Mendiola v. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, Western Regional Office
In this individual right of action appeal before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, Western Regional Office, Border Patrol Agent Froylan Mendiola challenged his removal from the Border Patrol and the agency’s efforts to require him to undergo a Fitness-for-Duty examination in retaliation for his protected activity as a whistleblower. Mr. Mendiola, a sixteen-year Border Patrol veteran with a consistently excellent work performance record, reported incidents of racial profiling which he witnessed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in early 2012. He was retaliated against as a result.
In a lengthy decision, the Board explains why Mr. Mendiola’s whistleblowing activities are protected, and details how Border Patrol took systematic steps to retaliate against Mr. Mendiola as a result.
Counsel: Anne Richardson, Hadsell Stormer, 866.457.2590