News

April 11, 2018

Statement from Joel Clement and Katherine Atkinson in response to the Department of Interior’s Inspector General’s report on the reassignment of career SES employees

Today, Joel Clement, the civil servant who filed a whistleblower complaint against the Department of the Interior; and Katherine Atkinson, the attorney from Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson representing Joel Clement, released the following statements in response to the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Inspector General’s (IG’s) report on the reassignment of career SES employees. 
 

February 28, 2018

Atkinson Assists Women in the Music Industry with #MeToo

Two brave WHA clients told their stories about music executive Charlie Walk to Rolling Stone.

Songwriters of North America (SONA) has asked WHA to be available to discuss sexual harassment with its members.


2017 Archive

December 23, 2017

Why Doesn't Congress Play by the Same Rules?

"Imagine if people accused of sexual harassment got to choose whether they would face consequences for their misconduct, and that victims would be prohibited from discussing their experiences with anyone outside their immediate family. Unfortunately, to the detriment of countless victims, this has been the precise system for addressing allegations of sexual harassment in Congress for the past 20 years." 

Read Rosalind Herendeen's entire opinion piece in The Hill: Why doesn’t Congress play by the same rules when it comes to sexual harassment? 

 

December 15, 2017 

Wilkenfeld: 'My Client is Terrified' She'll Be Identified in Case Against Matt Lauer

Ari Wilkenfeld sits down with NBC TODAY to discuss the case.

 

November 29, 2017 

Wilkenfeld Represents Client in Case Against 'Today' Anchor Matt Lauer

Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson is honored and privileged to represent the courageous woman who brought the first allegation against Matt Lauer to NBC on Monday night. Ari Wilkenfeld described NBC's reaction following the meeting as, "encouraging."

 

November 14, 2017

Trump Administration Whistleblower Sues DOI

On behalf of WHA client Joel Clement, Katherine Atkinson filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior today due to DOI's failure to respond to Joel's requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act. Members of Congress have also requested records related to the mass reassignment of members of the Senior Executive Service in June, and DOI has refused to produce the records to Senators, Representatives, or individuals affected.

 

September 27, 2017

Zinke says his workers are disloyal. They say his personnel moves break the law.

"As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blasted many within his department for being disloyal to the Trump administration’s agenda this week, the agency’s inspector general’s office continued a probe into whether officials acted inappropriately when they abruptly reassigned dozens of senior workers." Read more.

 

July 19, 2017

WHA Client Blows the Whistle on Trump Administration

Department of the Interior Senior Executive Joel Clement filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. Read Mr. Clement's opinion piece in The Washington Post to learn more about it, and download the complaint below.