A primer on recent court rulings, minus the legalese
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
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C. Williams was elected the Chair/President of the Young
Lawyers Committee for the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association and
inducted onto the Executive Board of the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar
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Lisa Bertini and Courtney Williams received
a rare verdict in a retaliation lawsuit on behalf of a female
lifeguard against the VBLS tried in the USDC in Norfolk in May.
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died from undiagnosed brain infection – $1,700,000 Settlement:
Amberley Hammer successfully settled a wrongful death
case regarding 33-year-old decedent who was hospitalized with
a fever, headache, brain lesion and blurred vision. He was diagnosed
with a venous sinus thrombosis and remained febrile. An infection
was considered, but antibiotics were never administered. The patient
died five days later from an undiagnosed brain infection, which
plaintiff contended was treatable with antibiotics.
Jury finds retaliation in lifeguard bias case
A federal court jury this week awarded $17,500 in damages to a former employee of the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service after finding the woman was fired for filing a discrimination complaint, the woman's attorney said.
Former lifeguard Robin Lang was able to show that the lifesaving service retaliated against her by firing her after she filed a gender discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said attorney Lisa A. Bertini, who represented Lang.
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Contract dispute leaves patients in dark
Patients of several Virginia Beach psychiatrists showed up for
appointments Wednesday morning, only to discover their therapists
were no longer there. Those patients appear to be caught in the
middle of a contract dispute at Atlantic Psychiatric Services.
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workers filed claims for discrimination last year
Local complaints about workplace discrimination - particularly
claims of racism - dropped last year, according to statistics
compiled by the Norfolk office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission. The number of complaints totaled 951 last year, down
3 percent from 985 in 2011. Racism remained the most prevalent
accusation, but the number of racial complaints fell 12 percent,
to 394 from 447.
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to Stop Hospitals from Killing Us
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want your Facebook password
Is it legal?
“It is potentially a violation of a general privacy right. There
is nothing I can think of right now in Virginia that would protect
an applicant if they say no and then they don't get the job,"
said Attorney Lisa Bertini, of Bertini & Hammer, PC.
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lawyer discusses Facebook privacy
Some employers are
demanding applicants hand over their Facebook password as part
of a background check. But is this legal? WAVY.com spoke with
Norfolk Attorney Lisa Bertini who said it is "potentially a violation
of a general privacy right."
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Hammer successfully settled a wrongful death case for
$1.7 million for the lovely family of an eighteen month old little
boy who presented to the emergency room with respiratory distress.
The baby’s respiratory distress was untreated and mismanaged resulting
in his cardiac arrest and death.
suffers brain injury from placental abruption
Settlement: $2.3 million
At 35 weeks pregnant, plaintiff went to the labor and delivery
emergency room at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, complaining
of severe lower abdominal cramping that started earlier that morning
with a pain level of 8 on a scale of 10. She was not connected
to a fetal heart monitor for almost one hour after her presentation.
Once she was placed on a fetal heart monitor; the fetal heart
rate pattern had a minimal variability and was non-reactive, a
very alarming sign. A physician was not notified until approximately
one hour after that time. An emergency cesarean section was performed
over two-and-a-half hours after admission for severe fetal bradycardia
and possible placental abruption. The findings during the c-section
were a complete placental abruption. The baby suffered a severe
hypoxic brain injury that is permanent, and she will require lifelong
care. The case was filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act. [11-T-044]
to pay $2.3 million to settle malpractice case
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