Hostile work environment

Hostile Work Environment or Outrage?

Do you believe that you are the victim of a Hostile Work Environment? Maybe the correct legal term is Outrage.

by Chalmers Johnson, employment attorney

The Seattle Times recently reported on a state case involving a claim of “outrage”. A man did not like the fact that his neighbor was giving piano lessons in her home. He filed a complaint to stop her and then sued.  He lost, and paid $30,000 for court costs and her legal fees. In response he parked his big truck outside of her house. He then repeatedly remote-started it, revved the engine and sounded the alarm. This tended to scare off students and interfere with her lessons. The music teacher sued and won. Continue reading

Litigators won $332,000 jury verdict for small businessman

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GSJones Litigators turn the tables on a corporate plaintiff suing a small business owner

GSJones Law Group litigators won a $332,000 jury verdict for Kitsap County cabinetmaker Shannon Wagner. Port Orchard Airport, Inc. filed suit against the small businessman after it evicted him from his shop. In addition they seized most of the business’ tools, materials, and unfinished projects. Sara Humphries, who has worked defending tenants in eviction actions for years joined Chalmers Johnson, who usually represents plaintiffs in lawsuits against corporations. Together they formed a winning team. Continue reading

Personal injury attorney sues Port Townsend for retired reporter

Chalmers Johnson, personal injury attorney, employment lawGSJones Law Group personal injury attorney Chalmers Johnson sues Port Townsend, the police department and the officer who injured his client, a retired newspaper reporter.

Port Townsend police officer threw retired reporter Stephen Patch to the sidewalk and ground his face in the concrete in December 2014. Mr. Patch ended the encounter face down in a pool of his own blood with a broken wrist. The officer was responding to a report from a third party in which Mr. Patch was the alleged victim in an argument with his disabled son. The officer, who can be heard on the police dash-cam recording, explained to Mr. Patch’s outraged son at the scene that he was only trying to protect Mr. Patch from injuring himself. He changed his justification for the attack when he later wrote a report that stated Mr. Patch, a slight 64-year-old man, was threatening the police officers.

$60,000 in Medical Costs

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Constitutional Law

Constitutional law


Two litigators with advanced degree (LL.M) and experience in constitutional law

Consult a litigation attorney with advanced training (LL.M) in constitutional law who can identify and use constitutional issues during the course of trial.  Constitutional law focuses on the application of the U.S. Constitution to cases. Few people seek out a constitutional lawyer. However, law firms with attorneys who have experience and additional education in constitutional law offer most clients an enhanced level of service. Constitutional lawyers work with the rights and principles created by the Constitution in a wide variety of individual cases.


You may have a custody issue or an employment law case. Maybe it’s an immigration or criminal law problem. Any of these could benefit from someone skilled in constitutional principles.

GSJones team approach gives all our litigators access to the constitution law experience of two attorneys

Sara, Humphries, family law, civil defense, appellate law Chalmers Johnson, personal injury attorney, employment law

Sara Humphries earned an advanced law degree focusing on constitutional law, appellate advocacy and federal courts. In addition to her family law and civil defense practice, she is available for consultation to all GSJones Law Group lawyers.

Chalmers Johnson focuses on representing people who have been injured. Specifically, he focuses on Civil Rights, employment law, and personal injury. In the course of his 22 years, he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, two state supreme courts, a U.S. Court of Appeals. He is equipped to represent you in both straightforward situations and when it is necessary to vindicate your constitutional rights in court. He is also available to advise other GSJones lawyers about options.

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GSJones Law Group, P.S.

Employment Law Attorney

employment law attorney


More than 20 years dedicated to employment law

GSJones Law Group offers a broad range of consultation and representation services in employment and labor law to both employees and employers in Kitsap County. Many consultation services for employees are surprisingly affordable.

Employment Law services for employees

Do you need an experienced attorney by your side to fight for your rights in the workplace? Unfairly treated? No one will fight more zealously for you than our employment law attorney. More importantly, be proactive and head off trouble. Make an appointment for an affordable consultation or document review before a problem develops. You can depend on Chalmers Johnson, with 20+ years fighting for workers. He stands with you, no matter what legal help you need. Whether it’s advice, administrative claims, appeals, administrative hearings, or a lawsuit, the employment law team has the superior experience to get the job done. In addition, he has a stellar record in negotiated settlements.

Finally, Chalmers’ extensive experience includes appealing cases in federal and state courts. He has appealed many cases, including to state Supreme Courts and the federal Supreme Court.

We regularly represent federal employees on the Peninsula.

For example, here is a partial list of case types.

  • Discrimination and harassment in the workplace, based on race, national origin, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability
  • Sexual harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Wages and hours issues, including overtime issues and other forms of employer wage theft
  • Wrongful termination
  • Appeals from Unemployment Insurance decisions
  • EEOC and EEO complaints

 We work to address the work environment at PSNS, Bangor, and Keyport

In September 2019 Kitsap Sun reported on a lengthy #MeToo– type post by an employee of PSNS in which she supplies detailed examples of “toxic behavior”. We regularly and successfully address all types of employment problems at all the local federal facilities. Chalmers Johnson has extensive experience in Civil Rights and employment law.

Document reviews save you future headaches

The best investment in your career could well be a consultation to review employment documents. In other words, document reviews can improve many situations. Are you starting a new job? Consider a review of your contract and non-compete agreement. A review of a severance agreement may mean additional compensation. You can expect Chalmers to translate the legalese into plain English. They will also answer your questions and advise you on any “fine print” pitfalls. Your peace of mind is well worth the modest consultation fee. Here are some examples.

  • Non-compete agreements
  • Offers of employment
  • Separation/Severance agreements
  • Notices of potential disciplinary actions
  • Non-union employer appeal processes

Preventative employment law services for employers

Similarly, employers consult us to ensure that their practices and policies are legal and fair. We assist employers to create effective employment policies. Mr. Johnson‘s reviews of current policies and practices can ensure that you are in compliance with quickly changing employment law. In addition, he investigates specific employee complaints and provides findings and recommendations. Many labor issues seem minor when first reported. However, they can end up costing you dearly if not handled quickly and professionally. And, Chalmers’ more than 20 years of experience can provide what you need.

Our employment law services can keep your workplace harmonious and productive.

We know you prefer to be known as a responsive and responsible employer. Add Chalmers Johnson to your team of professional services. Avoid expensive administrative complaints and lawsuits. Many times these events divide your workplace for years. Chalmers is dedicated to helping you create a healthy, productive workplace. That can only be achieved with strong, prompt, decisive, and responsible handling of employee complaints.

Contact us with your labor and employment law needs today

Chalmers Johnson, personal injury attorney, employment law






Chalmers Johnson

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Employment law appointments available at both our Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island offices.

Based in Port Orchard, WA with a branch on Bainbridge Island, GSJones Law Group, P.S., represents Kitsap County residents, as well as clients from throughout surrounding counties and communities. Among the communities are Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Silverdale, Seabeck, Belfair, Banner, Olalla, Poulsbo,  Bethel, Navy Yard City, Fernwood, Purdy. Clients also come from Bainbridge Island and Vashon Island, as well as surrounding areas in Mason County, and Jefferson County.