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Severn man suing Navy for $500K-plus for discrimination

A 58-year-old Severn man who claims that the Navy “continuously … discriminated against and reprised against” him because he complained about age, race and gender discrimination, is suing the military for more than $500,000.

Charlie Richardson, who is black, has worked as a civilian Navy supply technician since April 2004. As a result of the constant discrimination and acts of reprisal, he has been denied opportunities for career advancement, he said in his lawsuit. He also said there is a “pattern and practice of placing young white males” in senior management positions and because of this he did not get a promotion.

Richardson’s lawsuit cites violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and violations of the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

“The … stated incidents of reprisal, racial discrimination by the [Navy], caused [Richardson] a financial loss, undue stress, pain and suffering on both [Richardson] and his family,” he said.

Robinson further claims that he suffered adverse employment actions after he filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2010. In May 2012, the EEOC ultimately concluded that no discrimination had taken place and informed Richardson of his options for legal recourse.

“Mr. Richardson … was constantly being denied opportunities that would have enabled him to progress,” he said in the lawsuit. “There were positions in his location but, the constant discriminating and acts of reprisal denied him the opportunities to progress.”

Richardson said that, as a retired Army veteran with approximately 21 years of active service, he possessed the necessary skills for advancement. He noted that he served in the logistics field, retiring as a manager and later joined the Department of Defense civilian workforce, where he has served approximately 17 years. In contrast, he said, younger, white people who did not have the same experience were “groomed into” leadership positions.

He also said he was denied compensatory time and was not given paid time off to attend his sister’s funeral. As a result, he is seeking $300,000 in pay compensation, $200,000 in economic damages, and $30,000 in legal and fact-finding fees. He is requesting a jury trial.

Richardson filed his lawsuit Aug. 17, 2012, in Virginia federal court, but Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., granted the Navy’s motion Tuesday to transfer Richardson’s lawsuit to U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

The judge, however, denied the Navy’s concurrent motion to dismiss the complaint altogether.

Richardson is representing himself. Telephone calls placed to his home Friday were not answered.

Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy, is named as the defendant in the lawsuit.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, confirmed Friday that Rosenstein’s office will now be representing the Navy. Murphy, however, said she could not comment further because the litigation is pending.

Judge Alexander Williams Jr. is assigned to the case.