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BOP Settles Claim of Race and Gender Discrimination

The Bureau of Prisons settled a claim of racial and gender discrimination in September 2002.

Lisa Pinkston Druey, a white female prison guard at Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City, Mississippi, filed a claim of discrimination against the Bureau of Prisons, FCI Yazoo City Warden Khurshid Yusuff, Food Service Administrator Danny Williams and Assistant Food Service Administrator Cora McKissic on July 1, 2001. In the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint, Druey alleged that she was terminated because she was a white female.

According to the complaint, the reasons provided for Druey's termination were pretextual. Those reasons included failure to follow basic food service practices, poor communication and listening skills, poor security practices, several instances of being relieved of post for prison security failures and an apparent failure to deliver a Passover meal until the day after Passover.

Druey cited severe understaffing issues and lack of proper training in the FCI Yazoo City Food Service Department as reasons for these problems. At the time of her termination, Druey was the only white female in the department.

The parties settled the claim on September 3, 2002. The Bureau of Prisons agreed to reinstate Druey to the position of prison guard at the GS-07, Step 8 level ($41,819.00 per year), pay Druey $22,500.00 in back pay and pay $8,000.00 in attorney's fees to Thomas McCraney, III, Druey's lawyer.

Druey agreed to submit to the usual pre-employment interview and drug test, and to return a $3,000.00 "counter check" purchased by Alan Gentry in August 2001.

As part of the confidential settlement agreement, the Bureau of Prisons did not admit any wrongdoing or discriminatory behavior.

The documents from this case were obtained by Prison Legal News after a successful twelve-year-long battle with the Bureau of Prisons over a Freedom of Information Act request.

See:  EEOC Case No. 130-A2-28091X, BOP Agency Case No. P-2001-0183.

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EEOC Case No. 130-A2-28091X