Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr resigned Saturday amid charges that she created a “frat house” atmosphere of boozing and sexual harassment at the agency.Given the quick resignation and that no voices in the administration have spoken in Suzanne Barr's defense, I believe a credible level of truth can be attributed to the allegations.
Barr’s decision to quit came two weeks after she took a leave of absence after new raunchy charges from a pair of ICE employees.
One claimed that a hard-drinking Barr, longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, approached him at a U.S. diplomat’s home with an offer of oral sex.
A second worker detailed a 2009 meeting in the office of ICE Director John Morton where a leering Barr made inappropriate comments to a senior employee.
“You a sexy mothaf----,” she purportedly purred before looking at his crotch and asking, “How long is it anyway?”
Homeland Security Agent James Hayes filed a May lawsuit accusing Napolitano of hiring female friends who created a work environment that was hostile to men.
Hayes claimed Barr cleared out the offices of three male employees and moved the nameplates, computers, telephones and other items into a men's bathroom at ICE headquarters.
DHS/ICE Sex Scandal
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(Washington, D.C.) The Chief of Staff for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, Suzanne Barr, has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior toward employees.
At least three employees at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have filed serious complaints alleging that a senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano used inappropriate sexual behavior around them, according to court records and a letter describing the claims submitted to a congressional oversight committee.Given the nature and extent of the sexual allegations, a non-professional cultural aberration is suspected to exist within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding male-female relationships. Apparently, the girls and boys aren't working well together.
The complaints are related to a sexual discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed in May by a senior ICE agent. They accuse Suzanne Barr, the agency's chief of staff, of sexually inappropriate behavior toward employees.
Barr is on leave while the allegations are being investigated, a spokesman for the agency said.
Of course, it is possible that the episode is an isolated incident.