Q: How did you get started in civil rights law?
A: I started out at a class action firm, and I quickly learned that I wanted to work with individual clients. With a class action, you may represent 40,000 people, but you rarely speak to any of them.
In 2012, I started my firm and I’ve worked closely with hundreds of clients since then. I get to spend my time talking to people about their problems and trying to use the law to get them some justice—whether they’ve been fired unfairly, subject to police violence or otherwise hurt by individuals in power.
Q: What is keeping you busy right now?
A: Virginia has vastly expanded its employment protections in recent years. Virginians have recently been empowered to pursue claims for unpaid wages and our discrimination laws now cover sexual orientation and gender expression. We’ve outlawed non-competition agreements for low-wage workers. And we finally have a private sector whistleblower law so you can’t be fired for reporting illegal activity to your supervisor or to the government.
Our cases often involve workplace violence, sexual assaults and racial discrimination. We are always busy fighting for our clients who have been subject to abuse.
We just try to help where we can.
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