Federal Reserve Board: Long-Running Employment Discrimination Case, Artis v. Bernanke (Yellen), Dismissed with Prejudice; Length of Case Offends Conscience

[Author’s Note:¬† The presiding judge was the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan. Plaintiffs’ attorney is Walter T. Charlton.]

After 18+ years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed with prejudice the employment discrimination case Artis v. Greenspan Bernanke Yellen.

Memorandum opinion (6-22-15)

Order dismissing case with prejudice (7-22-15)

The case changed from class action to one of individual claims, with some class members receiving settlements.

The tragedy of this case was the incredible length of time and waste of precious resources to resolve a claim of employment discrimination. It shows why there must be alternative dispute resolution for these type of cases; the judiciary often provides no relief commensurate with the expenditure of time, money, and effort.

The adversarial system generates much expense with satisfactory resolution wanting after the cost expended attaining it.

The notion that a suffering employee, earning a federal government salary, must have six figures plus of money to address claims of employment discrimination is a gross injustice and is an effective blockade to the civil rights laws and regulations.