Guy Sues Napolitano for Gender Discrimination

Also says another female official created 'frat house' atmosphere hostile to men
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Guvner
Posted Aug 21, 2012 1:21 PM CDT
Guy Sues Napolitano for Gender Discrimination
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers a speech to the Center for American Progress in May.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – A federal worker who says he lost out on a plum job because he is a man has filed a discrimination lawsuit naming Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano as the sole defendant. What's more, James T. Hayes also alleges that a high-ranking official in Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office "created a frat house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees," reports the New York Times.

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That official, Suzanne Barr, has gone on paid leave as an investigation into the allegations continues, notes Fox News. They came to light after Hayes says he got passed over in favor of a woman who he says wasn't qualified. He says she got the job because she had a "long-standing relationship" with Napolitano—"and because he was not female," according to the lawsuit. (Read more Immigration and Customs Enforcement stories.)

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