- Posted August 25, 2009 by
Washington D.C., District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Black in America 2
HUD supervisor trapped in own web, the EEOC cases of Wesley Phillips
When does an employer cross the line that should not be crossed? When does a supervisor put an organization at risk through personal actions? When does a personal vendetta cross the line into breaking federal employment laws? When do personal actions of a supervisor acting in behalf of the employer result in personal jail time and monetary liability for the company? The cases of Wesley Phillips.
The penalties for retaliation by management against an employee are stiff for a reason. In the case of Wesley Phillips, HUD supervisors involved in retaliation activities have placed themselves in a difficult predicament and put the agency at high risk of monetary penalties by their actions.
Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. What leads those in power positions to believe they have full authority outside the law and are untouchable? Could it be witnessing over the years that nothing is done in cases such as the one involving Wesley Phillips? Do years of getting away with small things lead one to believe that one is too smart to be caught? Does that network building over the decades within govt cause one to believe that friends will aide one in carrying out retaliation? Who shall stop such supervisors who have personal contacts both within the investigative unit and the prosecutorial unit? What leads a supervisor to cross the line into bold breaking of federal laws? I have seen this occur within my corporation a few times and will always wonder why a leader who has a great position would take such risks with their personal success.
The HUD supervisor's mistake was not just in breaking laws, but in who the crimes were perpetrated against. They could certainly have chosen an easier victim. Wesley Phillips, U.S. Marine. Those who make it into the Marines and thereafter being trained by them are a distinct group. Duty, honor, and courage. Intelligence. The men are well screened and well trained, and that training does not leave them when they depart from the Marines. It was just such a man that HUD supervisors chose to annihilate. I judge this to be a grave error on their part. The shoes used to step upon Wesley will be melting from the heat before these cases are done. There is ingrained in the character of men chosen by the Marines particular qualities that stand out from the beginning which are then honed to a sharp edge by training. Taught to withstand torture, they are a quite formidable opponent. Wesley Phillips is just such a man. After his discharge from the Marines, Wesley served 16 yrs in law enforcement with the secret service not surprisingly without a single blemish on his career record. He was after all well trained and a feather in the cap of HUD law enforcement. HUD had a well trained and well educated new member of law enforcement, and Wesley had a promotion and could spend less time traveling and more time with his family. It was a win-win for a moment anyway.
Wesley has the documentation to support his complaints, and this led to winning the first case with the EEOC. The retaliation that followed him winning the EEOC case was severe, extreme, successful, and also well documented and on public court records. The web that was woven is complete, and it is the supervisors who are caught in their own snare. I wonder how long it will take them to realize they have trapped themselves completely into a corner.