Appeal from the State Civil Service Commission State of
Louisiana Docket No. 18, 420 Honorable David Duplantier,
Chairman; D. Scott Hughes, Vice-Chairman; John McLure, G. Lee
Griffin, C. "Pete" Fremin, Ronald M. Carrere, Jr.
and Jo Ann Nixon, Presiding Commissioners of the State Civil
P. Decoteau, Jr., Director Department of State Civil Service
Larvadain, Jr. Alexandria, LA Attorney for
Plaintiff-Appellee, Terrell Goodwin
R. Elliott, Jr. Baton Rouge, LA Attorney for
Defendant-Appellant, Louisiana Department of Health
Adrienne Bordelon Baton Rouge, LA Attorney for
Defendant-Appellant, Department of Civil Service
BEFORE: WHIPPLE C.J., McCLENDON, AND HIGGINBOTHAM, JJ.
Civil Service case, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)
challenges the Louisiana Civil Service Commission's
decision ordering LDH to pay Terrell Goodwin, a civil service
employee, back pay in conformance with the terms of a
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
January 2018, Mr. Goodwin was employed as a Residential
Services Specialist 2 at Pinecrest Supports and Services
Center, which is part of the LDH's Office of Citizens
with Developmental Disabilities. By a letter from LDH dated
January 22, 2018, Mr. Goodwin was dismissed from his
position. Mr. Goodwin appealed his dismissal to the Civil
Service Commission. On April 20, 2018, the day Mr.
Goodwin's appeal was set for hearing, Mr. Goodwin and LDH
entered into a settlement agreement. The settlement agreement
provided, in pertinent part:
1. [Mr. Goodwin] agrees to withdraw appeal with prejudice.
2. [LDH] agrees to rescind disciplinary action effective
4:30pm January 26, 2018 and remove any and all documents from
the personnel and electronic file.
3. [LDH] agrees to reinstate [Mr. Goodwin] to his position of
Residential Services Specialist 2 and pay back wages with
required deductions from 4:30pm January 26, 2018 to 4:30pm
April 20, 2018 and subject to offset of wages earned by [Mr.
Goodwin] through other employment during this period.
4. [Mr. Goodwin] agrees to voluntarily resign effective
4:30pm April 20, 2018 and [LDH] agrees to ...