Is Sadina Montani NCAI's sexual harassment fixer?
#MeToo labor lawyer a key player in two recent sexual harassment investigations involving top lawyers at the National Congress of American Indians.
WASHINGTON — Lawyer Sadina Montani, a partner with Crowell & Moring LLP, is currently representing the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in a $5 million federal lawsuit filed against the organization by its former CEO involving sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage dispute charges.
Along with her co-counsel Jillian Ambrose, also of Crowell & Moring LLP, Montani has argued in previous D.C. Superior Court filings centered on this case that allegations by former NCAI CEO Dante Desidario, who was fired in August, are problematic and should be heard in federal court and/or arbitrated.
The case is pending review by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Montani, while largely unknown in Indian legal circles, is an employment and labor lawyer who is the immediate past president of the Women’s Bar Association of D.C.
She is a frequent speaker and advocate on #MeToo issues, and she is developing something of a reputation of being a fixer for NCAI’s ongoing sexual harassment woes.
When reached by email about her work, Montani directed inquiries to Charles Chamberlayne, of Gunster Strategies Worldwide, a D.C.-based public affairs firm.
Chamberlayne soon responded, representing himself as a spokesman for NCAI.
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