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BOP Medical Worker's Race Based Termination Suit Settles For $65,000

West Virginia resident and ex Bureau of Prisons medical employee, Darrick Leacock, brought a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action in 1995 against United States Attorney General Janet Reno after allegedly being discriminated against and subsequently fired due to his race. The $120,000 suit settled for $65,000.

Leacock began working at FCI Alderson in 1992. White prisoners were allegedly treated better than minorities and he started treating all races equally which he said resulted in overloading of his work schedule. Leacock's fellow staff members, including his allegedly non qualified supervisor, were predominately white which he claimed resulted in complaints concerning his performance and ended in his being pushed by a co worker. Leacock reported this incident only to be told to "gain the respect of the staff" and nothing further was done. The staff then allegedly attempted "to discharge" him from the facility and an incompetency report led to his termination in 1993. He brought the § 1983 action pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for racial discrimination after being approved for the filing of a suit resulting from a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia authorized the settlement in 1997, agreeing to amend Leacock's personnel file to reflect his resignation for personal reasons. There was no admission of guilt and both parties were ordered to pay their own costs and fees. See: Leacock v. Reno, USDC, S.D. W. Va., Case No. 1:95 0531 (Jan. 24 1997).

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