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My name is David Shaffer. I specialize in civil rights cases for women, minorities and individuals with disabilities, and have represented hundreds of women and minorities in nation-wide class actions against federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, ATF and Secret Service. I also represent individuals with disabilities in seeking accommodations in the workplace and represent them in employment litigation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Disability Rights
  • ADA Accessability and Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • Section 508 Compliance
  • Affirmative Action

I have worked extensively in class action litigation, including representing minority law and female enforcement agents in class action discrimination cases against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Secret Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. I was also the lead attorney in the defense of several major class actions involving public accommodations and employment, the most notable of which have been the Adams Mark Hotel class actions and the Holiday Spas class actions.

In my work with insurance companies, I review and monitor the defense of employment class actions under employment practices liability insurance (EPLI). This helps the insurer determine their liability should a class action develop and the prospects for settlement. This also helps the insurer determine the level of underwriting risk in issuing a policy of EPLI insurance in line with the company's personnel practices.

I've done extensive underwriting (over 300 accounts) to determine the likelihood of exposure and to assist the insurer in determining proper reserves; I've also written a book for AEGIS Loss Control entitled Employment Practice Self-Assessment Guide. This book is used by major insurance companies to determine their internal potential liabilities, and to correct practices that may have a disparate impact upon females or minorities.

I was lead counsel in defending the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in a class action under the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, and continue to represent the Authority in the monitoring phase of that case. I have also represented the Authority in a pattern and practice suit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging religious accommodation.

Corporate clients frequently hire me to develop affirmative action plans and to defend on-site compliance reviews by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Additionally, I also litigate extensively in the labor and employment law area; on the plaintiff side largely against the federal government, and on the defense side on behalf of corporate interests. I have litigated dozens of employment lawsuits, and have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Court TV, and CBS, ABC and NBC Evening News. I'm also active in teaching CLE courses on affirmative action, and civil rights law. I advise clients in virtually every area of employment and labor law.

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