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Fed Air Marshal Service Faces Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation

northwest-airlines1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — At a time when the U.S. has called for an increase in federal air marshals, the service is dealing with some serious internal problems, according to the investigative news website ProPublica.

ProPulbica is reporting that the parent agency Transportation Security Administration  “is investigating allegations of discrimination in the Orlando field office after several air marshals complained that supervisors created a “Jeopardy”-style game board with derogatory nicknames for African-Americans, Hispanics, homosexuals and veterans as a way to mete out discipline and undesirable assignments.”

“In Cincinnati, an attorney representing six air marshals asked a federal judge for a restraining order against TSA on Jan. 12, the website reported. “He said supervisors opened a disciplinary investigation against one client after she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit [1] (PDF) and then intimidated witnesses as they prepared to testify on the woman’s behalf.”

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