Napolitano Accused of Favoring Women and Humiliating Men
A veteran special agent with the Department of Homeland Security filed a discrimination lawsuit that claims he was pushed aside in favor of another employee, a woman, with connections to Janet Napolitano, the DHS Secretary. The suit claims Napolitano was in charge of a female frat-house that often times humiliated men who were employed there.
The lawsuit focuses on two appointees made by Napolitano Dora Schriro and Suzanne Barr. The two joined the Department in February of 2009, five months after James Hayes Jr., the man who filed the lawsuit, was promoted in the ICE Detention and Removal Operations as director.
Hayes alleges that Schriro, who came aboard as a special advisor to the Secretary, did not have the qualifications for the job due to her lack of experience in law enforcement. Nevertheless, he says Schriro had a very good relationship with Napolitano and was soon assuming many of his duties.
Prior to joining the DHS as an adviser, Schriro was the director of the Missouri and Arizona corrections departments. She is no longer with DHS and serves today as the commissioner for the Department of Corrections in New York City.
The lawsuit also claims that Barr started a frat-house atmosphere in the Department that aimed at humiliating and intimidating male employees. The suit alleged that in one incident, Barr moved all the contents of three different offices of male employees into the men’s bathroom. It also alleges that she used behavior that was sexually offensive repeatedly, like screaming about a sexual act at one of her male employee in his hotel room. Barr continues to be ICE’s chief of staff.
Hayes is seeking over $330,000 in damages.