Patent Examiner's Race Discrimination Case Fizzles

Law360, New York (January 8, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A district judge has dismissed a race and sex discrimination case brought against the federal agency that issues patents and trademarks, ruling that a former patent examiner failed to show that actions taken by her boss were based on a protected status.

The African-American woman, an electrical engineer named Raquely Y. Gordon, accused her former boss at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of giving her an unfavorable workload and retaliating against her for complaining.

District Judge T. S. Ellis III, however, rejected Gordon’s argument in...
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