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Grandison v. Wackenhut Services

November 13, 2008

TRAVIS GRANDISON, PLAINTIFF,
v.
WACKENHUT SERVICES, INC., DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Rosemary M. Collyer United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Travis Grandison worked for Wackenhut Services, Inc. for about thirteen months. During that time Wackenhut disciplined Mr. Grandison ten times for violating workplace rules, the last of which prompted Wackenhut to sever its employment relationship with him. This lawsuit ensued. Mr. Grandison alleges that Wackenhut discriminated and retaliated against him in violation of the District of Columbia Human Rights Act ("D.C. Human Rights Act"), D.C. Code § 2-1401.01 et seq. Mr. Grandison further alleges that Wackenhut defamed him and interfered with his contractual relations. Before the Court is Wackenhut's Motion for Summary Judgment. Wackenhut argues that Mr. Grandison's D.C. Human Rights Act claims fail as a matter of law because there is no evidence that Mr. Grandison's race, gender, matriculation, or his filing discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") motivated Wackenhut's decision-making. Wackenhut further argues that Mr. Grandison's tort claims fail as a matter of law because there is no evidence that Wackenhut either defamed Mr. Grandison or interfered with his contractual relations. Because there is no genuine issue of material fact with respect to these claims, the Court finds that Wackenhut is entitled to judgment as a matter of law and will grant Wackenhut's motion.

I. FACTUAL BACKGROUND

Travis Grandison is an African American male who was employed by Wackenhut as a special police officer at the Government Accountability Office ("GAO") in Washington, D.C. from April 5, 2005 to May 25, 2006. While Mr. Grandison worked for Wackenhut, he accumulated the following list of workplace infractions:

* On June 1, 2005, Mr. Grandison was disciplined for opening his post ten minutes late;

* On October 15, 2005, Mr. Grandison was disciplined for calling off to attend training he was not scheduled or approved to attend;

* On October 29, 2005, Mr. Grandison was disciplined for oversleeping and arriving at work two hours and fifteen minutes late;

* On November 21, 2005, Mr. Grandison was disciplined for being inattentive to duty but not asleep after he was spotted inside a guard booth with his feet on the desk and his head lolling on the window;

* On January 13, 2006, Mr. Grandison was disciplined for opening his post twenty minutes late;

* On February 27, 2006, Mr. Grandison was disciplined for (i) failing to report to work and (ii) receiving a personal facsimile at a GAO facsimile machine;

* On February 28, 2006, Mr. Grandison was disciplined for reporting to work fifty-five minutes late;

* On March 15, 2006, Mr. Grandison was disciplined for rolling-up his sleeves and for refusing to wear his tie after he was instructed to do so;

* On April 2, 2006, Mr. Grandison was disciplined for walking his rounds hatless, with his shirt collar open, and with his tie off to one side days after he was briefed on March 29, 2006 about Wackenhut's uniform policy.

Following this last infraction - Mr. Grandison's second offense of willful insubordination - Wackenhut terminated Mr. Grandison's employment.*fn1 Mr. Grandison responded by filing this action in D.C. Superior Court, which Wackenhut ...


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