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August 10, 2012

Hoboy: Lawsuit Alleges Janet Napolitano Favored "Galpals" In Top Positions At Homeland Security, And They Harassed & Humiliated Male Colleagues

First article:

A veteran US law-enforcement official has filed a blockbuster discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, charging she pushed him aside to make way for a less-qualified woman who’s “enjoyed a long-standing relationship” with the anti-terror chief.

The lawsuit, which was first reported yesterday by blogger Debbie Schlussel, identifies the woman as Dora Schriro, who was later appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as commissioner of the city Department of Correction, a post she still holds.

The court papers also allege that Suzanne Barr, Napolitano’s chief of staff at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has engaged in “numerous” acts of “sexually offensive behavior” intended to “humiliate and intimidate male employees.

Barr’s alleged acts include calling one man “in his hotel room and screaming at him that she wanted his ‘c--k in the back of [her] throat.’ ”

This repudiates George Carlin's old observation that "No one has ever said the words, 'I will call the police unless you stop s***ing my c***.'

Second article:

Soon after Schriro and Barr were hired in January 2009, male staffers were treated like lapdogs, Hayes claims.

Barr “moved the entire contents of the offices of three employees, including name plates, computers and telephones, to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters,” the suit says.

Barr also stole a male staffer’s BlackBerry and fired off a message to his female supervisor indicating that he “had a crush on [her] and fantasized about her,” Hayes claims.

That last allegation, I don't know. It's a well-known game to take someone's phone when they leave it unguarded to go to the bathroom or whatnot, and use it to send silly, transparently fake messages.

I'm usually skeptical of sexual-harassment claims, and I make no exception here. I'm interested to see how suit shakes out, but I imagine there'll be some minor settlement and then we won't hear anything more.


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