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Protecting Your Rights As An Employee

Attorney Cindra Dowd has successfully settled claims on behalf of employees. Having a dedicated and experienced litigator on your side can help you gain back what you have lost.

“Many people feel confused and helpless.  They don’t know what to do and feel that they have no choice but to endure the situation. I have been working with victims for years to protect their rights and obtain compensation for the wrong they have suffered.”

Call today to set up a confidential consultation and begin exploring your options. These consultations are free and no-risk, giving victims the power to pursue justice if they desire.


Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is illegal and should not be allowed to persist in any workplace or school.  If you have told the offender to stop and/or you have reported the behavior using the appropriate complaint procedure, and the sexual harassment continues, you should consider contacting an attorney to help you with your problem.  Too often, employers and schools do not appropriately investigate and remedy the situation.


Family and Medical Leave Act Violations

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees eligible employees protections under the law to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. Employees should be able to return to their jobs with no repercussions. It is important to know your rights to protect yourself from an employer who may try to take advantage of your time away from work.


Whistleblower Protections

Retaliation against whistleblowers is illegal. While laws are in place to protect workers, some employers may choose to fire those who blow the whistle. If this happens, you may be entitled to additional compensation. Courts have recently stepped up the way they enforce anti-retaliation laws. Still, anyone considering reporting fraud should speak to an attorney first. We can help protect your job and ensure you’re prepared for any possible retaliation.


Healthcare Fraud

Medicare, Medicaid, & TRICARE fraud refers to the illegal practices used to seek unfairly large payouts from the two government-funded health programs. It can be committed by healthcare workers, hospital facilities, patients, program participants, and others pretending to be participants.


Racial Discrimination

Race discrimination in the workplace involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably due to the their race or the color of their skin. The law strictly forbids race/color discrimination in any aspect of employment, including: hiring, firing, job responsibilities, pay, layoff, promotions, benefits, and training.


Illegal Unpaid Overtime Practices

Are you a minimum wage employee, but your employer is paying you less than the minimum wage? Are you entitled to overtime pay, but your employer is not paying you for the overtime hours you work? In Virginia, there are laws set up to help protect employees against the wrongful actions of their employers.

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Best Lawyers Recognizes Richard Serpe & Cindra Dowd
Best Lawyers Recognizes Richard Serpe & Cindra Dowd
Best Lawyers in America© has recognized both Richard Serpe and Cindra Dowd  in their 2021 edition. The prestigious honor recognizes the nation's very best legal professionals. Founded in 1981, Best
Former McDonald's CEO Sued for Sexual Harassment
Former McDonald's CEO Sued for Sexual Harassment
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Know the Signs of Child Sexual Abuse
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Jeffrey Epstein Associate Arrested for Child Sex Abuse