Natalie Koss Represents Disabled Veteran & Sues NetCentrics & Haystax Technology for Unlawful Termination

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January 31, 2017
Contact: Natalie Koss – (202) 643-9840

Disabled Veteran Sues NetCentrics & Haystax Technology for Unlawful Termination

Government Contractor Used Disabled Veteran’s Status to Secure Military Contracts Before Terminating Her

WASHINGTON, DC – Disabled veteran Ramona Rae Gomez has filed a lawsuit against her former employer NetCentrics Corporation, as well as its parent company Haystax Technology, after her employer terminated Ms. Gomez for taking medically-necessary leave. NetCentrics fired Ms. Gomez after relying on her disabled veteran status to win Federal government contracts and military contracts.

Ms. Gomez, represented by Potomac Legal Group PLLC & Posey Lebowitz PLLC, retired from the Marine Corps as a Chief Warrant Officer 2 after twenty years of service. As a result of her military service, Ms. Gomez suffers from chronic hip pain that restricts her movement and walking ability, as well as her ability to drive. She has endured multiple painful surgeries to alleviate her pain and improve movement.

According to the complaint filed in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, NetCentrics hired Ms. Gomez in May 2013 as a Program Manager to procure Federal contracts, and the company relied on her disabled veteran status when making bids. Ms Gomez was successful in her position and received numerous accolades for her work. In her complaint, Ms. Gomez alleges that she notified NetCentrics that she would need important, medically-necessary hip surgery that would require her to be on leave for six weeks in December of 2015.

According to Plaintiff Ramona Gomez, after she returned from leave, NetCentrics responded by removing her from her contract assignments and, ultimately, terminating her. The complaint also alleges that NetCentrics replaced Ms. Gomez’s position with two male employees.

Ms. Gomez brings claims against NetCentrics and Haystax Technology for intentional discrimination based on her sex, age, disability and retaliation, all in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Attorneys Natalie M. Koss & Kassandra Haynes of Potomac Legal Group PLLC and Ryan Posey of Posey Lebowitz Represent Ramona Rae Gomez.

“No disabled veteran should experience employment discrimination” said Ms. Koss. “NetCentrics and Haystax Technology took advantage of Ms. Gomez’s disabled veteran status and then terminated her. We are fully committed in our fight for Ms. Gomez in her claims.”

“Discrimination is vile in itself, but it is particularly troubling to me when a government contractor entrusted with public funds engages in illegal discrimination in hiring and firing,” said Mr. Posey.

The Employment Practice at Potomac Legal Group PLLC provides legal representation to executives, military veterans, skilled professionals, health care providers and sales people. We aggressively represent clients who have faced discrimination, wrongful termination and unpaid wages or sales commissions. We pursue whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act, and we negotiate severance agreements, non-competes and non-disclosure agreements. Potomac Legal Group PLLC (www.PotomacLegalGroup.com) is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Posey Lebowitz PLLC is a boutique litigation firm, representing individuals in complex disputes in the courts of Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Ohio. The firm represents plaintiffs in personal injury, employment, and business matters. The offices of Posey Lebowitz are in the heart of Georgetown. Visit www.poseylebowitz.com online.

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