Shipman v. Department of Veterans Affairs et al
ORDER granting 8 Partial Motion to Dismiss. All of Shipman's claims are dismissed except her claims pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-16 against Eric K. Shinseki in his official capacity as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 3/13/2014. (ks)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
LEIGH ANNE SHIPMAN
No. 4:13CV00448 JLH
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS
AFFAIRS, et al.
Leigh Anne Shipman is an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She brings this
employment discrimination action against the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, the
Secretary of Veterans Affairs in his official capacity, and three managerial employees of that
department in their individual and official capacities. She alleges claims under Title VII of the 1964
Civil Rights Act and the Arkansas Civil Rights Act. The defendants have filed a partial motion to
dismiss, contending that the sole remedy for Shipman’s claims is an action under Title VII, 42 U.S.C.
§ 2000e-16, and that the only proper defendant is the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs
in his official capacity. 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-16(c).
The defendants filed their motion on February 5, 2014. Shipman filed a motion for an
extension of time, which the Court granted, extending her time to respond to the partial motion to
dismiss up to and including March 5, 2014. Despite this extension, Shipman has not filed a response.
The defendants’ motion is granted. The exclusive judicial remedy for claims of discrimination
in federal employment lies in 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-16. Brown v. General Services Administration, 425
U.S. 820, 835, 96 S. Ct. 1961, 1969, 48 L. Ed. 2d 402 (1976). That statute provides that in a civil
action, the proper defendant is the head of the department, agency, or unit. 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-16(c).
Individual employees cannot be held liable under Title VII. Bonomolo-Hagen v. Clay Central-Everly
Cmty. Sch. Dist., 121 F.3d 446, 447 (8th Cir. 1997).
The defendants’ partial motion to dismiss is therefore GRANTED. Document #8. All of
Shipman’s claims are dismissed except her claims pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-16 against Eric K.
Shinseki in his official capacity as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 13th day of March, 2014.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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