Robins mechanic files discrimination lawsuit

wcrenshaw@macon.comJuly 23, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A Robins Air Force Base aircraft mechanic has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging racial discrimination, age discrimination and sexual harassment.

The lawsuit filed by Fred Rouse names Eric Fanning, the acting Secretary of the Air Force, as the defendant.

Rouse alleges that while working as an electronics integrated systems mechanic in the 559th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, he was discriminated against because he is black and because of his age. He is 64.

It states that twice he was wrongly given poor job evaluations and that he was twice suspended for violations he did not commit. It also alleges he was sexually harassed by a male supervisor.

The lawsuit alleges he was twice suspended for 15 days without proof he had done anything wrong. It states that he was suspended one time for failing to do a task that had not been assigned to him, and a second time for using another mechanic’s stamp to clear a work-control document. The lawsuit states no proof was provided to substantiate the stamp allegation.

Rouse claims the suspensions were in retaliation for six Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that Rouse filed for various discrimination allegations between 2006 and 2010.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, back pay and front pay, attorneys’ fees and litigation costs, and removal of the two suspensions from his personnel records.

Rouse is being represented by attorney James Rambeau of Duluth.

An email from the Robins Air Force Base public affairs office said the base was not familiar with the contents of the lawsuit and would not comment.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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