Pitre & Associates Wins Historic EEOC Victory Against the Department of Veterans Affairs Resulting in Close to a Half a Million-Dollar Monetary Award

In 2016, the client[1] retained Pitre & Associates to assist her with a discrimination complaint against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. After five hard fought years of zealously representing the client during the complaint process, and ultimately at an EEOC hearing against the Agency, the firm’s Managing Partner, A. Marques Pitre, successfully argued the merits of the case during a 5-day hearing before an Administrative Judge and obtained a decisive victory on behalf of the client. The Judge found the Department of Veterans affairs discriminated against our client on the basis of her Race, Sex, and Retaliated against her based on her prior EEO Activity. In addition, the Judge found that the DVA subjected her to harassment resulting in a hostile work environment based on her Race, Sex, and in Retaliation. The Judge awarded $236,171.51 in attorneys’ fees and costs at current Laffey rates, $137,000[2] in compensatory damages, and $50,385.26 in back-pay, resulting in a $423,556.77 total award.

1 The Client wishes to remain anonymous

2 Subject to Appeal

Please see the Agency’s Final Order

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