Employment Law

We represent executives and other high-level employees in wage payment litigation to recover unlawfully withheld severance pay, bonuses and commissions.

We explain employee rights in the workplace, review proposed contracts that employees have been asked to sign, including non-competes, and help evaluate whether employers have violated the law.

Our clients also include companies and medical and legal practices, big and small, which need guidance in human relations and navigating the ever changing landscape of this law in Virginia. Our strength is that in representing clients both sides of the law, we know how to be proactive and reactive appropriately. Nothing surprises us.

Discrimination in the Workplace and Workplace Harassment

We litigate cases on behalf of employees who have experienced discrimination including cases on behalf of female executives in Equal Pay Act and failure to promote cases, sexual harassment and discrimination and pregnancy cases. We have tried religious discrimination, and sex discrimination, and retaliation cases. We represent employees at the EEOC with claims including age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, race and religion. We have tried FMLA, EPA and whistleblower cases up to the point of trial and settled each successfully. We have aided employees in grievances and panel hearings before most cities in the Tidewater area and against the Commonwealth.

Virginia Employment Commission Appeals

We prepare and represent clients for their initial fact-finding interview with VEC Deputies. If there is an error in the deputies’ determination, or if the employer has appealed, we continue to prepare and represent clients in the administrative appeal process before local Appeals Examiners.

Virgina Retirement Disability Appeals

We will work with you to present your best case to get your Disability retirement approved before the factfinder. We have an impressive success rate and will work tirelessly to keep it that way.

Board of Medicine Appeals

We will represent you from the original interview to the informal or formal hearing and help you through this most stressful professional labyrinth.

Premises Liability

Lisa began her practice representing one of the largest food stores in the country by handling the premise liability work for that company. As such, she is trained to properly prepare a case for victory in this challenging area of the law.

Amusement Park Liability

After a decade representing Busch Entertainment Corporation and Water Country, USA Lisa is very informed as to the nuances of this practice and has the ability to prepare the case for an injured guest of an amusement or water park to successfully overcome the high obstacles in this area of law.

Title IX

Bertini Law has investigated and litigated various Title IX matters against various Virginia universities.

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices. Title IX applies, with a few specific exceptions, to all aspects of federally funded education programs or activities. In addition to traditional educational institutions such as colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary schools, Title IX also applies to any education or training program operated by a recipient of federal financial assistance. The Department of Education has issued regulations on the requirements of Title IX, 34 C.F.R. § 106.1et seq. The Title IX common rule published on August 30, 2000 covers education program providers/recipients that are funded by other federal agencies.

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