• Sex, Age Bias Lawsuit Against FBI Not Allowed to Move Forward
  • May 10, 2018 | Authors: Jacob E. Roussel; Murphy J. Foster; John T. Andrishok; Leo C. Hamilton; Jerry L. Stovall; Rachael Jeanfreau; E. Fredrick Preis; Steven B. Loeb; Melissa M. Shirley; Eve B. Masinter; Sunny Mayhall West
  • Law Firm: Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. - Baton Rouge Office
  • Former FBI employee Teresa Shobney will not be allowed to move forward with her age and sex bias case against the FBI. Shobney, a former auditor in the FBI's El Paso, Texas field office, claimed that her supervisor Eliasib Ortiz "yelled at her" several times over a 16-month period and gave her a low performance score. She also claimed that a second supervisor filed an unflattering statement during a different discrimination complaint process as well as diminished her supervisory authority. The lawsuit, filed in July 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, brought claims against the FBI and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for sex and age discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment. However, Judge David Campos Guaderrama said that Shobney failed to tie the allegedly discriminatory actions of the supervisors to her protected status as an older female employee. Judge Guaderrama said that Title VII does not serve as a "general civility code" and that the hostility between Shobney and the two supervisors was based on personal conflict and not discrimination.