The chief administrative officer of the D.C. Superior court found yesterday that a white, male court supervisor discriminated against a black, female employe through leave restrictions and reprimands included in the woman's personnel file.
Court executive Larry P. Polansky said the actions taken by William D. McRae "evidence a continuing effort... to stifle" the woman's "efforts for equal employment rights."
McRae coordinates appeals cases for the court system. The employe, Frances A. Patterson, 29, a clerk-typist, has worked in the court system since 1973. She has been employed in the appeals coordinator's office since October 1976.
In a seven-page decision, Polansky awarded Patterson 28 hours of sick leave pay, which McRae withheld last year, and ordered McRae to remove all reprimands from Patterson's file that related to leave requests.
McRae declined to comment yesterday on Polansky's findings.
Last June, in a complaint filed with the court's equal employment opportunity officer charging race and sex discrimination, Patterson contended that McRae deducted money from her pay four times last year for what she said was legitimate sick leave.
Patterson also said in the complaint that she lost 30 hours of annual leave at the end of 1977 because McRae failed to properly plan the vacation schedules for the three employes who work in the appeals coordinator's office.
In her complaint, Patterson also alleged that in 1977 she asked McRae for a promotion but that McRae took no action on her request. Patterson contended that earlier that year she helped train another woman for the job of assistant appeals coordinator, a position higher than Patterson's job of clerk typist.
According to Polansky's decision, Patterson indicated that in November 1978, McRae recommended that she be promoted to a job level one step higher than clerk typist.
Polansky found that there was no evidence of abuse of sick leave by Patterson and that there was "insufficient basis" for letters of reprimand issued by McRae against Patterson.
McRae was also directed by Polansky to make appropriate plans for employe vacations so time off is not "inadvertently" lost.
In addition, Polansky ordered McRae to provide information about employment opportunities to employes under his supervision and that he "cooperate with Frances Patterson in her efforts to advance in the court system."