Whistleblower & Discrimination Lawsuit Moves Forward Against DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Director Fred Moosally and Former Director Maria Delaney Among Others

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Whistleblower & discrimination lawsuit moves forward against DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation’s former Director Maria Delaney, Director Fred Moosally, former Board Chair Charles Brodsky, Chief of Enforcement Johnnie E. Jackson, Jr., and Supervisory Investigator Craig Selby Stewart. Press release by: The Rose Law Firm, LLC, counsel to plaintiff Felicia Martin.

Felicia Martin, an Investigator with the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) through her attorneys George Rose, Esq, and The Rose Law Firm, LLC filed a discrimination and whistleblower lawsuit against former director Maria Delaney, Director Fred Moosally, Former Board Chair Charles Brodsky, ABRA Chief of Enforcement Johnnie E. Jackson, Jr., and Supervisory Investigator Craig Selby Stewart.

Defendant ABRA's website states that "The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) issues and renews licenses that enable qualified businesses to sell and serve alcoholic beverages. ABRA monitors compliance with ABC laws and takes appropriate enforcement action when licensees violate these laws".

The Complaint was filed on June 13, 2011, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Court assigned Civil Case Number 1:11-cv-01069-ABJ.

Mrs. Martin—alleges in her Complaint that employees fostered, approved, encouraged and participated in a workplace culture and practice of cronyism, inside influence, alcohol consumption, fraud waste and abuse and other indiscretions. The Complaint also alleges that Mrs. Martin was discriminated against and retaliated against by Defendant’s for participating in protected activity.

A hearing was held on February 15, 2012, before U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who denied in part the Defendant’s Motion for Partial Dismissal. As a result of the Court's Order, the lawsuit is moving forward against ABRA Director Fred Moosally, who is presently being considered by the DC Council for another term, in his individual capacity. The lawsuit will also move forward against the District of Columbia, Stewart, Jackson, Brodsky and Delaney in their individual capacities.

Commenting about these allegations, Felicia Martin’s attorney, George Rose said, “Federal and state law prohibits employers and their agents from creating and fostering a discriminatory work environments or turning a blind eye to corruption, fraud, waste and abuse. The law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who complain about unlawful conduct in the workplace.

Rose Law Firm, LLC is a small Ras Tafari owned law firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. Since January 2000, Rose Law Firm has been providing professional Legal Services to undeserved individuals in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Immigration, Civil Litigation, and Small Business & Entertainment Law. Over the years, The Firm has served nearly 300 clients (individuals and corporations) with a satisfactory rating of over 90%. Approximately 20% of the Rose Law Firm's work is on behalf of indigent individuals or non-profit organizations on a pro bono (free), or substantially discounted basis.

The Firm has carved out a niche in the local employment discrimination legal services market. The firm has made its mark and established its reputation by providing competent and cost effective professional legal services to government and private sector employees to defend their rights as employees and challenge illegal employment action by employers.

In order to fight against employment discrimination and other illegal employment practices and hold management to account, we are asking that anyone with knowledge of discriminatory or illegal employment practices at DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation (ABRA) to call our office.


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