Employment Legal Team to Defend Federal Employees Nationwide in 2011

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The lawyers of Employment Legal Team are thankful for the opportunity its clients provided in 2011 to satisfy national demand for exceptional, yet affordable, representation in whistleblower actions, security clearance revocations, adverse actions, employment discrimination, non-competitive promotions, disability retirement, and the Family Medical Leave Act. The firm’s New Year’s resolution is to now provide the same high-quality service to Federal employee clients across the United States and abroad.

According to attorney Gerald Gilliard (ggilliard(at)employmentlegalteam(dot)com), “Federal employees are, in the main, sophisticated, hard working individuals who earned their compensation and benefits through education, hard work, and service. However, in 2011, Members of Congress nonetheless politicized that compensation and those benefits in discussions to block early retirement for Federal employees and reduce benefits promised and provided under the Thrift Savings Plan. While some agency managers who have responded to rumors of hiring freezes with a flurry of hiring, may invariably seek to make way for new hires by removing experienced employees where possible. In trying times like these, our law firm will continue to advocate relentlessly for dedicated public servants. As always, we stand ready and equipped to defend government employees and government contractor employees who are unfairly let go, older employees who have asked to retire really because they might be thought to make “too much,” and employees left with no choice but to blow the whistle on management or otherwise take the blame for management fraud, waste and abuse of authority."

Gerald Gilliard’s representation of clients in a broad range of labor and employment matters includes his former association with the only law firm to successfully represent a corporate whistleblower under the False Claims Act for committing contract fraud in the reconstruction of Iraq. He went on to serve as staff counsel for a federal-sector labor union with more than 600,000 members. His dedicated, unyielding legal representation and nationwide outreach efforts to thousands of Transportation Security Administration airport screeners (Transportation Security Officers, or TSOs) swayed many undecided TSOs in 2010 to elect Mr. Gilliard’s union as their collective bargaining representative. Since then Mr. Gilliard has represented Federal and private sector employees before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Mr. Gilliard is a former board member of the D.C. Bar Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee and a current member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, an affiliate of the National Employment Law Association. Mr. Gilliard, the son of an Army Reserve sergeant, attended the University of Pennsylvania on an AFSCME scholarship and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

Amber Smith, an associate with Employment Legal Team, is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the George Washington University Law School and a member of the New York State Bar Association. She has specific experience in the areas of federal sector employment law, wrongful termination suits, unfair bargaining issues, and unfair labor practices.

About Employment Legal Team
Employment Legal Team is a full-service employment law firm based in Washington, D.C. Our attorneys have extensive experience in a broad range of employment law practice areas. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients before numerous state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as various municipal, state and federal agencies and authorities. A philosophy of concerted, collaborative problem solving, coupled with a client-centered focus, allows Employment Legal Team to deliver exceptional legal services at competitive rates.

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