Settlement conference is advised in ‘pregnancy discrimination’ suit

David O. Carter

U.S. District Court for the NMI designated Judge David O. Carter advised yesterday the parties in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by a former biologist of the Department of Lands and Natural Resources’ Division of Fish and Wildlife to consider a settlement conference.

Carter heard the motions filed by the defendants that Dr. Anne M. Orlando named in her lawsuit. Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona had recused from the case.

Carter then placed the matter under advisement and stated that a written order would follow.

Orlando is suing DLNR and DFW officials for allegedly discriminating against her due to her pregnancy.

Robert Pickett argued in support of DLNR and DFW defendants. Rene Holmes represented Orlando.

Holmes insist that Orlando exhausted her administrative remedies and that the federal court should deny a motion to dismiss her complaint.

Holmes said there is also no lack of jurisdiction.

Holmes said the court should also deny defendants’ motion alleging misjoinder of parties in the lawsuit as DFW and the official-capacity defendants are proper parties.

DFW hired Orlando on Feb. 9, 2015, as a wildlife biologist supervisor. DPW renewed her contract for Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, according to court documents.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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