BATON ROUGE – Darrick Lee, a licensed attorney in both Louisiana and Texas, has been appointed to the position of Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) Fraud Manager.
Darrick has a committed history of civil service spanning the last 13 years. Prior to this appointment, he presented claims before the OWCA Second Injury Board and provided legal advice to its members. Additionally, he litigated cases before the Workers’ Compensation Courts, securing monetary judgments against companies that failed to secure Worker’s Compensation insurance and ensuring that prosecuted business owners fulfilled their insurance obligations. As a member of the GAME-ON (Government Against Misclassified Employees Operational Network) task force, he also participates in the strategic planning and examination of companies under investigation for suspected fraud. GAME-ON is an interagency network made up of members of the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Unemployment Insurance and Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration divisions and the Louisiana Department of Revenue. The task force also collaborates with the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division.
Darrick established a successful track record as a mediator in OWCA District I East, resolving more than 60 percent of the cases he mediated. His experience also includes litigation for daycare licensing revocation and bringing Risk Evaluation Panel cases before Administrative Courts.
During his tenure as an attorney with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), he offered legal counsel regarding EEOC claims and Employment Law litigation. He also utilized his legal expertise as an attorney with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), where he litigated Rate and Audit Reimbursement cases in both Administrative Courts and Louisiana District Courts.
Among his other professional highlights are litigating both Medicaid eligibility and nursing home licensing cases, as well as helping achieve I.R.S. 501 (C) (3) status of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum.
Darrick speaks frequently on issues concerning workers’ compensation fraud, having given presentations before the U.S. Wage and Hour Conference, the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Labor Summit Conference, the U.S. Department of Labor Education and Outreach Forum and as a participant in the Louisiana Comp Blog: Comp In Focus Speaker Series.
Darrick is a cum laude graduate of the Southern University Law Center (SULC). He earned a SULC scholarship and was also awarded a Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Scholarship. He was a member of both the SULC VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program and the SULC recruitment committee. He also earned an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation from the University of Florida, College of Law.
About the Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.
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