A fired Assistant U.S. Attorney is suing Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department in an effort to get his job back, The Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Paul Mansfield, who was fired in 2007 after an 18-year career in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia, on Monday filed a 75-page federal civil complaint. According to the newspaper Mansfield claims he was fired in retaliation for filing a federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint in April 2006.
In the EEOC complaint, Mansfield, a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleged that he was discriminated against based on age and physical disabilities, the newspaper reports.
Mansfield, who had focused on organized-crime cases, claims the harassment began in December 2005. His assignments were changed and, according to the EEOC complaint, he claimed that the U.S. Attorney’s office created a hostile working environment, The Daily News reports.
The Daily News reported that, according to Mansfield’s lawsuit, he says he was harassed, humiliated and marginalized by then-U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan, then-First Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid, then-chief of the criminal division Linda Dale Hoffa and others.
Mansfield also claims the office officials pressured him to him to drop his EEOC complaint, the newspaper reports. He was reprimanded, suspended and eventually fired.
Meehan, who resigned in July 2008, currently is a Republican candidate for a House seat from the Philadelphia suburbs.
Following Meehan’s resignation Magid was named interim U.S. Attorney; however she abruptly resigned in May 2009, a month before her 120-day interim appointment would have expired.
Mansfield, who is acting as his own attorney, is seeking his old job back, damages and attorney’s fees. The Daily News reports that a person familiar with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Mansfield “was not the first person who had problems, and in the past, [management] guided people to a soft landing. That didn’t happen in his case.” Meehan did not return a request for comment. Patty Hartman, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said, “We cannot comment on pending litigation.”