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September 28, 2020

Woman experiencing a hostile work environment in Virginia BeachDifferent types of lawyers handle different aspects of the law. An employment lawyer is the most qualified choice to deal with legal matters related to a hostile work environment.

Good employment lawyers know hostile workplace laws like the back of their hands. In addition to assessing the merits of EEOC harassment claims and assisting with the filing...

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August 20, 2020

Contractor fraud government constructionContractor fraud is a serious problem that you may encounter working in the construction industry. It can result in consequences such as inflated costs or the completion of dangerous, sub-standard projects.

This type of fraud becomes even more serious when it occurs on a federal project or a project utilizing federal funds. That is because the False Claims Act imposes liability on persons and companies who defraud...

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July 30, 2020

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious problem capable of inflicting lasting harm. If you have experienced harassing conduct at work, it is important to understand your options and your rights.

This article provides an overview of sexual harassment in the workplace. Schedule a consultation with skilled employment attorney James H. Shoemaker, Jr. to discuss your specific circumstances. 

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June 26, 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...

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April 26, 2020

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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April 20, 2020

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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April 08, 2020

Business man hands packet containing contract and cash bribe to another man.Not unlike any other business, the government purchases or “procures” billions of dollars-worth of goods and services from private contractors to keep its operations running. These procurements can include everything from fighter jets and new bridges to printers and paper clips. Unfortunately, dishonest contractors find numerous ways to defraud the government during its process of procuring goods and services. This is called...

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March 24, 2020

Business man pocketing money and laughingDefense contractor fraud can cost United States taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Worse yet, this illegal and unethical behavior endangers the safety of our troops in the name of profit, something that is both egregious and unacceptable. If you are aware of defense contractor fraud, you have an obligation and a duty to blow the whistle.

What Does Defense Contractor Fraud Look Like?

Examples of...

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March 05, 2020

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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