DeCaire v. Gonzales
Federal Court Proceeding Massachusetts District Court, Case No. 04CA1597

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474 F.Supp.2d 241 (2007)

Cynthia A. DECAIRE, Plaintiff,
Alberto R. GONZALES in his official position as Attorney General of the United States, Defendant.

Civil Action No. 04-10593-WGY.

United States District Court, D. Massachusetts.

February 23, 2007.

*242 *243 *244 Paul F. Kelly, Indira Talwani, Segal, Roitman & Coleman, Boston, MA, for Plaintiff.

Paul W. Johnson, Ferriter, Scobbo & Rolophele, P.C., Boston, MA, for Defendant.


YOUNG, District Judge.


The plaintiff, Cynthia DeCaire ("De-Caire") filed a complaint against John D. Ashcroft, in his official position as Attorney General of the United States (the "Government") on March 26, 2004 under section 717 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e-16 and 2000e-3, for gender discrimination and retaliation by Anthony Dichio ("Dichio"), the United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts. Compl. and Demand for Jury Trial [Doc. No. 1]. The Government filed an Answer on July 7, 2004 [Doc. No. 5]. DeCaire amended her complaint on July 7, 2004. First Am. Compl. ("Pl.'s First. Am. Compl.") [Doc. No. 6]. The Government filed an amended answer on April 5, 2005 ("Def.'s Am. Answer") [Doc. No. 25].

On that same day, the Government filed a motion for summary judgment [Doc. No. 26] as to DeCaire's discrimination and retaliation claims. DeCaire filed a cross-motion for partial summary judgment as to the exhaustion of administrative remedies and the preclusion of any of DeCaire's claims. [Doc. No. 27]. DeCaire filed a memorandum in support of the motion and exhibits, on April 16, 2005 [Doc. Nos. 28-30], and filed additional exhibits on April 25, 2005 [Doc. No. 35]. DeCaire filed an opposition to the Government's summary judgment motion on April 18, 2005 [Doc. No. 31], with the Government filing its own *245 opposition on May 2, 2005 [Doc. No. 37]. The Court allowed DeCaire's motion for partial summary judgment, ruling that the Government waived the defense of exhaustion of administrative remedies by failing to raise it in either its answer or amended answer. The Court denied the Government's motion on that same day.

On May 12, 2005, in light of the fact that Alberto R. Gonzales had replaced John Ashcroft as Attorney General of the United States, this Court granted the motion to substitute a party. [Doc. No. 36]. The parties filed a joint pretrial memorandum on May 12, 2005 [Doc. No. 38]. Subsequently, various evidentiary and discovery matters came before this Court [Doc. Nos. 42, 43, 46-47, 60-61, 64-65]. Additional and amended "agreed-upon" facts were submitted by DeCaire ("Joint Statement of Facts") [Doc. Nos. 49-50, 56], and trial briefs were filed by the Government [Doc. Nos. 51, 53].

An eight-day jury-waived trial commenced on June 2, 2005.[1] Closing arguments were held on July 27, 2005,[2] at which point the Court took this matter under advisement. DeCaire subsequently filed Proposed Findings of Fact with this Court. [Doc. No. 75, 77].


A. Agreed-Upon Facts

This Court accepts the following facts filed in the parties' Joint Statement of Facts. The entry-level position in the United States Marshal's office is the "082" position. Joint Statement of Facts at ¶ 1. The Criminal Investigator Deputy United States Marshal position is the "1811" position, which is "more advanced" than "082" status. Id. ¶¶ 2-3. Deputies are assigned permanent duty stations within their district and "may be temporarily detailed to other duty stations inside and outside of the district." Id. ¶¶ 4, 7.

DeCaire has been employed by the United States Marshals' Service since June of 1991. Id. ¶ 7. From June of 1991 to August of 2002, with the exception of one Worcester assignment, her duty station had been Boston. Id. ¶ 17. DeCaire has had an exemplary and "successful career" with the Marshal's service, during which time she has sought career advancement. Id. ¶¶ 8, 14. She began as an 082, id. ¶ 7, and was promoted to an 1811 (Grade 11) position in December 1993. Id. ¶ 9. Three years later, she advanced to a Senior Criminal Investigator Deputy 1811 (Grade 12) position. Id. ¶ 11. DeCaire was assigned to the Warrant Investigations Unit in December 1999, id. ¶ 12, and later became an Acting Supervisory Criminal Investigator in Worcester. Id. ¶ 13. Upon completion of this position, she returned to Boston where she was Team Leader of the Warrant Investigations unit. Id. ¶ 14. Subsequently, she "made the certification list for a promotional position in the Electronic Surveillance unit." Id. ¶ 16.

Dichio was appointed as United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts by President George Bush and was sworn in on August 6, 2002. Id. ¶ 18. There was, at the time, a "manpower shortage in *246 the District, and in particular, in Court Operations." Id. ¶ 19 (noting that this shortage "was covered on an as-needed basis primarily by the Warrant Investigations Unit or by hiring guards.") (internal quotation marks omitted). A position with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area ("HIDTA") Task Force became available in September 2002. DeCaire, along with deputy Susan Williams ("Williams"), a deputy more senior to DeCaire, and deputy Mark Lewis ("Lewis"), a deputy junior to DeCaire, were interested in the position. Id. ¶ 21. Deputies were not happy with, and complained about, the appointment of Lewis to the Worcester HIDTA position. Id. ¶ 22. DeCaire was reassigned to the Worcester office at the end of that month, id. ¶ 23, while "Deputy Marshal Steve McKearney " who had originally been transferred to Worcester for disciplinary reasons prior to Marshal Dichio's arrival in the District " was transferred to . . . De-Caire's position in the Warrant Investigations unit." Id. ¶ 24. Both were given three work days notice of the transfer. Id. ¶ 26. The Form SF50, normally issued at the time of formal transfers, was not completed in either of the transfers. Id. ¶¶ 4, 25.

A few months later, in January 2003, Dichio decided to rotate Williams and De-Caire to Boston, despite the fact that Lewis was the junior deputy in Worcester and his duty station was Boston. Id. ¶¶ 26, 27. Again, this rotational transfer was not accompanied by a Form SF50. Id. ¶ 37. On the first day of the rotation, January 23, 2003, DeCaire "called in sick . . . [and] initiated EEO counseling." Id. ¶¶ 31-32. The next day, "Assistant Chief Paul Durette ("Durette") modified Supervisory Deputy [Tom] Bezanson's directive, instructing him that assignments to Boston were to be made only as needed." Id. ¶ 33. The following week, from January 27-31, 2003, DeCaire was on pre-approved leave. Id. ¶ 34. She was told by Bezanson "to report to Worcester instead of Boston on February 3, 2003, and for that reason she did not work in Boston on that day." Id. ¶ 35.

Dichio, without discussing the appointment with Durette, the assistant chief, again without a Form SF50, appointed De-Caire to the Boston 082 Court Operations position. Id. ¶¶ 38, 39, 41. "At the time of this reassignment, there were deputies with less seniority than Deputy Marshal DeCaire assigned to the Worcester office, and to [the] Warrant Investigations Unit in Boston." Id. ¶ 40.

On February 5, 2003 Bezanson forwarded Dichio, Dave Taylor, and Paul Dunne " DeCaire's supervisor at the time " information about the EEO complaint filed by DeCaire. Id. ¶¶ 44, 45. On February 14, 2003, DeCaire was granted a "Notice of Right to File a Discrimination Complaint." Id. ¶ 46. On May 11, 2003, Supervisory Deputy Jeff Bohn was removed from his position as head of the HIDTA Task Force. Id. ¶ 49.

DeCaire remained assigned to the Boston Court Operations despite the arrival of three new 082s from the academy. Id. ¶ 50. Deputy Marshal Kimball, who had less seniority than did DeCaire, was transferred from Court Operations to the Warrant Investigations Unit in mid-March of 2003. Id. ¶ 51. About this time, Acting Chief Dimmitt removed Assistant Chief Durette from an office space into an administrative cubicle. Id. ¶ 52. The following month, the Acting Supervisory Deputy position left vacant by Walter Doherty's departure "was not announced for competitive selection." Id. ¶ 53.

Durette left the Marshal's Service in April of 2003. At about this time, DeCaire indicated her interest in the Acting Supervisor Court Operations position, for which Dimmitt had sought out a female deputy. Id. ¶¶ 54-56. Deputy Marshal Alison *247 Hodgkins was chosen to fill the position. Id. ¶ 58. Other changes were made in the Marshal's Service at this time: Paul Sugrue was assigned to the Warrant Coordinator position, David Taylor ("Taylor") was assigned to be the Acting Assistant Chief Deputy Marshal, and William Fallon was assigned to be the Chief Deputy United States Marshal. Id. ¶¶ 58-59. De-Caire asked to be considered for the Court Operation supervisor position in August of 2003, and "noted that it had been 120 days since her prior request." Id. ¶ 61. Though "[a]cting Supervisory Deputy Marshal positions that are not announced for competitive selection are designated not to exceed 120 days . . . Deputy Marshal [Allison] Hodgkins was permitted to remain in the Acting Supervisory position for more than 120 days." Id. ¶¶ 62-63. Taylor sought out a female Deputy Marshal to fill the position sought by DeCaire. Another female, Annette Lawlor, indicated she had no interest in the position. Hodgkins remained in the position until the position was eliminated. Id. ¶ 64.

In October 2003, Paul Dunne and Jeff Bohn were assigned as Court Operations Supervisors. Following her marriage to Bohn on October 10, 2003, DeCaire was transferred to Worcester on October 14, 2003. Id. ¶¶ 68-69, 72. There were deputies assigned to the Warrant Investigations Unit who were junior to DeCaire. Id. ¶ 70. A specific example is Deputy Marshal Kevin Donahue, who was assigned as Warrant Coordinator despite the fact that DeCaire had more seniority than he did. Id. ¶¶ 66-67. Bohn did not oversee the Warrant Investigations Unit. Id. ¶ 71. When she inquired as to the nature of the Worcester transfer, Bezanson told her it "was what she made of it". Id. ¶ 73 (internal quotation and alteration marks omitted).

DeCaire, from October 21 to November 12, 2003, took part in a merit promotion announcement. Id. ¶ 75. On October 28, 2003, Bezanson informed Chief Fallon that DeCaire was four months pregnant and, as a result, requesting light duty status. Id. ¶ 74. For two weeks thereafter, DeCaire worked in Worcester and her responsibilities included service of process, warrant investigation, and administrative duties. Id. ¶ 76. Bezanson informed DeCaire that he would "try to find work for her in Worcester so that she would not end up in the Boston control room." Id. On November 14, 2003, DeCaire was told that her light duty would include work in Worcester on Mondays and Fridays, in the Boston control room on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Springfield on Wednesdays. Id. ¶ 77. DeCaire objected to the assignment, and also raised the issue of "possible side effects the electronic[] equipment may have on a developing baby," but reported for duty when told she would have to go out on sick leave if she did not wish to complete the duties. Id. ¶¶ 77-78. Thereafter, the Springfield assignment was removed, and DeCaire was to report to Boston Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Id. 78. Deputy Bohn, who supervised the control room at this time and who filed an OSHA complaint as to the control room, was removed from his position on that day. Id. ¶¶ 79-81. Supervisory Deputy Marshal Dunne asked DeCaire what other work she was capable of doing, and when she described the functions she performed during her first maternity leave he indicated he would attempt to allow her to serve process. Id. ¶ 82. DeCaire, however, remained in the control room.

In mid-January 2004, several changes took place in the Marshals' Service, including the selection of Taylor as Permanent Assistant Chief Deputy Marshal, Allison Hodgkins's promotion to supervisory status in Court Operations, and Paul Dunne's assignment to Supervisory Deputy of Warrants. Id. ¶ 83. DeCaire was informed *248 that she would continue to serve her light duty in Boston until told otherwise. Id. ¶ 84. In late January of 2004, DeCaire applied to be considered for the Department of Justice Worklife program so that she could serve in Worcester during the remainder of her pregnancy. Id. ¶ 85. This request was denied in late February. Id.

The parties stipulate that "[s]ince August 2002, Deputy Marshal DeCaire is the only deputy whose assigned duty station has moved so many times." Id. ¶ 86. On July 20, 2004 the assignment policy was amended to provide that "assignments, including the Worcester HIDTA assignment, will be evaluated in six months with the possibility of a rotation at that time." Id. ¶ 87. Even with such possibility for rotation, Deputy Lewis continues to serve in the Worcester HIDTA position " a position he has held since September 2002 " and Paul Sugrue continues to serve as Warrant Coordinator " a position he has held since April 2003. Id. ¶¶ 88-89.

B. Findings of Fact Made by the Court

This case is extraordinarily fact-intensive, the Court's ultimate decision resting on nuanced inferences derived from facts in turn drawn from vigorously disputed evidence. Without indicating any reservation concerning the ultimate result (given the fair preponderance of the evidence standard), this is a close case.

At the outset, the Court makes certain credibility findings that color the factual recitation that follows:

" DeCaire is an exemplary Deputy United States Marshal with a spotless record and, at the time of the trial, thirteen years experience in the District of Massachusetts. The Court finds her credible in virtually every respect (although it does not draw all her inferences from certain of her experiences).
" In contrast, the credibility of Dichio, the former United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, is extremely suspect.
" The Court does not accept as credible the entirety of the testimony of Detective Joseph Cummings.
" The Court finds credible the entirety of the testimony of former United States Marshal Nancy McGillveray.

The Court's ultimate findings are best understood as a timeline, interpolating the facts already agreed upon with those found by the Court.

June 1991-             DeCaire is hired as a Criminal
September 2002         Investigator Deputy United States
Marshall assigned to District of
Massachusetts. Boston, MA
1996-1998 DeCaire serves as a Senior Investigator
in the FBI Violent Fugitive
Task Force. Boston, MA
1999-2001 DeCaire serves as a Permanent
Warrant Investigations. Boston,
June 2001 DeCaire serves as an Acting Supervisor
in Worcester, MA, for which
she receives a Superior Accomplishment
September 2001 DeCaire serves in the Warrants
Investigation Unit, in Boston, MA,
as one of two Team Leaders.
August 2002 Anthony Dichio is sworn in as U.S.
Marshal for the District of Massachusetts.
Dichio arrives under
something of a cloud, criticized in
the press for his lack of executive
experience (though he is experienced
in executive security) and
well aware that the judges of this
District had written the President
and requested the retention of the
former United States Marshal.
Even before his arrival, Dichio was
reaching out to deputies in this District
to gauge their level of personal
support for him.
August 2002 Once installed as Marshal, Dichio
promptly undertakes a personnel
review of his deputies as this, he
believes, is one way quickly to
demonstrate his authority over the
office. Over the objection of Chief
Deputy Marshal Timothy Bane,
Dichio reassigns Deputy Stephen
McKearney from Worcester to
Boston. A one-on-one interview
(what the Government calls a "conversation"),
takes place between
Dichio and DeCaire. During this
interview, Dichio asks DeCaire
about her marital and parental status,
inquiring as to "why she did
not want to work in Worcester and
be closer to her daughter" and indicating
"that her first priority should
be being close to home in case her
daughter needed her." DeCaire
was then a single mother living in
Westborough with Jeff Bohn, the
Supervisory Deputy of HIDTA.
Soon after An Investigative Position on interview HIDTA opens up in Worcester,
MA. DeCaire emails Dichio her
qualifications and interest in the position.
Williams, another female
deputy, with more experience and
then serving in Worcester, also
wants to be considered. Mark
Lewis, a less senior deputy with no
investigative experience is the third
applicant. Although Dichio does
not know Lewis personally, Dichio's
wife is a friend of the Lewis
Family. Before making the
appointment, Dichio seeks Bane's
advice. See, e.g., Tr. of 6/15/05 at
[End Page 97:14-17 (noting that he discussed]
Lewis's assignment to Worcester
with Tim Bane just prior to the
assignment) (Testimony of Marshal
Anthony Dichio). Dichio properly
has ruled out DeCaire as Bohn
would be then be the supervisor of
a deputy with whom he had a personal
relationship. Bane, once
burned by being overridden with
respect to the McKearney transfer,
makes no demur when Dichio expresses
a preference for Lewis, the
least experienced deputy. Lewis is
selected,[3] an appointment that rankles
Bohn and many deputies on
HIDTA and throughout the Marshal's
September 3, 2003 DeCaire sends an email to her
then-supervisor, Bane, with a copy
to Dichio, and asserts that "the
office" is taking a "sexist" view in
refusing to permit her to take the
investigative position in Worcester.
Following the Dichio calls DeCaire into his office, incident expresses anger that others in the
office are questioning his decision
to appoint Lewis and blames
DeCaire for the opposition in the
office. He then says that he is
going to transfer DeCaire to the
non-investigative position in
Worcester, opened up by bringing
McKearney back to Boston.
September 30, 2002 DeCaire is assigned to full-time to January 25, 2003 non-investigative position in
Worcester. Dichio initially transfers
DeCaire not to punish her (that
motivation comes later) but due to
stereotypical views regarding gender
roles and child rearing. In
short, DeCaire's initial transfer is
due to gender bias. As DeCaire acknowledges,
due to her failure timely
to file a complaint with regard to
this initial transfer, Dichio's discriminatory
act against DeCaire
based on her gender may be
considered only as it relates to her
retaliation claim.
January 2003 Due to a shortage of personnel
DeCaire and Williams are assigned
to rotate to Boston to help out.
Only DeCaire and Williams (female
deputies and single parents who
both later filed grievances) are so
assigned for Boston Court Operations.
Out of the four available
deputies, who normally would all
rotate, these two were the only two
assigned despite the usual rotation
of all deputies. The other two are
male employees, one a married parent
and the other with no children.
January 23, 2003 DeCaire and Williams file a complaint
with the Marshal Services'
Labor Relations Office. In that
complaint, DeCaire objects (1.) to
Dichio's questioning her about her
parental status and personal life
during their one-on-one meeting,
(2.) to his decision to transfer a
junior male employee to the investigative
position in Worcester, (3.) to
his decision to transfer her from
her Team Leader position in the
Warrants unit in Boston to the nonleadership,
non-investigative position
in Worcester, and (4.) to the
decision to assign her to the
rotational assignment in Court
Operations in Boston.[4]
January 23, 2003 DeCaire requests a meeting with
and speaks to an EEO counselor
regarding her interview with
Dichio, the transfer from an investigative
to a non-investigative position,
and the rotational assignment
to court operation in Boston.
January 24, 2003 Williams notifies Assistant Chief
Deputy U.S. Marshal Paul Durette
that she and DeCaire are filing a
grievance and an EEO complaint
regarding the treatment they received
from Dichio and Bezanson.
Durette told Dichio of such filings
and complaints that same day
advising him to approve Williams'
request to attend the conference,
stating that "that will take care of
one of them."
On or about After Durette spoke with DeCaire January 2003 about her complaint, Dichio speaks
with Durette and makes clear that
he expects loyalty from Durette
and needs Durette to `back' him.
Durette indicates he would simply
tell the truth. Shortly thereafter
Durette is removed from the chain
of command, because Dichio concludes
Durette cannot be trusted.
January 28, 2003 Dichio and David Taylor travel to
the Worcester sub-office and has a
meeting with Bezanson telling him
no longer to rotate DeCaire and
Williams. Instead, DeCaire is to be
assigned to Boston operations.
Shortly thereafter Williams drops her complaint and,
at a later date, leaves the Marshals'
On or about DeCaire is informed that she is being February 3, 2003 transferred to Court Operations
in Boston. She is notified through
a district-wide email, indicating that
despite her tenure of more than 11
years and the fact that other junior
deputies living closer to Boston existed,
she would be filling the position
vacated by a series 082 Deputy,
in other words an entry-level position
below the 1811 criminal investigator
position she held.
DeCaire's new supervisor is unaware
of her transfer, and DeCaire
is told, contrary to customary
practice, to leave the government
vehicle she had been assigned in
Worcester and make her own way
home on February 3 and her own
way to Boston on February 4.
Week of February Dichio encounters Brockton Police 24, 2003 Detective Joseph Cummings
("Cummings"), a member of the
HIDTA force. Cummings, who
then considered himself a friend
and supporter of Dichio's, inquires
about Bohn and the future of the
HIDTA task force. Dichio gives an
equivocal answer.
March 17, 2003 An opening occurs in the Boston
Warrants unit. Dichio knows that
DeCaire is interested in the position.
Deputy U.S. Marshall Scott
Kimball is assigned from court
operations to Warrants. Though
senior to Kimball, DeCaire remains
in court operations.
March 17, 2003 Acting Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal
Dimmitt (replacing Bane, who has
left) holds a meeting with new
entry-level marshals, or 082's. He
warns the deputy U.S. Marshals
not to take on the U.S. Marshals'
April 21, 2003 DeCaire finds out that Supervisory
Deputy Marshal Walter Doherty is
leaving his Court Operations Supervisor
position. Usually, notice is
given regarding the opening of a
position but none is given here.
Nevertheless, DeCaire expresses
interest to Dichio and Dimmitt.
Neither responds to her email or
discusses the open position with
April 23, 2003 DeCaire follows up to her email and
again emails Dichio and Dimmitt,
asking them to consider her for the
position of Warrant Coordinator if
such position becomes available.
DeCaire received no response to
her request. Nor does she ever
receive information as to why she
was not chosen.
April 28, 2003 Deputy Marshal Sugrue, who had
not indicated an interest in the position,
is assigned to the Warrants
Coordinator position.
August 21, 2003 By email, DeCaire indicates her
interest in the position of Acting
Supervisor of Court Operations to
Assistant Chief David Taylor.
Taylor tells her he will forward her
request, but never receives any
September 23, 2003 Another female deputy, Alison
Hodgkins, who had never expressed
interest in the position is approached
and asked to fill the position
of Acting Supervisor of Court
September 29, 2003 Deputy United States Marshal or October 2003 Kevin Donahue is assigned to the
Warrant Coordinator position,
despite the fact he had not indicated
October 14, 2003 Marshals' Service management in
the learns that DeCaire has married
Bohn. DeCaire is immediately
transferred to the Worcester office,
and told to report there within
A few days after DeCaire, now pregnant, was November 14, 2003 warned further that her limited
duty status could be revoked.
November 20, 2003 DeCaire, despite being pregnant, is
assigned to the control room in the
Federal Courthouse in Boston.
She complains that the room is
"overly heated" "with limited bathroom
breaks." During the time
that DeCaire continues to be assigned
to the control room, another
male Deputy United States Marshal
is permitted to continue working in
Worcester while on limited duty.
March 26, 2004 DeCaire filed her complaint in the
United States District Court.


A. Gender Discrimination.

Section 2000e-16 provides, in pertinent part:

(a) Discriminatory practices prohibited; employees or applicants for employment subject to coverage.
All personnel actions affecting employees or applicants for employment . . . in executive agencies . . . shall be made free from any discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

42 U.S.C. § 2000e-16, Pub.L. 88-352. (1998) (emphasis added).

In a gender discrimination case, this Court must analyze the facts in light of the burden-shifting framework articulated in the Supreme Court's seminal decision in McDonnell Douglas v. Green, 411 U.S. 792, 93 S.Ct. 1817, 36 L.Ed.2d 668 (1973). DeCaire must establish a presumption case of gender discrimination by demonstrating: (1.) that she is a member of a protected class, (2.) that an adverse employment decision was taken against her, (3.) that she was otherwise qualified for such position, and (4.) a similarly situated male was treated differently. Id. at 802, 93 S.Ct. 1817.

The burden of going forward then shifts to the Government to rebut the presumption of discrimination by articulating a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for the adverse employment action. Id.; Feliciano de la Cruz v. El Conquistador Resort, 218 F.3d 1, 5 (1st Cir.2000).

Should the Government do so:

the presumption of discrimination drops out of the picture, the McDonnell Douglas framework with its presumptions and burdens disappears, and the sole remaining issue is of discrimination vel non. . . . Thus, the critical inquiry becomes whether the aggregate of evidence of pretext and retaliatory animus suffices to [persuade the fact finder].

Rios v. Rumsfeld, 323 F.Supp.2d 267, 274 (D.P.R.2004). In other words, the presumption of discrimination then "drops from the case." Hidalgo v. Overseas Condado Ins. Agencies, Inc. 120 F.3d 328, 335 (1st Cir.1997) (quoting St. Mary's Honor Ctr. v. Hicks, 509 U.S. 502, 507, 113 S.Ct. 2742, 125 L.Ed.2d 407 (1993)).

1. The Presumption of Gender Discrimination

Here, DeCaire establishes a presumption of gender discrimination. Protected Class: Neither party disputes that De-Caire, as a female, is a member of a protected class.

"Adverse" Employment Action: Whether an employment action is "adverse" is an objective standard and the Government's motive is irrelevant. Marrero v. Goya of Puerto Rico, Inc., 304 F.3d 7, 24 (1st Cir.2002). The First Circuit has stated, in determining what constitutes an "adverse" employment action, that:

the employer must either 1) take something of consequence from the employee, say, by discharging or demoting her, reducing her salary, or divesting her of significant responsibilities, or 2) withhold from the employee an accouterment of the employment responsibility, say, by failing to follow a customary practice of considering her for a promotion after a particular period of service.

Blackie v. Maine, 75 F.3d 716, 725 (1st Cir.1996) (internal citations omitted) (emphasis added). The First Circuit has also stated that "demotions, disadvantageous transfers or assignments, refusals to promote, unwarranted negative job evaluations and toleration of harassment by other *252 employees" are "adverse" actions as well. Gu v. Boston Police Dep't., 312 F.3d 6, 14 (1st Cir.2002).

The Government's action here constituted an "adverse" employment actions. De-Caire's duties were substantially altered, her investigative duties were taken away from her, she was not granted promotions given to others, she was repeatedly transferred, was assigned to a rotation system, and was assigned to what she describes as an oppressive work environment while on light duty in the Boston control room. These actions are sufficient to constitute "adverse employment actions" against De-Caire for the purposes of giving rise to a presumption of discrimination.

Qualifications: It is evident that De-Caire was qualified. DeCaire's exemplary performance has been stipulated repeatedly by all parties.

Treatment of Similarly Situated Males: DeCaire has introduced persuasive evidence to show that less-experienced males were treated differently. For example, in late 2002, Mark Lewis, a less-experienced male was assigned to the HIDTA investigative position in Worcester in which DeCaire was interested. Likewise, in 2003, Deputy U.S. Marshal Scott Kimball, a male with less seniority and with no interest in the position, was assigned to the Boston Warrants position in which De-Caire had expressed interest. Though this alone is insufficient to establish discriminatory or retaliatory animus, these examples suffice to satisfying the fourth prong of the McDonnell Douglas test.

2. The Government's Rebuttal

Once the presumption of discrimination is raised, the burden of going forward shifts to the Government. The Government must articulate a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for its adverse employment action. Feliciano de la Cruz, 218 F.3d at 5. The Government does so here, offering several reasons to demonstrate its transfer and advancement decisions were legitimate and non-discriminatory. It bids the Court consider:

(1) the work to be performed;
(2) seniority;
(3) locality (the proximity of residences to a particular office);
(4) fairness to all Deputy Marshals in promotion opportunities;
(5) assignments comporting with the policy that those in personal relationships not be in superior-subordinate positions;[5]
(6) DeCaire's request for light duty status during her pregnancy and where such light duty positions were available.

This Court rules the Government has produced sufficient evidence to rebut the presumption and warrant finding a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for its actions.

In short, the Government defends each of its actions with respect to DeCaire as neutral, on-the-merits administrative choices. The evidence it has produced is here sufficient to rebut any presumption of discrimination which, like the bursting babble, now vanishes from the case. Fed. R.Evid. 302.

3. Proving Gender Discrimination

The burden to demonstrate discrimination rests on the the plaintiff. Provencher v. CVS Pharmacy, Div. of Melville Corp., 145 F.3d 5, 10 (1st Cir.1998). Direct evidence, however, is not required to demonstrate discrimination; circumstantial evidence may be used. Washington v. *253 Davis, 426 U.S. 229, 96 S.Ct. 2040, 48 L.Ed.2d 597 (1976). Once the fact-finder believes that prohibited discrimination played some role in the adverse employment action, the burden of persuasion shifts to the defendant to convince the fact finder that the outcome would be the same even without the prohibited discriminatory motive. Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228, 240-245, 109 S.Ct. 1775, 104 L.Ed.2d 268 (1989) And here again, circumstantial evidence of prohibited discriminatory motive may inform the fact finder. Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa, 539 U.S. 90, 92, 123 S.Ct. 2148, 156 L.Ed.2d 84 (2003) (holding that "direct evidence is not required" in a mixed-motive case under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964).

DeCaire has offered evidence that establishes that the Government's proffered explanations for its behavior are largely pretext. Yet DeCaire must do more than simply "undermine the veracity of the employer's proffered justification; instead, she must muster proof that enables a factfinder rationally to conclude that the stated reason behind the adverse employment decision is not only a sham, but a sham intended to cover up the proscribed type of discrimination." Szabo v. Trustees of Boston Univ., 181 F.3d 80, 1998 WL 1085688, at *3 (1st Cir.1998) (unpublished opinion)[6] (quoting Dichner v. Liberty Travel, 141 F.3d 24, 30 (1st Cir. 1998)). DeCaire must submit evidence, direct or circumstantial, to demonstrate "evidence of discriminatory animus on the part of the employer." Szabo, 1998 WL 1085688 at *3 (quoting Hidalgo, 120 F.3d at 335, and LeBlanc v. Great Am. Ins. Co., 6 F.3d 836, 843 (1st Cir.1993)).

4. Gender Discrimination " Applying the Law to the Facts

Here, there is convincing evidence of gender discrimination sufficient to make this a mixed motive case. Cf. Szabo, 1998 WL 1085688 at *3. Again, this Court finds that Dichio's decision following his initial, personal meeting with DeCaire to transfer her to a non-investigatory position in Worcester while transferring McKearney, a male, to her position, see Joint Statement of Facts ¶ 24, was gender discrimination pure and simple, the result of stereotypical male views of gender roles. As even DeCaire acknowledges, however, given the delay in filing her claim on this action, this evidence cannot be used as part of DeCaire's gender discrimination claim; rather, it may only be used to establish retaliatory intent. Tr. of 6/2/05 at 13:4-12 (arguing "we can't win on that as a gender [discrimination] case, but we can certainly use that gender discrimination for the retaliation claim."). The remainder of evidence offered by DeCaire to establish a finding of gender discrimination is unavailing.

This Court is not convinced, based on the evidence before, it that the decision to appoint Mark Lewis to the HIDTA task force position " though both DeCaire and Williams were interested in the HIDTA position " was made with any discriminatory intent. It is true that, as Durette testified, DeCaire and Williams were "head and shoulders" above Lewis in terms of experience and qualifications for the HIDTA task force position. Tr. of 6/14/05 at 15:14-18. This conclusion is reinforced by the professional deputies' general discontent with the appointment. Joint Statement of Facts ¶ 22.

*254 This Court does not find, however, that Lewis was assigned to the position over DeCaire and Williams because he was male. Rather, this Court believes that Dichio's decision was motivated by personal reasons. The Dichios and Lewises were acquaintances. Tr. of 6/15/05 at 38:25-39:11; Tr. of 6/16/05 at 98:23-99:9. This Court believes that Dichio, working in an environment of unknowns, appointed someone with whom he had a personal relationship and someone he could, at some level, trust. Whatever the propriety, or impropriety, of such a decision, this type of nepotism or favoritism does not amount to gender discrimination.

Parenthetically, the Court notes that the evidence concerning Alison Hodgkins ("Hodgkins"), another female deputy in the District of Massachusetts, does not persuasively advance DeCaire's claim in any way. True, Hodgkins was promoted and given the "opportunity" to advance. See, e.g., Tr. of 6/2/05 at 76:11-12. The record shows that Hodgkins had a stellar record, and that her test scores were higher than DeCaire's. Tr. at 39:24 (noting Hodgkins score of 30). See generally Tr. of 6/14/05 at 38:14-45:6 (demonstrating De-Caire's score of 24 was less than Hodgkins). Hodgkins' advancement substantiates a neutral policy of promoting those with high scores and the best qualifications. DeCaire fails to demonstrate that gender played any role in her situation vis a vis Hodgkins.

Other incidents discussed below both in this section and the section on retaliation, however, resonate with the Court and demonstrate a compelling picture of discrimination. At the same time; as United States Marshal, Dichio possessed the discretionary prerogatives of management and it is no part of the function of this Court to evaluate Dichio's management decisions, Sampson v. Murray, 415 U.S. 61, 83, 94 S.Ct. 937, 39 L.Ed.2d 166 (1974) (articulating the "well-established rule that the Government has traditionally been granted the widest latitude in the dispatch of its own internal affairs"), so long as they are lawful.

DeCaire argues that only she and Williams were required to rotate and that they were unfairly transferred, Tr. of 6/2/05 at 86:9-14 (stating that Williams was required to "swap" out even though she was not the most junior in the Worcester office). While the rotation of only female deputies gives this Court reason to pause, Dichio had the rightful managerial discretion to assign the two deputies into Boston court operations, even though they may not have been the most junior deputies in Worcester, since Dichio believed the office was "shorthanded" in Boston. Tr. of 6/16/05 at 3:17. As to DeCaire, however, there was more by the time of the rotational assignment, Dichio was embattled and defensive about the Lewis appointment to HIDTA, an appointment criticized not only by DeCaire but by Bohn, a supervisor Dichio took as disloyal and hostile to his management. Dichio's reciprocal hostility to Bohn (and to anyone close to him), and soon to Durette, was the principal driver behind Dichio's subsequent management decisions. Moreover, that hostility was tacitly communicated to the rank and file. Once it was perceived that Dichio acted from personal pique, the bureaucracy under his control acted just as such bureaucracies have acted for centuries. Recognizing that the way to advancement was through Dichio, some sought to advance his apparent agenda even without orders (one thinks immediately of the knights of Henry II who murdered Becket), most kept their heads down. Those thought of as Dichio's opponents (whatever their gender) were going nowhere under his tenure.

*255 Dichio's appointment of DeCaire to the Boston 082 Court Operations position, Joint Statement of Facts ¶¶ 38, 39, 41, was likewise driven primarily by the need to marginalize Dichio's opponents. Joint Statement of Facts ¶¶ 38, 39,. 41. It may be true that "[a]t the time of this reassignment, there were deputies with less seniority than Deputy Marshal DeCaire assigned to the Worcester office, and to Warrant Investigations Unit in Boston." Id. ¶ 40, but this is not enough to prove gender discrimination.

B. Retaliation

1. The Law

Section 2000e-16 provides, in pertinent part:

(a) Discriminatory practices prohibited; employees or applicants for employment subject to coverage.
All personnel actions affecting employees or applicants for employment . . . in executive agencies . . . shall be made free from any discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

42 U.S.C. § 2000e-16, Pub.L. 88-352. (1998) (emphasis added). Section 2000e-3 provides, in pertinent part:

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate against any of his employees . . . because he has opposed any practice made an unlawful employment practice by this subchapter[, here § 2000e-16,] or because he has made a charge, testified, assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this subchapter.

42 U.S.C. § 2000e-3, Pub.L. 88-352. (1972) (emphasis added). The law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who formally oppose potential unlawful employment practices.

Under Title VII, in order to show a prima facie claim of retaliation the plaintiff must show: [f]irst, protected participation or opposition under Title VII known by the alleged retaliator; second, an employment action or actions disadvantaging persons engaged in protected activities; and third, a causal connection between the first two elements that is a retaliatory motive playing a part in the adverse employment actions.

Petitti v. New England Tel. & Tel. Co., 909 F.2d 28, 32 (1st Cir.1990) (citations omitted). See also Randlett v. Shalala, 118 F.3d 857, 862 (1st Cir.1997) (quoting Fennell v. First Step Designs, Ltd., 83 F.3d 526, 535 (1st Cir.1996) (holding a "colorable showing" of the "causal connection" must be made)).

The first two factors required to establish a retaliation claim are easily met in this case. DeCaire filed a formal grievance and complaint against the Marshals Service, a matter well known to her superiors. Further, as described above in the discussion of the gender discrimination claim, there were sufficient "employment actions" disadvantaging DeCaire following her filing of her complaint " namely, the transfer to Boston court operations, the transfer back to Worcester due to Bohn's subsequent supervisory role, and the light duty assignment to the Boston control room.[7] Further, DeCaire argues that she was passed over for advancement opportunities for which she was qualified and which were given to deputies with less experience. Pl.'s Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law at 58-59. [Doc. No. 75].

*256 DeCaire must demonstrate the "existence of a causal connection between her filing [of] the . . . EEO complaints and the subsequent [action.]" DeNovellis v. Shalala, 135 F.3d 58, 65 (1st Cir.1998) (deciding an appeal of a ruling on a motion for preliminary injunction) (emphasis added); Randlett v.Shalala, 118 F.3d at 857, 862 (1st Cir.1997) ("To make out a retaliation claim requires not only an adverse employment action and previously protected conduct, but also a colorable showing that `a causal connection existed between the protected conduct and the adverse action.'" (quoting Fennell 83 F.3d at 535) (emphasis added)). "In other words, the adverse action must have been taken for the purpose of retaliating" and "a plaintiff must point to some evidence of retaliation by a pertinent decision maker." Randlett, 118 F.3d at 862 (articulating the requirement in the summary judgment context) (emphasis added).

Direct evidence of retaliation "normally contemplates . . . those statements by a decision maker that directly reflect the alleged animus and bear squarely on the contested employment action." Melendez-Arroyo v. Cutler-Hammer de P.R. Co., 273 F.3d 30, 35 (1st Cir.2001) (emphasis added). The First Circuit has stated that "[c]omments which, fairly read, demonstrate that a decision maker made, or intended to make, employment decisions based on forbidden criteria constitute direct evidence of discrimination." Febres v. Challenger Caribbean Corp., 214 F.3d 57, 61 (1st Cir.2000).

2. Applying the Law to the Facts

a. Dimmitt's Statement

After Bane left as Chief Deputy and the divisiveness within the Office became ever more apparent, Acting Chief Deputy Dimmit was sent to Boston to attempt to shore up Dichio's declining respect and authority. Dimmitt held a meeting with the new entry-level Marshals, or 082's, and warned them "not to mess with" or "not to take on the U.S. Marshals Service." Tr. of 6/2/05 at 73:23-74:3 (testimony of DeCaire) (emphasis added). See Tr. of 6/13/05 at 9:25-10:2 (testimony of Dimmitt); while Dimmitt's statement may have been a "warning" of sorts as to expected allegiances to the Marshal within the Marshals' Service, this Court finds that Dimmitt was not warning deputies that they would face retaliatory action if they filed complaints,[8] nor was he indicating that the Marshals' Service was retaliating against DeCaire because she had filed a complaint. Even in light of Dichio's and the Marshals Service's expectations of "loyalty," and even considering the stunning and puerile marginalization of burette after he had stated he would "tell the truth," there is insufficient persuasive evidence to demonstrate that Dichio directed senior management to conduct themselves, or treat DeCaire, in a discriminatory manner or to retaliate against her for the filing of her complaint. The conduct of supervisors toward DeCaire had more to do with trying to please Dichio than any other cause.

b. Transfer to Boston Court Operations

DeCaire was transferred to Boston court operations following the filing of her complaint. Joint Statement of Facts ¶ 50. The Court does not find this transfer to have been in retaliation for filing her complaint. Rather, Dichio simply chose to bear down on DeCaire because he considered *257 her disloyal and hostile to his management decision, and he could.

c. Transfer to Boston Control Room

The most persuasive of the alleged retaliatory adverse employment actions is DeCaire's light duty assignment to the oppressive Boston control room. Tr. of 6/2/05 at 96:4-8 ("It was excessively hot in the control room, and it was excessively hot because they had put a bunch of new equipment into that room and they had never updated the air system and air-conditioning system and the ventilation to deal with all the new equipment that they put in.") (Testimony of Cynthia DeCaire); id. at 99:17 (stating the temperature of the room was "usually above 85 degrees."); id. at 123:11-12 (indicating she "wasn't allowed to go to the bathroom and leave the control room"); Tr. of 6/3/05 at 54:8-10 ("[T] he control room was very hot on a [steady] basis and it was noisy, and there was a large amount of electronic equipment in there . . .") (testimony of Jeff Bohn). DeCaire received this assignment while a male was allowed to continue on limited duty in Worcester in a less oppressive environment.

Still DeCaire must offer more than "[m]ere conjecture and unsupported allegations" as these alone "will not suffice" in demonstrating retaliation. DeNovellis, 135 F.3d at 65 (requiring that a plaintiff "demonstrate the existence of specific facts that would enable a finding that would enable a finding that explanatory reasons offered by the [G]overnment for her proposed transfer were mere pretext for its true motive of retaliation against her.").

DeCaire called former Marshal McGillivray as a witness at trial.[9] McGillivray helped write the pregnancy policy currently in place during her time as Marshal. Tr. of 6/3/05 at 9:24-10:1. McGillivray testified to the type of work that could be done by a pregnant deputy:

A deputy can work any task. They can work out on the street. They can work operational issues. They can work witness protection. They can work judicial protection. They can work with prisoners. They can work any task. But there does come a point when you are obviously showing and you're obviously in a position where it's probably best not to be on the street for, because of your condition. But at the same time, it does not preclude you from doing all operational functions in-house, which you could also do independent investigations, drive-by, looking at houses, looking at locations, things that do not involve confrontation on a daily basis. So, in-house you certainly could do witness protection, seized assets, research, judicial security, you could perform a myriad of operational duties.

Id. at 10:14-11:3. McGillivray testified that during her tenure, she attempted to maximize the talents of each of her deputies, even when they were on light duty or had a medical problem. Id. at 11:12-13, 21:9-10.

Here, the retaliatory action must have been taken for the "purpose of" retaliation. As the First Circuit has stated, "[e]ven if the evidence is read to suggest a degree of personal animosity . . . personal animosity may have many origins other than a desire to retaliate" for the filing of a complaint. DeNovellis, 135 F.3d at 66 (emphasis added). Realistically, there were certain animosities and loyalties at play here " particularly given Bohn's history and contemporaneous predicament with the Marshals' Service, DeCaire's personal *258 relationship and alliance with Bohn, and her displeasure with her assignments and being passed over after Dichio's arrival. While the evidence supports the existence of loyalties within the service; it does not support a claim of retaliation for filing a complaint.

Though, the difference may be slight, it is not one only of semantics. There is a fine line between showing a causal connection demonstrating retaliation for the filing of a formal complaint on the one hand, and, a requirement of loyalty to Dichio and the Marshals' Service on the other. See Hochstadt v. Worcester Found. for Experimental Biology, 425 F.Supp. 318, 324 (D.Mass.1976) (Murray, J.), ("An employer remains entitled to loyalty and cooperativeness from employees. Management prerogatives are to be left undisturbed to the greatest extent possible. Internal affairs of employers must not be interfered with except to the limited extent that correction is required in discrimination practices.") (internal alterations omitted) aff'd 545 F.2d 222 (1st Cir.1976).

Here, it was DeCaire who requested light duty. Further, she did have restrictions placed on her " namely, she could not carry a firearm, which limited the duties she could perform. Tr. of 6/2/05 at 125:8-126:7 (indicating she was also restricted in the amount of weight she could carry). However or questionable the assignment of a pregnant woman to this type of setting may seem to a rational observer, the Government has "met its burden of articulating a legitimate, non-retaliatory reason" for the action: the assignment was within the range of light duty activities and saved the Government from having to-hire external security guards to cover the post. Fennell, 83 F.3d at 536. Though De-Caire's light duty tasks may have been in an environment more oppressive than others, and while one may question on a personal level the wisdom of placing a pregnant woman in such a setting, this Court rules that the whatever the reason for the assignment " the need for additional workforce in the Boston control room to obviate the need to hire outside help, the supervisors' general sense of loyalty to the Marshal, or even Dichio's general dislike of DeCaire personally due to her relationship with Bohn " the transfer was not made to retaliate against DeCaire for filing of a formal complaint.

This Court respects and appreciates former Marshal McGillivray's testimony, particularly her personal experience of "working operation[s] until the day before [she] delivered with both [her] children," Tr. of 6/13/05 at 21:11-12, and that she would have "maximize[d] . . . talents in the use of the deputy" because the Marshals' Service is "manpower short." Id. at 21:9-10. As the Court stated during the course of trial, however:

[McGillivray] was not Marshal [at the time DeCaire was assigned to the control room]. And it would seem to me there's prerogatives in the management staff of the Marshals Service. So, [as to] her assessment of Alison Hodgkins' qualifications, we're not going to have this trial involve management decisions with one Marshal and then other management decisions by another Marshal. The Marshals get to manage their offices.

Id. at 16:17-24 (ruling that McGillivray could not testify as to Hodgkins's qualifications for a supervisory position)(emphasis supplied).

d. Temporal Proximity

"[W]here direct evidence is missing, temporal proximity may provide the necessary nexus" in a retaliation claim. Ruffino v. State St. Bank & Trust, Co., 908 F.Supp. 1019, 1046 (D.Mass.1995) (Gertner, J.) (finding a "temporal connection *259 sufficient to raise an inference of retaliatory motive" when the "adverse actions taken against [a plaintiff] . . . escalated sharply during and immediately following [her] decision to press her complaints") (emphasis added). It is true that fox more than eleven years before Dichio's advent, De-Caire had demonstrated exemplary and outstanding service. Tr. 8:45. It is also true that as of September of 2003, DeCaire was transferred more than any other deputy. Joint Statement of Facts ¶ 86. See Tr. of 6/2/05 at 85:24-86:5 (testimony of Cynthia DeCaire); Tr. of 6/30/05 at 14:9-14, 15:1-18 (testimony of Nancy McGillivray). Yet, while some of the transfers occurred after DeCaire filed her complaint, several of them " including the initial transfer to a non-investigatory position in Worcester " took place before she filed her formal complaint. Additionally, other factors played a role in her many transfers, including but not limited to the Marshal's need to avoid the potential conflict arising out of her personal relationship with Bohn[10] and the service's attempt to accommodate her request for light duty. The timing of adverse actions had, it seems, little or anything to do with her filing of her complaint, and more to do with Dichio's arrival as Marshal of the District of Massachusetts.

DeCaire has not established that the filing of a complaint was the dominant motive for the alleged retaliatory actions. See Tr. of 6/2/05 at 13:25-14:5. Nor has it been established that "but for" the filing, the discriminatory actions would not have taken place. See Tr. of 6/2/05 at 14:4-5 ("I think that the but for reason has to be the filing of the complaint.") (Opening Argument of DeCaire)


A. An Analytic Conundrum

Though this Court rules that the Government here has not directly violated federal law on the merits, its practices, as illustrated by this case, are incontrovertibly not above reproach.

As fact-finder in this jury waived case, I have an absolute, non-delegable duty to tell it like it is. I have done so. I find that, after the initial transfer to Worcester, while DeCaire continued to be the victim of discrimination at Dichio's hands, the discrimination was then born out of personal hostility not gender bias or a need to retaliate. I find these later events would have come out much the same had De-Caire been a male deputy.

I recognize full well that in so finding, I may be painting myself into an analytic corner. This is not the first time that, as fact-finder, I have arrived at conclusions in an employment discrimination case at variance with those sought by both adverse parties. See Benham v. Lenox Savings Bank, 292 F.3d 46, 48 (1st Cir.2002) (this Court reversed for clear error for rejecting a gender discrimination claim because no sufficient evidence to find alternative explanation that bank president "wanted to make an example of her, to demonstrate his power as president of the Lenox Savings Bank"). I have always been curious as to the reasoning in Benham since, while the First Circuit's conclusion that there was no sufficient evidence to warrant this Court's affirmative reasoning must necessarily be accepted, at the least it seems implicit, if nothing more, that this Court as fact-finder was not persuaded that Benham *260 had established gender discrimination, an issue on which she bore the burden of proof.

So here. Only this time I have made the finding explicit and recited the grounds for concluding that Dichio Was primarily motivated by personal hostility. Unlike Benham, however, this is a mixed motive case in which Dichio's gender bias was present to some degree. Therefore, it is the Government, under Price Waterhouse, that bears the burden of proving that Dichio and his subordinates would have behaved the same way even absent Dichio's gender stereotyping. What is more, the Government has failed to persuade the Court that its actions were neutral, on-the-merits decisions. Does this compel a verdict for DeCaire? This Court thinks not, finding that the conduct, however discriminatory and reprehensible, was not the result of prohibited gender discrimination.

B. Professionalism

In 1874 the Cardwell reforms banned the purchase of commissions in the British Army. Richard Holmes ed., Oxford Companion to Military History 176 (2001). Imagine that. The parents of men and women now living could remember when command of British combat troops could be purchased by the highest gentleman bidder. It brings to mind the sacrifice of the 24th Foot (South Wales Borders) at Islandlwana and, years before, the Charge of the Light Brigade where the French general Bosquet famously remarked "C'est magnifique, nais ce n'est pas la querre" " "It is magnificent, but it is not war."

How quaint and unrealistic it all seems to us with our modernist ahistoric view of the world. Surely here in America direct command of law enforcement officers in harm's way could never be entrusted to political patronage appointees. How smug we are " and how wrong.

A vestige of the Jacksonian spoils system, within the United States Marshals' Service the 94 United States Marshals are all direct political patronage appointments. These are not executive department policy making positions; they are vital law enforcement positions. As this case demonstrates so well and so sadly, a strong-willed Marshal can operate on the basis of his personal agenda, blighting careers and driving competent deputies from the service, notwithstanding the best professional efforts of Chief (but subordinate) Deputies such as Bane, Dimmit, and Fallon. Congress has professionalized (and sheltered from political interference) most federal law enforcement agencies " the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms come to mind. Until Congress does the same for the Marshals' Service, it will always be considered a second rate political agency in the eyes of the true professionals. Doubt it? Consider the outcry that would follow should the Special Agent in Charge of every FBI Field Office revert to a political patronage appointment. Yet that is status quo within the Marshals' Service. As Justice Breyer remarked recently in another context, "The ball now lies in Congress' court." United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220, 265, 125 S.Ct. 738, 160 L.Ed.2d 621 (2005). Will this shameful episode put the ball in play? It should.

In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example . . . If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law.
Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 485, 48 S.Ct. 564, 72 L.Ed. 944 (1928). (Brandeis, J., dissenting).


For the reasons set forth above and having carefully considered the record in its entirety, this Court rules in favor of the Government on the gender discrimination and retaliation claims. Judgment will enter for the Government.



[1] Dichio filed a motion to intervene on June 1, 2005. At several sidebar conferences, this Court explained to counsel for the Government that counsel representing Dichio in his individual capacity was to be invited to appear should he so desire, including during closing arguments. Tr. of 6/2/05 at 3:18-23, 6:2-16; Tr. of 6/14/05 at 137:14-21. Counsel did not appear.

[2] Given that DeCaire elected to proceed jury-waived, counsel agreed to conduct this bench trial around the Court's jury trial schedule. Actual trial days were June 2-3, 5, 13-16, 2005 [Doc. Nos. 66-72], with closing arguments held on July 27, 2005 [Doc. No. 76].

[3] In fairness to Lewis, however he got the job, he apparently has proved a perfectly satisfactory HIDTA deputy.

[4] Williams objected to her own one-on-one meeting with Dichio because he denied her permission to attend the International Association of Women Police conference and assigned her the rotational Boston court operations assignment. First Am. Compl. at 8.

[5] Here, DeCaire's personal relationship with her now husband, Deputy United States Marshal Jeff Bohn.

[6] For a discussion of the citation to unpublished opinions of the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit, see this Court's opinion in Enwonwu v. Chertoff, 376 F.Supp.2d 42, 76 n. 27 (D.Mass.2005).

[7] Chronologically, in between the two Boston assignments, DeCaire had been transferred to Worcester when Bohn became supervisor of the Boston court operations.

[8] It is in the best interests of the Marshals' Service for employees with grievances to follow the formal protocol for resolution. See Tr. of 6/15/05 at 31:19-21 (testifying that if "there are problems and [employees] need to deal with those problems through the proper channels, there is never a problem with doing that.") (Testimony of William Fallon).

[9] This Court finds the testimony of former United States Marshal Nancy McGillivray credible in its entirety.

[10] This Court recognizes that Taylor, as he testified, admits to committing an "oversight" as Bohn would be DeCaire's supervisor while she was in the control room. Tr. of 6/14/05 at 133:3 (testimony of David Taylor). See id. at 132:24-137:2 (testimony of David Taylor); Tr. of 6/3/05 at 53:23-54:5 (testimony of Jeff Bohn). While this Court finds that Taylor knew that Bohn would be overseeing De-Caire, it rules that this did not play a role or demonstrate an intent to engage in discrimination or retaliation.

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