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O’Kell v. Ryan Zinke – US Department of Interior

This is a case brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Kelly O’Kell worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior at the Agency’s Ephrata, Washington office as a Realty Specialist. She applied for a GS-12 Project Manager position. At the time of her application she was 56 years old. Ms. O’Kell did not get the job. A member of the hiring panel told Ms. O’Kell that the Agency decided to hire a someone who was “young and perky and going to bring new energy to the office.”

 

Ms. O’Kell immediately complained to Agency management about the discrimination. Management then embarked on a retaliatory course of conduct that ultimately led to Ms. O’Kell’s firing. A copy of Ms. O’Kell’s complaint is available here.

 


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