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BOP Pays $5,000 to Settle Lawsuit Claiming it Failed to Comply with EEOC Order

The federal Bureau of Prisons paid $5,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging BOP failed to comply with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission order.

Marlene Dawkins worked at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta from December 23, 1994, to February 2, 1998.  She submitted EEOC complaints regarding several instances of racial and sexual harassment and hostile work environment.

She met with an EEO counselor and declined a meeting between all the parties.  She then made numerous attempts to have her EEOC complaint properly filed, but she did not receive forms from the local office.  Over a four month period she submitted a letter complaint and explained her problems in filing to EEOC.

When she finally was able to file her complaint on September 23, 1998, with BOP, it dismissed it as untimely.  The EEOC vacated the dismissed and ordered BOP to investigate the timing issues.  BOP failed to comply with the order and failed to provide Dawkins with a compliance report or final decision.

That prompted her to file her federal lawsuit on September 1, 2000.  The complaint for contempt and for failure to comply with the EEOC order was settled for 5,000 on April 6, 2001.  Dawkins was represented by attorney George Melville Johnson.  See:  Dawkins v. Reno, USDC, N.D. Georgia, Case No 00-CV-2301.

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Dawkins v. Reno