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Judiciary comments on former staffer's discrimination complaint

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Judiciary of Guam has released documents regarding a discrimination complaint that was filed by former court employee Hentrick Eveluck.  Eveluck recently resigned from the Judiciary alleging racial discrimination.  He alleged that he was subjected to mistreatment on a daily basis since he was employed in 2009 by his immediate supervisor. 

Court policy, planning and community relations director Joshua Tenorio stated, "Contrary to Mr. Eveluck's contention that his discrimination complaint was not entertained by the Judiciary, the documents show that Mr. Eveluck was given every opportunity to amend his complaint including amending the relief he was seeking. He informed the Judicial Council EEO Review Board that he did not intend to amend his complaint. Mr. Eveluck listed the following relief in his complaint:

"Transfer to another division of the Judiciary, i.e., Alternative Sentencing, Juvenile Drug Court, Law Library, etc."

"To put an end to these misappropriate behaviors by closer monitoring."

Both requests were granted by court management. The mediation report issued by Mr. Larry Roberto contains the complainant's description of event(s).

Tenorio added that the former employee claimed he did not file a timely discrimination complaint and therefore, his complaint was not being entertained by the Judiciary. Tenorio stated, "This is not true – the underlying discrimination complaint went through four stages of administrative action, and the ensuing retaliation complaint is still in stages of administrative findings, resulting in eight stages of administrative action. 

"The matter was also independently investigated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission using its own timelines.  The USEEO made no finding regarding discrimination. Furthermore, the Department of Justice informed Mr. Eveluck that the department would not file suit on the charge of discrimination and Eveluck was therefore notified that he had the right to sue with 90 days on the claim of retaliation. Mr. Eveluck did not file suit."

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