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February 14, 2020

Virginia Beach employment law attorney

Employment law covers a range of issues relating to the employer-employee relationship. State and federal employment laws provide protections for employees, which means that you have recourse if your rights are violated.

It can be intimidating to stand up to your employer; you may fear retaliation or termination and may be hesitant to take action. However, when you hold a company accountable for unfair employment...

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January 22, 2020

Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal at the state and federal levels, as is retaliation against an employee who reports such misconduct. Unfortunately, the law does not stop offenders from persisting with inappropriate behaviors, and termination and discrimination are common tactics of employers facing allegations of workplace sexual harassment.

While it can be uncomfortable to speak out about being sexually harassed at work, it is important to do so. Sexual harassers need to be held accountable, as do employers who allow a culture of sexual harassment. Experienced employment...

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November 07, 2019

Pharmaceutical fraud can have devastating effects on patients and their loved ones. From off-label marketing to falsifying study outcomes, pharmaceutical fraud causes vulnerable people to suffer while corrupt companies see their profits soar. Choosing to stand up against these powerful companies is a noble endeavor but not one you want to face alone.

Pharmaceutical fraud lawyer, James H. Shoemaker, is well-versed in whistleblower protections and processes related to exposing corruption in the pharmaceutical industry. He will work diligently to fight retaliation against you and pursue...

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October 24, 2019

whistleblower textWhistleblowers discover corporate corruption and take action to hold the company accountable. This is a brave and commendable decision, as it comes with the risk of the corporation retaliating against you.

When you decide to take the risk of retaliatory actions because you know that reporting the fraud is the right thing to do, you need whistleblower attorney James H. Shoemaker on your side. Mr. Shoemaker...

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September 20, 2019

non compete agreement formNon-compete agreements may be enforceable in Virginia if the terms detailed in the contract are considered reasonable. In cases of unreasonable terms or illegal business acts, a judge or jury may release you from the agreement.

If you have signed or plan to sign a non-compete agreement, it is in your best interest to consult attorney James H. Shoemaker. Mr. Shoemaker has decades of experience as an employment lawyer and can...

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August 26, 2019

man with whistleblower signWhistleblowers take a big risk when exposing fraudulent activities of companies. Retaliation against whistleblowers is prohibited, but this doesn’t prevent companies from taking improper actions. To protect yourself as a whistleblower, you need an experienced lawyer who understands your rights and how to protect you from illegal retaliation.

Attorney James H. Shoemaker, Jr. has been protecting whistleblowers and...

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August 05, 2019

Man accepting job after security clearanceFor many federal employees, military personnel, and government contractors, a security clearance is a vital part of their lives. Security clearances allow people to perform the essential functions of their jobs and advance in their careers. Obtaining them is an exhaustive process that requires paperwork, background checks, and more.

Acquiring more advanced security clearances necessitates even more detailed investigations. Being...

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June 20, 2019

Employer and employerNon-compete agreements are becoming increasingly common between employers and employees, especially among the federal contractors of northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. These contracts govern the terms of your work with your employer. They also affect your future job prospects.

While companies naturally want to protect their trade secrets and ideas, many non-compete agreements can be overly restrictive, meaning they limit the employee’...

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May 31, 2019

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unfortunately common in American workplaces. Since the #MeToo movement began in the fall of 2017 with harassment allegations against influential people such as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer, the country has made tremendous progress in confronting this problem.

However, numerous barriers remain, both in preventing harassment and punishing it through the judicial system....

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April 15, 2019

Employment contractNon-compete agreements are often part of employment contracts, and they are highly common among the federal contractors of northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. As with any contract, you should review its meaning and potential impact on your future career with an attorney before signing anything.

Companies generally use non-compete agreements to prevent employees from leaving the company and immediately taking their experience and knowledge to a...

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