March 19

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. Hear from Robin herself…click here
March 14

Local lawyer discusses Facebook privacy

Some employers are demanding applicants hand over their Facebook password as part of a background check. But is this legal? spoke with Norfolk Attorney Lisa Bertini who said it is “potentially a violation of a general privacy right.”
February 1

Virginia Fellow Lisa A. Bertini Elected to the Fourth Judicial Circuit on the Virginia State Bar Council

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.

January 29

Discrimination Complaints Rise In Hampton Roads

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.