Attorney fees awarded for federal employee. Complainant was employed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

He filed an EEO alleging retaliation (reprisal) and hostile work environment. After investigation, he requested a hearing before an EEOC Administrative Judge. At hearing, the AJ found in his favor, but only partially. Therefore, although he was entitled to attorneys fees, the AJ reduced his attorneys fees to reflect that he was successful only on some claims. Complainant appealed.

The Office of Federal Operations found that the AJ properly reduced Complainant’s attorney’s fees and costs by 40 percent. That was because Complainant prevailed on only one of his five retaliation claims. As such, he was not entitled to full fees.

Ramon L. v. Dep’t of Justice, EEOC Appeal No. 0120161017 (May 29, 2018)

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