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April 2015 Archives

News from the Supreme Court: Court to Hear Complaint Deadline Case

News from the Supreme Court:  On April 27, 2015, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal in Green v. Donahoe.  The appeal seeks to resolve a split in the courts regarding how to calculate deadlines for federal sector EEO complaints.

Developments at the EEOC: Passman & Kaplan Wins Default Judgment

Developments at the EEOC: On April 6, 2015, the General Services Administration (GSA) decided not to appeal the default judgment order imposed against it in EEOC No. 570-2012-00608X. GSA was sanctioned for its failure to timely investigate an EEO complaint, in a case where the Complainant did not receive the report of investigation from GSA until 506 days after the formal complaint, and 350 days after the last amendment.

DEFAULT JUDGMENT AGAINST GSA IN PASSMAN & KAPLAN CASE

On April 6, 2015, the General Services Administration (GSA) decided not to appeal the default judgment order imposed against it in EEOC No. 5702-2012-00608X. GSA was sanctioned for its failure to timely investigate an EEO complaint, in a case where the Complainant only received the report of investigation from the Agency 506 days after the formal complaint, and 350 days after the last amendment. After a damages hearing, EEOC Supervisory Administrative Judge Stephens awarded Complainant retroactive reinstatement to the SES, back pay, $50,000 in compensatory damages, a neutral reference should Complainant decide to look for an alternative job, just under $50,000 in attorneys' fees and costs, remedial EEO training at GSA, and posting of notice. Complainant was represented by Passman & Kaplan Senior Associate Adria S. Zeldin. 

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