While it’s almost an everyday occurrence to see the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) name attached to a discrimination suit, it’s not too common that the EEOC is acting as a defendant. But that’s just the case in a suit the 9th Circuit revived yesterday.
Former EEOC administrative law judge Mary Bullock, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, sued the commission in 2008 for violating the Rehabilitation Act. Bullock said she had sought work accommodations for illnesses and the EEOC ignored those requests. When Bullock claimed the commission was discriminating against her, she claims it retaliated by withholding promotions, refusing to allow her to work from home and imposed tighter deadlines on her than it did on its nondisabled employees. She claimed she was eventually discharged.