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BOP Promotes Employee to Settle EEOC Complaint

The federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) agreed to promote an employee at FCI Yazoo in Mississippi to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint alleging discrimination based on race.

Barbara Sullivan, who is white, was employed as a Medical Secretary GS-6 at FCI Yazoo.  Based upon her over 10 years’ experience in the private sector medical records sector that included working as a Medical Records Administrator, Sullivan would fill in at the prison’s medical records department when needed.

When the prison posted an opening for a Medical Records Administrative Specialist GS-7/9 in early 1998, Sullivan applied.  The job, however, was awarded to Judith Walker, a black woman who Sullivan alleged lacked the requisite qualifications and was given the job based on her race.

BOP settled the complaint on April 26, 2000, by promoting Sullivan to GS-9 effective April 23, 2000.  It also agreed that neither she nor James Sullivan would be subject to reprisal or retaliation.  See:  Sullivan v. Reno, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Case No 130-AO-811X. 

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Sullivan v. Reno