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$215,000 Settlement in DC Jail Guard’s Wrongful Termination Suit

The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $215,000 to settle the lawsuit of ex-employee Roland J. Jackson, Jr., a twenty-six year veteran at the D.C. Jail, for intentional and reckless misconduct with respect to his termination on September 29, 1997.

While working at the D.C. Jail on September 8, 1997 in Zone 4—his assigned work area—Jackson responded to an emergency call for assistance in Zone 1, where prisoner Frank Ready had died in his cell. On September 11, 1997, acting Deputy Warden Larry Corbett asserted that Jackson be terminated under the “District Personnel Manual” rule “Emergency Provisions,” stating that Jackson had failed to make “appropriate security checks” where prisoner Ready had died in Zone 1, although Jackson was assigned to work in Zone 4 the night Ready died. It was later determined that Ready had died of natural causes.

Jackson’s complaint alleged deprivation of rights to liberty and property without due process, and terminating his employment without cause. Jackson accepted settlement on January 10, 2001. He was represented by Washington D.C. Attorney’s Harold L. Levi and Gregory L. Lattimer. See: Jackson v. District of Columbia, U.S. District Court District of Columbia, Case No. cv-00631.

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