MINNEAPOLIS (CN) – The president of the National Drug Enforcement Officers Association claims his bosses in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension threatened and harassed him and harmed his career in retaliation for the innocent, and proper, steps he took after the bosses inadvertently broadcast into his classroom their discussion of “their discriminatory conduct towards a female BCA Special Agent.”
Plaintiff Paul Stevens says he was teaching a class of 35 Minnesota drug enforcement agents when his boss, BCA Superintendent Timothy O’Malley, and another BCA supervisor, Eric Knutson, inadvertently broadcast their private discussion into a classroom.
Stevens says that mistake put him in an embarrassing position, and that his supervisors retaliated against him for their own error, including refusing to allow him to apply for a job with a DEA task force, for which the DEA had asked him to apply, and for which no other BCA agents had applied. The job would have paid him an extra $7,000, Stevens says.
Stevens sued the State of Minnesota and demands punitive damages. He is represented in Federal Court by William Mavity of Red Wing.