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by PoP Sponsor November 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

This column is written and sponsored by Alan Lescht and Associates, PC, an employment litigation firm in Washington, DC, that handles cases involving contract disputes, wage and hour issues, discrimination and retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation and security clearances.

News of sexual harassment has dominated the media over the past several weeks. What are the signs of sexual harassment? What behavior rises to the level of illegal sexual harassment? And what are the solutions?

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of unwanted behavior. The law recognizes two distinct types of sexual harassment. The first type is hostile work environment. This occurs when a supervisor or coworker subjects an employee to unwelcome sexual conduct, which may include touching and/or comments. Unwelcome conduct does not necessarily have to be sexually explicit. For example, requests for dates or comments about physical appearance may constitute harassment, depending on the circumstances.

However, harassment is only illegal if it is “severe and pervasive,” which means that the harassment was so bad and occurred so frequently that it basically changed the employee’s work environment.

The second type or illegal sexual harassment is quid pro quo, where employment, or aspects of employment, are conditioned on satisfaction of a sexual demand. An example is when a supervisor hints that he/she will give an employee a promotion or a raise in exchange for a sexual favor.

How do I stop sexual harassment?

Your options depend on who you work for and where you work. Federal government workers must contact their agency’s EEO office within 45 days of the harassment. After the agency investigates, employees have several options, including the right to request a hearing before a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) administrative judge, or to file a lawsuit in federal court. (more…)

by PoP Sponsor November 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

There’s over 250 open houses in the District this weekend. This means that if you’re looking for a new home, there’s gotta be one that interests you enough to tear away from the mimosas and brunch you have planned that stretch into the late afternoons. Check out some of the recommended open houses below:

For the entire DC Open House List click here.

  • 1717 Euclid Street NW Unit #1— $589,000 — Adams Morgan
    Open SAT. & SUN. 1-3PM — Kevin Kehoe
    ‘The Kennedy’ new condo building recently listed all 4 units.
  • 701 14th Street SE — $1,229,000 — Hill East
    Open SUN. 1-4PM — Warren Kluth
    End-unit rowhouse with both an upper and lower washer/dryer.
  • 2651 Rhode Island Avenue NE — $824,900 — Woodridge
    Open SUN. 2-4PM — Kymber Lovett-Menkiti
    A fully renovated 5-bedroom detached, with a backyard!
  • 4201 Cathedral Avenue NW #807W — $275,000 — Wesley Heights
    Open SUN. 2-4PM — Kent Madsen
    Spacious 1-bedroom in a nice building, but with a ‘no pets’ rule.
  • 240 M Street SW #E409 — $389,500 — Southwest Waterfront
    Open SUN. 1-4PM — Iris Ralston
    Condo literally just down the street from the Metro and Wharf.
  • 1323 Webster Street NE — $699,900 — Brookland
    Open SAT. 2-4PM — Jane Davis Adams
    The always rare & quickly bought detached for a non-outrageous price.
  • 1301 20th Street NW #902 — $399,000 — Dupont Circle
    Open SAT. 12-2PM — Joshua Oliver
    One-bedroom in ‘The Lauren’ includes community rooftop pool & deck.

by PoP Sponsor November 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

This weekly column is written and sponsored by D.C. real estate agent and Edgewood resident Jessica Evans. Email her questions at  [email protected].

This week, we had a special “Development News You Can Use” request for information about the St. Elizabeths Hospital East Campus redevelopment. It’s no secret that there are many development projects under construction in wards 7 and 8 right now (21 to be exact), but this is one of the ones that hasn’t gotten as much recent publicity.

History: St. Elizabeths was established in 1855 as the Government Hospital for the Insane. In 1916 the name was changed to St. Elizabeths Hospital. There are 2 campuses on 176 acres, and approximately 70 buildings — to put this in perspective, the national mall is 146 acres. The West Campus is owned by the federal government and under the control of GSA (the award winning U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters are located there). The East Campus is owned by the District of Columbia, this is the redevelopment project that we will explore in this column. While the buildings are vacant and disrepair, there is something both eerie and beautiful about them at the same time.

Location: St. Elizabeths is located in Congress Heights, the east campus is bordered by Martin Luther King Jr Ave to the west, Alabama Ave SE to the south and the Congress Heights Metro Station adjoins the south east corner of the property.

Development Summary: The redevelopment of Saint Elizabeths East is a multiphase project. Progress has been slow but steady since the release of the new Master Plan in 2012.  Phase 1 will include the 15 acres nearest the Congress Heights Metro station and the highly anticipated 4,200 seat arena that would host Wizards practice, Washington Mystics home games and other entertainment. (more…)

by PoP Sponsor November 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

Are you looking to give back this Thanksgiving? Washingtonians are invited to join SOME (So Others Might Eat) on Thanksgiving Day for a 5k run/walk on Pennsylvania Avenue. The District’s only Turkey Trot, SOME’s Trot for Hunger is hoping to raise over $600,000 to continue to provide critical services such as food, clothing and healthcare to thousands of homeless and poor men, women and children in DC.

Please sign up today and get your Thanksgiving off to a great start at the Trot for Hunger. It’s a fun way — come in your best Thanksgiving dinner-themed costume! — to get together with friends and family to give back on Thanksgiving morning.

Registration Fee: $40 untimed and $45 timed ($50 day-of registration), $15 for kids 10 and under
Date: Thursday, Nov 23
Time: 8:30 a.m. Kids’ One Mile Fun Run; 9:00 a.m. 5K Run and 9:15 a.m. 5K Walk
Location: Freedom Plaza, (corner of 13th Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)
Questions: Please contact us at [email protected] or 202.797.8806, ext. 1093.

SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. Unable to participate on Thanksgiving Day? SOME has a variety of ways to get involved this holiday season.

by PoP Sponsor November 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by Real Living At Home. 

While we started to think maybe there was a slight slowing down of the market in DC, agents were apparently just on a quick pause based on the whopping 220+ listings hitting the market in the past 7 days. The weather may have cooled, but this market is still hot. Check out some of our Fresh Finds below:

For all of the DC listings that hit the market TODAY, click here.

by PoP Sponsor November 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

Join local DC startup cove for the Launch Party of their newest neighborhood workspace in Dupont Circle on Wednesday, November 15 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at 1666 Connecticut Ave NW. There will be food from Luke’s Lobster and Popped. Republic, music and giveaways from partners at Getaround and Via. RSVP at cove.is/dupont.

Cove Dupont is the DC-based startup’s most spacious location that opened this month, just north of the Circle. It’s the latest addition to cove’s network of neighborhood workspaces, geared for productivity and built for people who need a place to get things done outside the house, and away from the crowded coffee shop or sea of office cubes.

Cove has been building workspaces across DC and Boston for the last few years. Having already tested the waters out in Dupont Circle in September 2013, cove has finally returned to the Circle with 5,000 sq. ft. and floor-to-ceiling windows that stretch across its storefront on Connecticut Ave.

The beautifully designed workspace features plenty of seating in both quiet and social areas, high speed fiber internet, private call spaces and meeting rooms, a large event space, speciality coffee, beverages, snacks and tons of natural light. Basically where you want to be, and where you want to work.

RSVP for the Launch Party at cove.is/dupont, and sign up for your free trial visit at cove Dupont today at cove.is/locations/dc/dupont.

by PoP Sponsor November 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

With only about 80 open houses scheduled in DC for the weekend, it appears inventory might be starting to slow down for the season. If that’s the case, you better get out there and check out some of these DC open houses below:

For the entire list click here.

  • 1722 Independence Ave SE #1 — $599,000 — Capitol Hill East
    • Open SUN. 1-3PM — Brian Thomas
    • Brand-new duplex construction blocks from the Metro.
  • 4610 4th Street NW — $649,555 — Petworth
    • Open SUN. 12-1PM — Daniel MacDonald
    • Decent rowhouse that appears to have a fridge in the sunroom.
  • 1310 Corbin Place NE — $835,000 — Kingman Park
    • Open SAT. & SUN. 1-3PM — Mary Saltzman
    • Recently reduced price.
  • 560 N Street SW #N-511 — $349,999 — Southwest Waterfront
    • Open SUN. 12:30-2:30PM — Christopher Jeffries
    • Can’t get much closer to the Wharf than this one.
  • 1940 Summit Place NE — $849,900 — Eckington
    • Open SAT. & SUN. 2-4PM — Lyndsi Sitcov
    • End unit rowhouse that “finishing touches are being implemented.”
  • 1337 Spring Road NW #3 — $639,000 — Columbia Heights
    • Open SUN. 1-3:30PM — Ellen Klein
    • Recently renovated and expanded with modern touches.
  • 3410 Nash Place SE — $339,000 — Hillcrest
    • Open SUN. 1-3PM — James Gregory
    • Looks small from the outside, but somehow has 4 bedrooms.

by PoP Sponsor November 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

This weekly column is written and sponsored by D.C. real estate agent and Edgewood resident Jessica Evans. Email her questions at  [email protected].

In this fast paced and competitive DC housing market, buying is a challenge in itself without adding in the extra variable of selling a home at the same time. Sure, in an ideal world, you would be able to keep both your old home and buy a new one, but the DC real estate market strikes again and for many this is not financially feasible (or maybe you don’t want to experience the joys of being a landlord).

When selling and buying, timing is everything and advance planning is your best bet for a successful move, without having to move more than once. There is no one size fits all solution to this challenge but there are a few options to consider:

Option 1: Sell first, then buy. This usually includes an extended settlement date or rent back on the sale, to allow time to purchase.

Pros: you will have any proceeds from your sale to apply to your purchase. You won’t be stuck with 2 housing payments at the same time if it takes longer than expected to sell your home.

Cons: You will have a limited amount of time to find the home that you want to buy and ratify a contract (usually 2-4 weeks). There is a risk of not finding a home, or not ratifying a contract, in which case you may find yourself making sacrifices that you didn’t intend to make, or opting for a plan B of a temporary housing arrangement. (more…)

by PoP Sponsor November 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by Real Living At Home. 

Well it’s now dark by 5PM. Adjust your sleep schedule and seasonal depression accordingly for the next couple months until the sun starts setting after you get out of work rather than during. Meanwhile, check out some of our Fresh Finds of the week below:

For all of the DC listings that just hit the market TODAY, click here.

by PoP Sponsor November 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

This column is written and sponsored by Alan Lescht and Associates, PC, an employment litigation firm in Washington, DC, that handles cases involving contract disputes, wage and hour issues, discrimination and retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation and security clearances.

New employees are frequently faced with a bundle of papers that they must sign when starting a new job. This may include a mandatory arbitration agreement, which could be buried in a lengthy employment handbook. If you are faced with signing an arbitration agreement, or have already signed one with your employer, it is important to read and understand the agreement and the rights you may be giving up.

What is an arbitration agreement?

Arbitration agreements limit an employee’s right to go to court in the event that a conflict arises that falls under the scope of the agreement. Instead of filing a lawsuit in court, an employee must file a demand for arbitration, where a neutral arbitrator will be appointed, review the evidence presented and decide on the outcome of the conflict. If the arbitrator decides the case in favor of the employee, he or she will also make a finding on damages.

What are the pros and cons of arbitration?

Employers frequently favor arbitration agreements because it is a less expensive alternative to litigating a conflict in court. Employers also view arbitration as more predictable, as a trained legal professional, oftentimes a lawyer or judge, will decide the outcome of a case rather than a jury.

Arbitration may also be more cost-effective for employees, and will likely mean a quicker result than if the employee litigated his or her case in court. However, in arbitration the employee will likely be limited in his or her ability to engage in discovery, which is extremely valuable in employment cases. (more…)

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