Former Administrative Judge Proves U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "Retaliated"
Bullock, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus, worked as an ALJ for the EEOC from 1999 to 2007. In January 2003, Bullock filed an informal complaint based on alleged violations of the Rehabilitation Act, which incorporates the administrative exhaustion procedures of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e–16(c). See 29 U.S.C. § 794a(a)(1). Bullock filed a formal complaint in May 2003. A hearing was held before a contract ALJ, in accordance with EEOC policy for complaints filed by EEOC employees. The ALJ found that Bullock was not a qualified individual with a disability because she could not perform the essential functions of her job even with accommodation. However, the ALJ found that the EEOC had retaliated against Bullock for filing her discrimination complaint. The ALJ awarded Bullock $25,000 in nonpecuniary damages, $108,680 in attorney's fees, and $7,823.24 in costs. See Bullock v Berrien.