Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Dixon v. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Discrimination)

Desyree Dixon accused the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) of discrimination and harassment. Dixon, a gay, African-American female of Jamaican descent, alleged numerous incidents of racial and sexual orientation harassment, including homophobic and racist jokes and comments, and discrimination from the time she began working at APL in December of 2007 until her firing in April 2009. She claimed that her firing was in retaliation for her complaints about the harassment. In May 2012, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found sufficient evidence that APL violated its obligations under the nondiscrimination and affirmative action provisions of its federal contracts by creating a hostile work environment and unjustly terminating Dixon. The case settled out of court.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Johns Hopkins University Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Press Release 9/13/2012
OFCCP Ruling 5/23/2012
Complaint 4/28/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database