Appeals Court Reopens USDA Discrimination Case

Law360 (August 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Citing a subsequent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, an appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a black female economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging racial discrimination.

In a decision Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court's decision to dismiss Cheryl Steele's claims of hostile environment and unlawful retaliation.

Steele alleges that the USDA — largely through her supervisor, James Johnson — discriminated against her by...
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