Tdcj Promotions

full title: RICHARD WATKINS, Plaintiff, v. TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, GARY…

Court: United States District Court, S.D. Texas, Houston Division

Date published: Jun 6, 2006

Facts

Plaintiff Richard Watkins (“Plaintiff”), who is black, had worked for the defendant Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for a little over 20 years until he retired in February 2005. In 1997, Plaintiff’s supervisor, Defendant Janie Cockrell (“Cockrell”), at Plaintiff’s request recommended that Plaintiff be transferred from the Senior Warden position at the Choice Moore Unit in Bonham to the Senior Warden position at the Holliday Unit (“the Unit”) in Huntsville. Defendant Gary Johnson (“Johnson”)  approved the transfer, which also brought a pay increase for Plaintiff. From 1997 until his retirement, Plaintiff continued as Senior Warden at the Holliday Unit. Plaintiff alleges that beginning in August 1999, TDCJ at times discriminated and retaliated against him, and created a hostile work environment, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). The plaintiff also brings state law defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims against Defendants Johnson, the former Executive Director of TDCJ, and Cockrell, the former Institutional Division Director of TDCJ (collectively “Defendants”).

Issue

Court Judgement

It is ORDERED that Defendants Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s, Gary Johnson’s, and Janie Cockrell’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Document No. 39) is GRANTED, and Plaintiff Watkins’s case is DISMISSED on the merits.

The clerk will enter this order and provide a correct copy to all counsel of record.

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