Overview: In Pimental v. Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, the MCAD dismissed a complaint alleging that the Bristol County Sherriff’s Office removed the Complainant from his position as affirmative action officer in retaliation for filing prior claims of discrimination. The Complainant had been disciplined for several violations, and he subsequently filed complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, and disability. The MCAD dismissed those complaints for lack of probably cause prior to hearing the retaliation claim.
The hearing officer dismissed this complaint after finding no causal connection between the prior allegations and the removal of the Complainant from his role as affirmative action officer. Credible evidence showed that the Complainant did not file an internal complaint with the Sheriff’s Office until after the decision was made to terminate his assignment as affirmative action officer. The hearing officer further noted that there was “no significant penalty inflicted” on the Complainant that would rise to the level of adverse action because his role as affirmative action officer came with no additional pay or relief from his regular duties.
Decision Date: July 6, 2016
Docket Number: 10-NEM-00241
Hearing Officer: Betty E. Waxman
Prevailing Party: Respondent
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