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Roy, Shecter & Vocht is dedicated to providing prompt, compassionate, yet aggressive service to our clients. We are small and agile, yet able enough to face the largest law firms in the country. Although we are proud of our trial record, and we have even taught young lawyers trial skills, for many of our clients, we know when litigation is not the answer. When you contact Roy, Shecter & Vocht, you will find a team of award-winning lawyers who will listen to you, and provide an individualized response to your own special problem.

 

Margaret Chadwick 4300 Jackson Rd.
Saranac, Ml 48881 March 5, 2019
Mr. William A. Roy Roy, Shecter & Vocht, P.C.
707 S. Eton St.Birmingham, Ml 48009

Dear Mr. Roy,

I am very negligent in expressing my gratitude to you for the inclusion of my mother, Emily

Laird, in the class action settlement from the Veterans Home Care of Michigan and Missouri. We were very grateful for the settlement check of $1,244.89, and for your help in probating this check by sending the Petition and Order for Assignment form. We took care of this at the Ionia County Courthouse and were able to cash the check. It was a huge help in finalizing my Mom’s burial arrangements. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated your contacting us.

We are also relieved that this VHC company will not be functioning in Michigan due to your diligent work. VHC caused me much anguish as I was concerned with caring for my Mom in the best possible way. At the time we were getting along fine with her social security and two part time care-givers in addition to myself. Mom and I both thought the VA benefits promised by VHC would greatly help with her care and allow her to stay in her apartment. But the extra headache of scheduling people and following the dictates of VHC cost her more money than if she had not signed up. We moved my Mom in with us for her last 3 h months, retaining 2 ladies to stay with her when needed, but we were still under the cloud of waiting for the VA to approve. We misunderstood the VHC rep, who said “you are approved” after submitting our required paperwork to them, and thought naively that we were actually approved by the VA.

We had to have a middle man company pay our caregivers and they submitted their bill to VHC. Since their rate was less than what we wanted our ladies to have, we also paid extra to bring the amount up. All the while the two companies were potentially making about 140% of the caregivers’ wages; a rip-off of the VA. Mom passed on before the VA acted on her case, after 6 months of waiting and many phone calls to the VA. They then denied her request because of her death, but we were able to get some reimbursement for funeral costs from the VA, through more phone calls and more paperwork, allowing us to settle our account with VHC. The bottom line is that the VHC experience was VERY unsatisfactory and caused much anguish and worry.

Mom was very proud of her service in the Navy during WWII from 1943-1945. She was stationed in Washington D.C. and was one of the “Code Girls.” Her unit received a citation for breaking a Japanese code. She was a great lady and served her country and her community.

So thank you again, Mr. Roy, for the work you did on behalf of several people. We are very appreciative of your efforts and wish you all the best.

Sincerely you rs,

Margaret Chadwick

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Workers who sued General Motors after nooses and racist graffiti were found at its largest U.S. transmission plant nearly two years ago are still facing racial harassment, their attorney said Thursday.

Just this week, one of the workers found a monkey doll and a racist drawing near his work station, said attorney Michelle Vocht.

The harassment has been ramping up since December — including threatening and racist messages left on restroom and factory walls and near machines where the employees work — after workers began speaking out publicly, she said.

Nine workers sued GM last April, saying the company didn’t do enough to stop racial harassment that stretched over four years and included the discovery of five nooses in the spring of 2017.

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission said last year its investigation found GM seemed indifferent to the racial harassment and that its minimal steps didn’t end the problems. The automaker disputed the findings.

GM said Thursday it is taking the matter seriously and has taken several steps to address harassment at the plant, including mandatory training. It also said it’s continuing to investigate but has not yet identified those responsible.

“Discrimination and harassment are not acceptable and in stark contrast to how we expect people to show up at work. We treat any reported incident with sensitivity and urgency, and are committed to providing an environment that is safe, open and inclusive,” the company said in a statement.

The latest racist messages, Vocht said, show that GM still is falling short when it comes to protecting the workers and needs to increase security.

“They say they’re working on it, but it’s still occurring,” she said. “One would think GM would take stringent, remedial measures to address this problem.”

The racist notes apparently are being left by more than one person, based on the handwriting, and are being found in a few departments, not the entire plant, Vocht said.

In the federal lawsuit filed last year, workers described finding three nooses attached to the plant ceiling in March 2017 and then two more nooses in the following months.

Nazi symbols and “whites only” were written in the plant’s restrooms and white workers would call black employees racist names, the lawsuit said.

It detailed a long list of other instances of racial harassment and discrimination, saying they had created a hostile work environment.

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