The Navy improperly dismissed Complainant Coleman’s claims of harassment and discrimination because the agency failed to address the pattern of harassment and instead focused on each detailed incident individually. Coleman, a female Police Officer at the Navy Yard facility in Washington DC, submitted a complaint to the Navy detailing a pattern of harassment and discrimination on the bases of sex, disability, and reprisal for prior EEO protected activity. In determining whether a complainant’s harassment claims sufficiently state a hostile or abusive work environment, the agency must look at all of the complained of incidents together as a whole. When looking at the incidents together, a pattern of harassment developed, which made it sufficient for the agency to address Coleman’s complaints.
See Coleman v. Dep’t of the Navy, EEOC Appeal No. 0120121880 (September 7, 2012); see also Estate of Routson v. Nat’l Aeronautics and Space Admin., EEOC Request No. 05970388 (February 26, 1999); Phillips v. Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, EEOC Request No. 05960030 (July 12, 1996); Banks v. Health and Human Serv., EEOC Request No. 05940481 (February 16, 1995); Meaney v. Dep’t of the Treasury, EEOC Request No. 05940169 (November 3, 1994).
(Development authored by Samantha Aster)