Recently Lisa A. Bertini, was elected by her colleagues to represent the Fourth Judicial Circuit on the Virginia State Bar Council. As a shareholder and President of Bertini & Hammer, PC in Norfolk Ms. Bertini practices employment law, contract litigation and personal injury. While she represents both plaintiffs and defendants, she primarily has a very small but very busy plaintiffs’ practice.
More people are claiming they lost their jobs because of discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received nearly 100,00 discrimination complaints – a record high – last year. The agency’s Norfolk office reported 1,041 complaints, a 10.7 percent increase from 2009. The EEOC recently reported the data, which cover the federal fiscal year from Oct. 1, 2009, to Sept. 30. Lawyers for both employers and workers say the primary impetus is the gimpy economy.
Let’s talk about those big Supreme Court rulings that came out a few weeks ago. No, not those rulings. Our subject today isn’t gay marriage or voting rights. It’s workplace discrimination and retaliation.