Experience, Expertise, and a Commitment to the Public Interest
At Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C., our experience makes the difference. For more than four decades our lawyers have helped our clients through the complex processes of employment law. We are dedicated to providing excellent client service at every stage of engagement with our firm.
We focus our practice entirely on employment and labor law issues and have a comprehensive understanding of the procedures and government requirements pertaining to federal employment matters.
Our attorneys are deeply committed to protecting the public interest and fighting for the rights of employees in the workplace. In 1975, June Kalijarvi started KCNF based on the principles that everyone deserved equal opportunity employment and a workplace environment free of harassment and discrimination. June dedicated her life to aggressive and fearless advocacy. Her passion for litigation, her tenacity, and her boundless compassion continue to inspire and define our work.
Over the course of the firm’s history, KCNF attorneys have successfully argued and won many groundbreaking cases on behalf of our clients. Some of the more significant cases include:
- Herrman v. Coleman,428 F.Supp. 447 (D.D.C. 1977): June Kalijarvi fought and won one of the first Title VII cases brought against the federal government.
- Shepherd v. Merit Systems Protection Board, 652 F.2d 1040 (D.C. Cir. 1981): This appeal resulted in a reversal of a decision by the United States Merit Systems Protection Board in the first case involving the Senior Executive Service.
- Katz v. Dole, 709 F.2d 251 (4th Cir. 1983): This decision changed the law by finding that a federal employee could be sexually harassed by language alone.
- Loe v. Heckler, 768 F.2d 409 (D.C. Cir. 1985): This appeal reversed the District Court and held that seeking reconsideration from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission tolled the statute of limitations for filing in federal court.
- Boyd v. O’Neill, 273 F.Supp.2d 92 (D.D.C. 2003): The judge held that a Title VII claim brought against a federal agency did not preclude a person from bringing a tort claim against a supervisor.
- Lal v. Merit Systems Protection Board, 821 F.3d 1376 (Fed. Cir. 2016): This appeal established the right of approximately 10,000 Title 42 employees to appeal an adverse action to the Merit Systems Protection Board.