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Little v. District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Court of Appeals of Columbia District

May 29, 2014

ARCHIE LITTLE, APPELLANT,
v.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY, et al., APPELLEES

Submitted January 16, 2014.

As Amended June 2, 2014.

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Appeal from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (CAB-395-10). (Hon. Judith Bartnoff, Motion Judge).

David A. Branch was on the brief for appellant.

Grace E. Speights and Joselyn R. Cuttino were on the brief for appellee District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.

Jeanett P. Henry was on the brief for appellee C& E Services, Inc.

Before THOMPSON and MCLEESE, Associate Judges, and FERREN, Senior Judge.

OPINION

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Thompson, Associate Judge :

Appellant Archie Little appeals from the Superior Court's grant of summary judgment to defendants/appellees C& E Services, Inc. (" C& E" ) and the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (" DC Water" ) on his claims of age discrimination in violation of the District of Columbia Human Rights Act (" DCHRA" )[1] and (as to DC Water) tortious interference with his employment relationship with C& E. We affirm the judgment.

I.

For several years prior to May 2009, appellant was employed by C& E, which had a series of contracts with DC Water to supply instrumentation technicians to perform work at DC Water facilities. On April 22, 2009, appellant received a letter from Carl Biggs, the president and owner of C& E, thanking appellant " for all the support that [he] . . . provided for C& E services and [DC Water] over the years," acknowledging that appellant " plan[ned] to retire at the end of the [then-current 2004] contract [with DC Water]," and informing him of a planned retirement luncheon to mark the occasion.

Appellant averred in his Complaint that he never indicated an intent to retire in May 2009 or at the end of the contract, but that, during a meeting on May 8, 2009, Biggs demanded his resignation and stated that his last day would be May ...


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