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On August 15, 2017, the Johnson Law Office won a major victory for its client, James Coleman, before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In *Coleman v. Duke*, 867 F.3d 204, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 15179 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 15, 2017), the D.C. Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of Mr. Coleman’s lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security brought under the anti-retaliation provisions of § 704 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e-3. The D.C. Circuit reinstated Mr. Coleman’s unlawful retaliation claim surrounding a promotion denial and counseling letters. The panel held that Mr. Coleman properly and timely had exhausted his administrative remedies when he filed an administrative discrimination complaint that listed reprisal as a claim and provided several examples of retaliatory adverse actions by the Agency. In addition, the Court noted that, during the Agency’s investigation of his discrimination complaint, Mr. Coleman had provided an affidavit that described in more detail the Agency’s retaliatory actions, including the promotion denial. It found that the Agency was placed on notice of and had the full opportunity to investigate Mr. Coleman’s retaliatory denial of promotion claim. The D.C. Circuit also held that the district court erroneously dismissed Mr. Coleman’s retaliation claims without affording Mr. Coleman the opportunity to engage in discovery. The case was remanded to the district court.

The* Coleman* decision provides important guidance on how administrative complaints of discrimination should be crafted and illustrates the need for federal employees to ensure that they immediately seek legal advice when they experience discriminatory actions and that their administrative complaints of discrimination before federal agencies are properly drafted and thoroughly investigated. The Johnson Law Office

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