occupied plaintiff's position and had performed it as plaintiff was performing it.
Plaintiff's claim that he suffered retaliation for filing grievances must also fail because defendant has demonstrated nonretaliatory reasons for its alleged discriminatory actions. See Williams v. Boorstin, 213 U.S. App. D.C. 345, 663 F.2d 109, 116 (D.C. Cir. 1980). Plaintiff claims that his office was moved from the fourth floor to the fifth floor of the Department of Agriculture's South Building from October 1984 to August 1986, making it difficult for him to receive information from the Division and to participate in activities relating to his work with the Small Business Administration. However, uncontroverted testimony established that during this time plaintiff's division lost office space to another agency as a result of a realignment of space, that plaintiff's supervisor made a judgment about which individuals did not routinely have to interact with others within the division, and that, in addition to plaintiff, one black secretary and two white employees were also moved to the fifth floor. As to plaintiff's claim that Robert Wicks encouraged black secretary Patricia Perkins to file a sexual harassment charge against plaintiff, the evidence is inadequate to prove that Wicks was retaliating against plaintiff by advising Perkins of her rights and assuring her that appropriate action could be taken to protect her against any sexual harassment.
Finally, plaintiff has made much of what he perceived as a racial slur in which he took a reference by a white colleague, William L. Davis, to "black dog" as a reference to plaintiff. The incident occurred on October 22, 1987 at an informal conference in the office of Robert J. Svec, plaintiff's then supervisor, in which plaintiff was the only black among the several employees gathered for the meeting. Defendant contends that the plaintiff misunderstood as intended for him what was in fact a reference to a picture of black dog on Svec's desk, which dog was the subject of continuing bantering between Davis and Svec. Defendant has added, however, that on that same day, Davis apologized to the FAS Administrator for the incident, and the Administrator reprimanded Davis. Davis claimed that he attempted unsuccessfully to apologize directly to plaintiff. It was not until three months later that Davis wrote an apology to plaintiff. While the "black dog" incident does evidence an environment of racial insensitivity on the part of some white managers and acute sensitivity on the part of a black employee working in an environment where he is the only black in a meeting, it is nevertheless not actionable here.
Accordingly, an accompanying Order will direct the Clerk of the Court to enter judgment for defendant.
ORDER - July 7, 1989, Filed
For reasons stated in an accompanying Memorandum, it is this 6th day of July, 1989, hereby
ORDERED: that the Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment for defendant.