The Philadelphia Regional Solicitor's Office is responsible for most civil trial litigation and legal support for the U.S. Department of Labor in the following states:
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
We employ 30 attorneys and 10 support staff, including those working at our Associate Regional Solicitor's Office in Arlington, Virginia.
- Arlington, Virginia
WHAT WE DO:
The Philadelphia Regional Solicitor's Office is primarily involved in the enforcement of a number of federal laws that ensure that our region's workers:
- are employed in safe and healthy workplaces, including in underground and surface coal mines and in metal/nonmetal mines;
- are paid at least the federal minimum and overtime wage rates;
- are treated without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, or status as a whistleblower, a person with disability or a veteran; and
- have pension and health and welfare plans that are operated in their best interests
To carry out our mission to protect our region's workers, we recommend and prosecute civil litigation in front of administrative agencies and the U.S. District Courts, provide legal advice to DOL client agencies, and assist U.S. Attorneys in the prosecution of criminal cases.
Philadelphia and Arlington trial attorneys travel to courthouses, coal mines, farms, and factories. We support every enforcement program in the Department of Labor, along with representing the Department in Black Lung and Longshore workers' compensation cases and internal labor relations matters. Cases originate in both offices, depending on the location of the client involved. Arlington attorneys handle mostly Virginia, District of Columbia, and southern West Virginia matters with a particular focus on mine safety cases, minimum wage and overtime cases, and black lung matters.
- In fiscal years 2018 and 2019, our region's attorneys tried a total of 38 cases, including three federal court jury trials, nine federal court bench trials, and 26 administrative hearings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, and the Department's Office of Administrative Law Judges.
- OFCCP v. Enterprise RAC Company of Baltimore, LLC: After an eight-day trial, two Philadelphia attorneys obtained a ruling from a Department Administrative Law Judge that a large federal contractor had discriminated against African American applicants for manager trainee positions, awarding $6,645,444 to the rejected applicants, and ordering the contractor to extend job offers to 182 rejected African American applicants, which potentially represents nearly $30 million in additional compensation.
- In re: Blackjewel, LLC; Pizzella v. Blackjewel, LP: Arlington attorneys led a team that recovered $5,867,536 in back wages to more than 1,500 miners after their employer failed to pay them for their work in connection with the mining of 130,000 tons of coal, filed for bankruptcy, and attempted to sell and transport the coal to a buyer.
- Perez v. Lloyd Industries, Inc.: Two Philadelphia attorneys obtained an award of $1,047,399 in back wages and compensatory and punitive damages after a five-day trial in which a jury found that a sheet metal manufacturer and its owner illegally retaliated against two employees who were fired after OSHA conducted an inspection of the facility.
- Acosta v. Osaka Japan Restaurant, Inc.: After our Philadelphia attorneys presented testimony from two witnesses on the first day of a federal court trial, two well-known Philadelphia restaurants and their owners agreed to pay a total of $1 million in back wages, liquidated damages, and civil money penalties to resolve willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, providing relief to 205 employees.
- Acosta v. Team Environmental LLC: After filing two successful motions in limine, Arlington attorneys obtained a settlement from a pipeline construction management company resulting in $3.7 million in overtime back wages and liquidated damages being paid to 299 pipeline safety inspectors.
- Acosta v. Vinoskey: A Philadelphia attorney conducted a week-long federal court bench trial that resulted in a decision ordering $6.5 million to be restored to the employee stock ownership plan of a packaging equipment and conveying systems services company arising out of violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
- Department of Labor v. Fire & Safety Investigation Consulting Svcs., LLC: Arlington attorneys filed a successful motion for summary judgment resulting in the recovery of $1,635,804 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages for 70 environmental safety consultants in the oil and gas industry.
DOL AGENCIES WE SUPPORT:
- Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) (protecting pension and health and welfare plan benefits)
- Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) (safety for miners, mostly coal in our region)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (safety for everyone else)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration Whistleblower Directorate (protecting workers who speak up about unsafe conditions on the job)
- Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) (protecting employees of and applicants for employment of federal contractors against discrimination)
- Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), Black Lung and Longshore Divisions
- Wage and Hour Division (WHD) (enforcing minimum wage, overtime, and child labor laws, protecting farmworkers, and ensuring that American workers are not cheated)
|1835 Market Street, Mailstop SOL/22
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2968
(215) 861-5162 (FAX)
|REGIONAL SOLICITOR||Oscar L. Hampton III|
|DEPUTY REGIONAL SOLICITOR||Richard T. Buchanan|
|Counsel for Civil Rights / BLBA||Andrea Appel|
|Counsel for ERISA||Jodeen Hobbs|
|Counsel for MSHA||Channah S. Broyde|
|Counsel for OSHA||Michael Doyle|
|Counsel for Wage and Hour||Adam Welsh|
|Administrative Officer||LeKia Sheridan|
|201 12th Street South - Suite 401
Arlington, VA 22202-5450
(202) 693-9392 (FAX)
|Associate Regional Solicitor||Samantha Thomas|
|Counsel for MSHA||Robert S. Wilson|
|Counsel for Wage and Hour||Vacant|