Public Sector Employment Law
The law governing the relationship between government at all levels and its employees is very complex. In addition to experiencing all the problems present in private sector employment, public sector employment presents its own unique legal challenges. These arise from many sources: due process and constitutional; federal civil rights laws; overlapping layers of governing law, regulation and policy; the presence of political consideration and the absence of a profit motive; the sheer size and complexity of the government bureaucracies; complex immunity issues, and the sundry court and administrative avenues available for challenging government employment actions. A unique blend of experience, knowledge and expertise is needed to successfully navigate this sea of complexities. Adam J. Conti, LLC, is uniquely qualified to conquer this complex field.
Today, Adam J Conti, LLC represents both public sector employees and employers in a wide variety of employment law matter. Approximately 80% of the firm’s practice consists of public sector employment law, including:
- Equal employment opportunity complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and exercise of protected rights under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act;
- Age discrimination complaints under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act;
- Disability discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act;
- Civil Rights claims under 42 U.S.C. 1983 (deprivation of federally protected civil rights under color of state law);
- Constitutional claims, including First Amendment and Due Process claims;
- Adverse actions based on misconduct and unsatisfactory job performance;
- Reductions in force, reorganizations and reassignments;
- Wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act;
- Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act claims;
- Whistle-Blower claims, and prohibited personnel practices;
- Counseling government employees and employers on all varieties of employment related problems and issues.
The firm’s attorneys practice in federal and state courts throughout the United States, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and various state and local administrative agencies and governmental bodies. Adam has taught Public Sector Labor Law at Georgia State University, published numerous articles on employment law and presented seminars fro both attorneys and public sector managers.
Quality legal services from experienced attorneys are not inexpensive, especially when litigation becomes necessary. Adam’s current standard hourly rate is $285 per hour, with lower rates for other attorneys and paralegal in his firm. Although attorneys’ fees can be frequently recovered from public sector agencies in employment litigation, this is not always the case. Even where recovery is legally possible, the employee must still prevail and there are often additional hurdles to overcome. Although the firm does not accept cases on a contingency basis, it does strive to evaluate each case individually and to structure a fee arrangement tailored to the client’s individual circumstances. The firm welcomes inquiries regarding representation from both public employers and public employees.
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