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Opening Brief on Appeal in Kanj v. Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Opening Brief on Appeal in Kanj v. Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

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Published by Scott A McMillan
Before the United States Department of Labor, Administrative Review Board, Third Appeal in a Clean Water whistleblower action.
Before the United States Department of Labor, Administrative Review Board, Third Appeal in a Clean Water whistleblower action.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW BOARDIn the Matter of:JAMAL KANJ,Complainantv.VIEJAS BAND OF KUMEYAAYINDIANS,Respondent.ARB CASE NO. 12-002ALJ CASE NO. 2006-WPC-001
COMPLAINANT’S OPENING BRIEF
ALJ Hon. Russell D. Pulver Scott A. McMillan, SBN 212506The McMillan Law Firm, APC4670 Nebo Drive, Suite 200La Mesa, California 91941-5230(619) 464-1500 x 14Fax: (206) 600-5095Attorneys for Complainant,Jamal Kanj
 
Table of Contents
I.STATEMENT OF THE CASE.........................................1II.PROCEDURAL HISTORY...........................................3III.SUMMARY OF THE CASE..........................................5A.Material Facts................................................5B.Summary of Trial Testimony.....................................7i.Jamal Kanj.............................................7ii.Steven Jones...........................................11iii.Don McDermott........................................13iv.Bobby Barrett..........................................14v.Wendy Roach..........................................15vi.Virginia Christman via Deposition Testimony.................17vii.Tom Hyde via Deposition Testimony........................17viii.Anthony Pico via Deposition Testimony.....................18ix.Brian Frasier via Deposition Testimony......................19x.Penelope Culbreth-Graft via Deposition Testimony............21xi.Phillip Kaushall........................................21xiiEdward Rose...........................................22IV.JURISDICTION...................................................23V.STANDARD OF REVIEW..........................................24VI.ARGUMENT.....................................................25A.Mr. Kanj Engaged in Protected Activity...........................27B.The Tribal Council and Mrs. Roach had Knowledge of the Reports Mr. KanjContinually Made About the Pollution of Viejas Creek...............27C.Adverse Employment Conduct The ALJ Did Not Address.............29i.Discrimination that Created a Hostile Work Environment........30ii.The Tribes Refusal of Mr. Kanjs Vacation Request...........31iii.Denial of Performance Reviews and Salary Increases...........32
 
D.Mr. Kanj has Shown by a Preponderance of the Evidence that HisEngagement in Protected Activity was a Contributing Factor in HisTermination .................................................34i.Mr. Kanj’s Reports Received as Unwelcome Requests for ChangingTribal Traditions and Culture..............................35ii.Wendy Roach’s Submission of Reports in Mr. Kanj’s Name ShowsThe Animosity by the Tribal Council to Fencing Proposal.......37E.The Reasons the Tribal Council Gave for Mr. Kanj’s Termination arePretextual...................................................38i.Wendy Roachs Testimony is Not Reliable...................38ii.The Tribe Cannot Support The Claim That There Were ProblemsWith Mr. Kanjs Job Performance..........................44iii.Mr. Kanj was Committed to the Tribe and his Job .............49F.The ALJ Misapplied the Law Concerning the Standard of Proof for Complainant to Shift the Burden to the Tribe to Disprove the NegativeInference of Unlawful Motivation for the Adverse Employment Action..52VII.CONCLUSION....................................................56APPENDIX / TIME-LINEPROOF OF SERVICE

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