Trump Casino Dealer Busts on Claim Of Disability Discrimination in Firing
"It's not a particularly new concept," says Taliaferro's lawyer, Haddonfield solo William Hildebrand. "There's a lot of case law out there saying, if you file for [SSA disability] benefits, you're taking a risk."
"It behooves someone litigating in this area to make sure the client doesn't apply for any kind of benefits without consulting with you first," he adds.
John Donnelly, one of Trump's lawyers, says they alerted the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development that Taliaferro had multiple claims for relief pending.
"The difficulty with these kinds of cases is, none of the competing bureaucracies communicate with one another," he says. "This becomes very expensive for employers who are trying to sort out the issues."
Donnelly handled the matter as of counsel with Levin, Staller, Sklar, Chan & Donnelly in Atlantic City but has since left to form Donnelly Clark, also in Atlantic City.