Notable Results

Results image

TELG client David Jones earned more than $1.6 million for blowing the whistle on Victory Automotive Group – and in the process, helping the U.S. government recover a record amount in Paycheck Protection Plan fraud cases.

Read More
Results image

After falling victim to fraud, an anonymous TELG client reported the scheme to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and earned a 7-figure whistleblower award

Read More
Results image

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

Read More
Results image

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

Read More
Results image

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

Read More
Results image

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

Read More

In the News

Don't Make a Secret Workplace Recording — Here's Why

Article · Apr. 30, 2024

It's tempting to secretly record your boss saying something awful, or even illegal. But a hidden recording could hurt your case. TELG's Scott Oswald and Austin Szabo explain why, and offer some alternatives.

» See details

Supreme Court Makes Job Discrimination Much Easier to Prove

Article · Apr. 25, 2024

Before the recent Muldrow decision, a lot of workplace discrimination was tough to prove in court if it didn't involve a demotion or pay cut. Muldrow changed that completely, write TELG's Kellee Boulais Kruse and Briana Scholar, and "lesser" actions such as a PIP or a punitive schedule now may be enough to prevail.

» See details

Politically-Connected Healthcare IT Company Will Pay $1.7 Million in Fraud Case

Press Release · Oct. 10, 2023

The amount will settle claims that Capital Technology Information Services misused taxpayer funds from a $15 million federal grant. Whistleblowers Sherette Rhodes and Alisa Mosley will receive a portion of CTIS' payment to the government.

» See details

U.S. Government Adds Legal Heft to Whistleblower's Claims of Fraud at Defense Contractor

Press Release · Oct. 2, 2023

The government has decided to intervene in a case against Innovative Technologies, Inc. ITI, a Northern Virginia government contractor, and its founders may owe more than $37 million for defrauding the U.S. Department of Defense. Former employee and whistleblower Humberto Irizarry is represented by TELG.

» See details

California nursing facility agrees to pay $3.8 million for alleged kickbacks to doctors

Media Coverage · Jun. 21, 2023

Whistleblower Neyirys Orozco will receive a portion of the settlement for her role in the case against her former employer, Alta Vista Healthcare & Wellness Centre. The facility and its management company agreed to pay $3.8 million to settle allegations of paying kickbacks to physicians and committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

» See details

A Guide to Requesting Disability Accommodations at Work

Media Coverage · Apr. 20, 2023

TELG's Anita Chambers spoke with BioSpace about the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), explaining the scope of what's considered a disability and giving tips for employees who want to request reasonable accommodations.

» See details

To Avoid Overtime, Employers Must Pay You on a Salary Basis

Article · Feb. 24, 2023

The Supreme Court has spoken: An hourly or daily wage, no matter how high, isn't the same as a salary — and a salary (or something very like it) is what employers must pay in order to trigger the most common overtime exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. TELG's Nick Woodfield unpacks the employee-friendly decision.

» See details

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 provides some guidance.

» See details

See more

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 — eight of our attorneys are recognized by Super Lawyers, a part of Thomson Reuters. Our managing principal, Scott Oswald, has been named one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers of any type in Washington, D.C., for nine years straight, including in 2023.

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. A few of our attorneys have even been named fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a prestigious association only open to those who have practiced in the field for at least 20 years and have been nominated by their peers.

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 fraud, 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 over 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.