Christopher C. Shaw, Civil Air Patrol’s Chief of Multimedia Productions, has been terminated from employment with Civil Air Patrol as of August 28th 1998.
Christopher C. Shaw began his employment with Civil Air Patrol as a Cadet Programs Manager on January 14th 1995. He worked in this position until his transfer to the Marketing and Public Relations Directorate, where he became Chief of Multimedia Productions.
During Shaw’s employment, two CAP employees Lori A. Swanson and Douglas G. Isaacson brought lawsuits against Civil Air Patrol, alleging discrimination in violation of Title VII.
CAP’s Executive Director Paul J. Albano, Assistant Executive Director Robert Brooks and Personnel Director H.D. Brown instructed Plaintiffs, as well as other CAP employees, “to refrain from commenting on or expressing  opinion[s] about… sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation at CAP headquarters,” and, specifically, about Swanson and Isaacson’s cases.
Specifically on May 27th 1998, Paul Albano held a meeting with the CAP Cadet Programs Directorate, during which Albano informed Brian Campbell and other employees that he had fired Isaacson and instructed them “not to discuss the subject matter of Isaacson’s termination with each other or with any attorneys representing Isaacson.”
Subsequently, Albano held a similar meeting with the Marketing and Public Relations Directorate, where Christopher Shaw worked, and told the employees that he had fired Isaacson. Paul Albano then instructed Shaw “not to discuss the subject matter of Isaacson’s termination with anyone except CAP’s attorneys” and, specifically, was told not to talk to Isaacson’s attorneys.
On other occasions as well, Albano and Brooks “instructed” Plaintiffs and CAP employees “to refrain from discussing with anyone, including attorneys representing parties adverse to CAP, the cases of either Isaacson or … Swanson.”
For a time, Christopher Shaw abided by these instructions. However, on July 23rd 1998 Shaw voiced his opinions on CAP-TALK “about sexual harassment, sex discrimination, racial discrimination, and retaliation at CAP. CAP-TALK is an internet website designed for “the expression of opinions and exchange of information about matters of concern to CAP members and leaders.” After Shaw sent his message on CAP-TALK, he told Brooks “what he had done.” and on August 28th 1998 Shaw was fired.