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US Department of Veterans Affairs $1.8 million retaliation lawsuit

A jury awarded $1.8 million to Gary Wistrom, a former Veterans Affairs administrator in Wisconsin, after finding that his boss reassigned him to a job 110 miles from home to punish him in retaliation for supporting a former colleague’s claims that he was fired because of his race, age and sex.

Wistrom claims that the Director of Veterans Affairs, Kenneth Black, talked about removing old white men from the VA.  A few months later, Black, who is African-American, fired the white supervisor at the Union Grove facility.

The supervisor filed an age and race discrimination complaint with the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, and Wistrom filed an affidavit affirming that he heard Black make the statement about removing old white men from the VA.

Wistrom claims that several days later, he was suddenly reassigned, with no explanation, to a job at the VA office in Madison 110 miles away from his home.  According to Wistrom, Black transferred him in retaliation for Wistrom’s supporting his colleague’s discrimination complaint.

Wistrom quit his job and retired after being unable to endure the long commute to and from work.

Attorney Peter J. Fox represented Wistrom in his lawsuit against the DVA.

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