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Fired FBI Supervisor Sues for Sex Discrimination and Retaliation

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jennifer Boughton, a former civilian supervisor at the FBI’s Cincinnati field office, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation after she complained some of the male employees on her team slept on the job, lied about their work and drove FBI cars after drinking alcohol,  Fox 19 reports.

Boughton began working for the FBI in October 2003 and was promoted to Supervisory Investigative Specialist in December 2008, according to the lawsuit. She spent most of her time overseeing a mobile surveillance team. She received no discipline and had no performance issues between 2008 and 2014, according to the lawsuit.

In May 2015, she was reassigned to special projects and her pay was reduced and her car privileges were revoked. She was fired in early 2016, the station reports.

Read the lawsuit

Report: Homeland Security Office ‘Rife with Offensive and Racially Hostile Behavior’

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security’s office in Virginia is “rife with offensive and racially hostile behavior,” the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission declared.

Investigators discovered that a supervisor had called black and Latino employees “monkeys,” and one agent’s photo showed a black child in a fried-chicken bucket, according to a report obtained by The Virginian-Pilot

Somer black employees were subjected to race-based discrimination, the repot also found.

Homeland Security plans to appeal the report’s findings.

FBI Investigator Alleges in Suit She was Ordered to Wear High Heels and Smile More

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI supervisory investigative specialist in Omaha filed a federal lawsuit on Monday alleging her boss treated her as a stereotypical “angry black female,” then ordered her to wear high heels and smile more often, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Georgia M. Scott, who still works for the FBI and lives in San Marcos, Tex.  is seeking  unspecified damages based on wages lost because of what she says was a discriminatory demotion and transfer to the San Antonio division, the paper reports.

Scott was hired by the FBI in 1998, then promoted to be a supervisory investigative specialist and moved to work in Omaha with the Mobile Surveillance Team in December 2009, the paper reports. She was the only black female supervisor in Omaha at that time, the suit states.

The lawsuit seeks damages for the “harassing and discriminatory actions inflicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the “FBI”) on an AfricanAmerican female employee, Georgia Scott (“Plaintiff” or “Ms. Scott”), and retaliation against her for engaging in protected activity.”

To read the lawsuit click here. 

 

Appeals Court: Border Patrol in Ohio Didn’t Target People Who Looked Hispanic

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents in Ohio did not racially discriminate several Hispanic people who were stopped by the Sandusky Bay Station, according to a federal appellate court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati upheld a lower court’s ruling that the complainants failed to prove people were targeted because they look Hispanic, the Toledo Blade reports

the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and Immigrant Worker Project claimed in a lawsuit that agents targeted Hispanics for stops and detention and uttered racist terms.

The Blade wrote:

o prove that the agency has such a policy, the plaintiffs needed to show that there was a formal policy, that there was a policy of inadequate training or supervision, that decision makers allowed illegal actions, or that it has a custom of “tolerating violations of federal law.”

The plaintiffs didn’t argue that there was a formal policy or inadequate training. But the court also ruled that high-ranking decision makers testified that they do not allow racial profiling. A pair of agents testified that they could use race as a factor, but not the only consideration for a stop.

“Neither of these agents, however, testified that he ratified anyone else’s use of race as a factor in determining whom to approach,” the court wrote.

The court also ruled that four encounters by Hispanic persons with Border Patrol agents were allowable, because other factors were used besides race to initiate the stop. 

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College Student, Iraqi Refugee Removed from Plan for Using Traditional Arabic Greeting

Southwest Airlines plane.

Southwest Airlines plane.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A college student and refugee who fled Iraq after his father was killed by Saddam Hussein, was pulled from a Southwest flight and questioned by the FBI for using a traditional Arabic greeting, The Daily Californian reports. 

Khairuldeen Mahkzoomi was on a flight from Los Angeles to Oakland when it was reported that he said the phrase, “inshallah,” meaning “if God is willing,” to his uncle over the phone.

A passenger reported hearing Mahkzoomi say the word “shahid,” which means martyr.

Mahkzoomi was removed from the plane and interrogated by the FBI.

“The way they searched me and the dogs, the officers, people were watching me and the humiliation made me so afraid because it brought all of these memories back to me,” Mahkzoomi told the Daily Californian. “I escaped Iraq because of the war, because of Saddam and what he did to my father.”

The airline company responded: “We regret any less than positive experience on board our aircraft. … Southwest neither condones nor tolerates discrimination of any kind.”

ICE Employees Complain of Pervasive Discrimination, Mismanagement, Harassment

ICE logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The union representing ICE employees is asking the agency’s Office of Inspector General to investigate allegations of discrimination, mismanagement and harassment from top officials.

“We’ve begged ICE leadership to intervene but they refuse to clean up the agency,” Felix Luciano, a local president of the union in San Diego, said in a PR News Wire release. “If you’re a pregnant female, a veteran, a union representative, or person of color, you’re a target of ICE managers.”

The issues are so pervasive, the union argued, that ICE employees filed 18 discrimination suits in just San Diego.

“Union and non-union employees agree: ICE is a horrific place to work,” said Chris Crane, National President of the union representing ICE employees.

“Mission readiness falls apart when leadership fails, and morale hits rock bottom,” Crane said. “Discrimination, harassment and retaliation are a part of everyday life for ICE employees. Our managers act more like thugs than public servants entrusted to manage ICE’s critical public safety and national security missions.”

Crane said the pervasive issues are causing morale to continue to decline.

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Appeals Court: Different Standards for FBI Fitness Test Is Not Discrimination

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s physical fitness test has different standards for men and women. Men, for example, must do more than twice the number of push-ups as women.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit dismissed a challenge to the test by a man who was turned down to become special agent because he could only do 29 of the required 30 push-ups, The Washington Post reports. 

Jay J. Bauer filed a discrimination suit, saying he was held to a different standard than women.

But the appeals court said that’s not necessarily a problem because the “physical fitness standards suitable for men may not always be suitable for women, and accommodations addressing physiological differences between the sexes are not necessarily unlawful.”

Women are required to perform 14 push-ups.

Former FBI Agent in Charge of Seattle Quietly Dismisses Discrimination Lawsuit

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Laura M. Laughlin, the former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle office before abruptly resigning last year, has dismissed her lawsuit against the bureau and Justice Department, King 5 News reports.

Laughlin filed a federal lawsuit in 2011, claiming she faced sex discrimination and retaliation.

“As the agent in charge of 300 agents in Seattle, she was one of the highest level FBI agents ever to sue the bureau,” King 5 News wrote.

It’s still not clear why Laughlin quietly dismissed the case. Neither she nor her attorney could be reached for comment.

The Justice Department released a statement.

“Ms. Laughlin dismissed her case with no settlement,” said Assistant US Attorney Marine Utgoff Braswell.

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