Carolyn Kloeckner made a mistake navigating the labyrinth required to file a complaint against her former employer, the U.S. Department of Labor, alleging sex and age discrimination. Actually she filed two separate complaints with the EEOC, appealed to the MSPB and missed a deadline…it's complicated.
But there were moments of levity as reflected in the arguments transcript and caught in my sketch :
Justice Kennedy, "I've probably led a charmed life, but I've never heard of a mixed case until this matter came before us"
Justice Kagan, "Mr. Schnapper, if I disagree with everything that you just said, I can still rule for you in this case, right?"
Schnapper, "you can, and you don't need to address what I just said."
The case is Kloeckner v. Solis and the transcript is here.