No. 97-5326.

158 F.3d 597 (1998)

Lawana POWELL, Appellant, v. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided November 3, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mark S. Davies argued the cause for appellant. With him on the briefs was Gary A. Orseck.

David T. Smorodin, Assistant U.S. Attorney, argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief were Wilma A. Lewis, U.S. Attorney, and R. Craig Lawrence, Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Before: HENDERSON, RANDOLPH, and TATEL, Circuit Judges.

Opinion for the Court filed by Circuit Judge RANDOLPH.

RANDOLPH, Circuit Judge:

Lawana Powell had been a longtime federal employee when, in 1995, she was — according to her lights — constructively terminated from her job as a personnel security specialist in the Department of Defense. In response to some unexplained absences — a source of suspicion in a security-conscious agency like the Defense Department — Powell was given the...

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