Federal employee wins retaliation and discrimination appeal. The complainant, a federal employee at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), filed an EEO complaint. She alleged the VA had discriminated against her on the basis of her sex. She also alleged the VA retaliated for previous EEO activity. Previously, she filed an EEO alleging sexual harassment by a supervisor. An administrative judge (AJ) ruled in favor of the federal employee and awarded $25,000 in compensatory damages, plus pecuniary damages of $8,125 to cover therapy and future treatment. The compensatory damages were calculated from the date when she first complained rather than the date the harassment began.
Complainant appealed arguing most of the harassment was between 10/11 and 4/12. The commission determined that the EEOC AJ should have calculated her damages from the date the sexual harassment began. This was especially true as VA management was aware that the supervisor had been harassing another woman previously. The commission amended W.’s award to $50,000.
Pamula W. v. Dep’t. of Veterans Affairs https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/decisions/0120171387.pdf
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