Success Story
August 22, 2018

Partner Kevin Byrnes Prevails in Discrimination Case Involving Federal Employee

A federal employee was cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing, including creating a hostile work environment and misuse of government equipment, after FH+H Partner Kevin Byrnes presented evidence that religious discrimination was the motivating factor behind complaints by fellow employees.

The client, a practicing Muslim, is a former Marine and converted to Islam when he served in combat in Afghanistan. In his civilian position, he participated in daily prayers, grew a beard, and supported the local Mosque and the Islamic community on the military installation where he worked.

Relying on strained accusations that the employee was too harsh on subordinates and created a “hostile work environment”, subordinates made allegations that the employee had engaged in misuse of government equipment, threats, and harassment. The employee was recommended for suspension and placed under investigation by the Inspector General.

Mr. Byrnes’ opposed the personnel action and the IG inquiry. In submissions to the agency, Mr. Byrnes presented compelling evidence that the employee had been subject to discrimination, harassment, and reprisal for his religious practices. Thanks to Mr. Byrnes, the employee was cleared of all claims of wrongdoing by the Inspector General. His proposed adverse action was mitigated, nevertheless, believing there was no basis for any charge, Mr. Byrnes filed an EEO claim for the employee, which is pending.

To read about Mr. Byrnes’ experience and capabilities, see here.

 

NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS, AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.

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