African-American man files discrimination complaint against head of Department of Homeland Security

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 6, 2018

SAN DIEGO – An African-American man alleges he faced harassment and discrimination at his federal job.

SAN DIEGO – An African-American man alleges he faced harassment and discrimination at his federal job.

Earl Jordan filed a complaint on July 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen for alleging retaliation and harassment.

According to the complaint, on April 14, 2017, the plaintiff received notice from his current employer, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that he was going to be placed on suspension pending investigation of allegations HSI had received from his former employer, Federal Protective Service in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, about allegations of criminal misconduct. He alleges these allegations are false.

The suit states the plaintiff previously filed harassment complaints against Federal Protective Service in 2014 and 2015 that he later dismissed.

The plaintiff alleges he was retaliated against by the defendant for engaging in protective activity and harassed because of his race.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory damages, interest, costs of suit, and for such other relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Matthew G. English of Law Offices of Matthew G. English in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California case number 3:18-cv-01680-W-JMA

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