oswald and Austin Szabo.

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How to Avoid Getting Reported to the NPDB During an Employment Dispute

Article · May 10, 2022

A report to the National Practitioner Data Bank can be career-ending, but what can licensed healthcare professionals do when facing unfair reports? TELG's Tom Harrington goes over possible options during three stages: before discipline, before the report to NPDB, and after the report.

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What If You Don’t Want to Return to In-Person Work?

Article · Aug. 30, 2021

Many workplaces are reopening, often with a vaccination mandate for employees. What's a legally viable reason for continuing to work at home? TELG's Kellee Kruse examines 11 common stay-at-home arguments to gauge their likely traction with employers.

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Need an Employment Lawyer?

You came to this site because you face discrimination at work — or maybe it's harassment, or retaliation.

Or maybe you've uncovered some fraud by your employer, and you're ready to be a whistleblower.

Or you're negotiating an important employment contract. Or a severance deal.

Or maybe, God forbid, you've been fired wrongfully.

Do you need an employment lawyer? And if so, should you hire The Employment Law Group® law firm?

The answer depends on your individual details, of course. But it could be a smart move.

As an individual employee, you probably face an opponent with far more resources than you. Federal and state laws may offer strong protection for victims of bias, whistleblowers, and employees in many other situations — but can you outsmart (and outlast) a company-paid lawyer who knows every finicky rule and delaying tactic?

You can try it alone, for sure. But to level the playing field, you may need a high-quality advocate at your side.

A Top-Rated Employment Law Firm

We're biased, of course, but we believe we're among the best employment law firms in the country. Our top attorneys have decades of courtroom experience and have won favorable outcomes for employees and whistleblowers at dozens of trials — the ultimate test of a lawyer's skills.

And while every case is different, we can point at many examples of multi-million verdicts and settlements.

One way to judge us: Praise from our peers and from independent organizations.

Although we're a small law firm — a boutique, really — six of our attorneys appeared in Lawdragon's 2022 nationwide list of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers, for instance. Our managing principal, Scott Oswald, is routinely named as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers of any type in Washington, D.C., most recently in 2022.

Our lawyers are honored individually in surveys ranging from Best Lawyers to Washingtonian magazine, while our entire law firm is recognized as a leader by U.S. News & World Report, Chambers and Partners, and others.

Whistleblower Attorneys and Discrimination Lawyers

It's likely we have the exact legal experience you need for your employment issue.

If you're looking for a whistleblower lawyer, for example, we have won relevant victories for our clients under the False Claims Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Dodd-Frank Act, among others.

For whistleblowers who expose fraud against the U.S. government, including Medicare, we have helped to win multimillion-dollar awards via "qui tam" lawsuits.

Our deep knowledge of whistleblower laws can help you.

If you need a discrimination lawyer, or a harassment lawyer, we've won favorable outcomes under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and many other statutes, including a wide range of state and local laws. We can put this experience to work for you.

Experience in Wrongful Termination Cases

We also have strong results in cases of wrongful termination, which may occur under many statutes — but which often must be pursued under the so-called common law, which varies by jurisdiction and requires deep knowledge of legal precedents.

Was your firing "wrongful"? In many cases, it's a question best argued by a skillful employment attorney.

We represent employees across a huge range of forums: Federal and state courts, of course, but also in private negotiations, arbitration, and mediation, as well as before bodies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Special Counsel, and more.

Each of these venues is its own puzzle, for which our law firm can offer guidance.

An experienced OSHA whistleblower lawyer, for instance, can walk you through the process of filing a retaliation complaint — while a savvy MSPB attorney can help a federal employee to succeed when appealing a disciplinary action.

We also offer all our clients behind-the-scenes advice as they communicate or bargain one-on-one with their employers.

Even if nothing bad has happened yet — but you have a feeling that it will — our attorneys can design a plan to protect your career.

TELG Law Firm's Focus on Employees

Importantly, our law firm represents only employees and whistleblowers.

Of course, we respect lawyers who represent big companies — and some of our own attorneys have done it, in the past — but we believe in the value of a firm that's laser-focused on justice for individuals.

In our view, many corporations take advantage of their employees exactly because they know it's hard for individuals to fight back.

Companies have lawyers on the payroll. Individual employees don't.

Companies have deep pockets. Individual employees don't.

Companies can wait years for an outcome. Individual employees can't.

To even the odds, we think it's smart to hire an employment law firm with a strong reputation. We're not the only such law firm. But we offer a unique combination:

  • We're widely respected by employer-side lawyers, who view us as straight shooters and reliable negotiators
  • We're known for taking cases all the way to trial — so your employer will know you're not bluffing
  • We have a special affinity for whistleblowers, victims of discrimination, and federal employees
  • Our top priority is restoring your dignity and your career

We've been doing this for 20 years now. Let us be your champion.

First Up: An Employment Law Consultation

After you contact our law firm, we'll gather some details and, if your issue falls within our scope, we'll offer to schedule a consultation with an attorney.

What's within our scope? In general, we help employees to fight back against wrongdoing in the workplace, which includes discrimination, harassment, and retaliation — but also might include fraud by an employer, especially if it's against investors or the federal government.

We also help to negotiate contracts and exits, and we help employees to defend themselves in disputes and disciplinary actions.

During your consultation we'll do a few things:

  • Listen to you;
  • Ask you questions;
  • Give you a preliminary legal analysis; and
  • Offer deeper involvement, if it makes sense.

Even if you don't end up hiring our law firm, you'll hear how an attorney could help you. If you're a whistleblower, for example, we'll tell you about all the legal protections you have — and depending on the details, the monetary rewards to which you may be entitled.

For many employees, our consultations are valuable learning opportunities. It's good to know what laws are on your side, and what options you have.

We're ready to fight for you. Call us.