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Slow justice

Woman’s sexual discrimination lawsuit against city has dragged on for almost 30 years

May 31, 2017

In 1990, Deborah Jean Bryant filed a sexual discrimination complaint against the District of Columbia. Now, 27 years later, her case is still in litigation, which probably makes it among one of the most protracted legal battles in the history of American jurisprudence, according to The Washington Post. Bryant, now 59 years old, alleges that when she worked for the Department of Corrections in D.C., her supervisor denied her a promotion after she ignored his sexual advances. While the case seemed straightforward and was originally ruled in her favor, Bryant has since been engaged in a dispute over the amount of compensation she is owed, including interest.“I’m the type of person that if you’re wrong, I’ll tell you you’re wrong,” Bryant told The Washington Post, explaining why she has persisted for all those years. “I’m still fighting because I was wronged.” The case has been heard by nine judges over the years and will appear for a tenth judge this week. For the last five years, Bryant has been trying to claim the final $52,000 she is owed. Bryant works as a security guard nowadays and says the final money she is owed could help her with her retirement and the mortgage on her three-bedroom home, but after years of a protracted legal battle she is not sure whether she will ever win. “It seems like they’re waiting for one of us to drop dead,” she said.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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