Worker’s rights are important, and even government agencies may be guilty of sexual harassment. Is the FBI free of sexual harassment and misconduct? Residents of Los Angeles and other parts of California may want to know more about a recent investigation by the Associated Press into allegations against the FBI.
Not being accountable
High-ranking officials, as well as supervisory special agents, are not being accountable. They may remain anonymous after undergoing disciplinary measures, allowing them to pursue law enforcement jobs outside of the FBI after retiring from the organization. According to the AP report, at least six sexual misconduct allegations were part of reports involving senior FBI officials.
From groping to stalking
The FBI officials have avoided discipline and may keep all their benefits and pensions without repercussion. Allegations, such as groping, coercion and sexual advances, were in the report. However, officers did not get disciplined. One senior officer lost his security clearance.
The FBI needs a #MeToo moment
The movie industry has had its turn facing sexual harassment allegations. It may be time for the FBI to have its own #MeToo movement, according to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. She claims the “good ol’-boy” networks are still alive and well.
The goal of making these allegations public is to hold the FBI accountable and for systems to improve. The public should know what happens so that they may trust this agency.
Sexual harassment may happen anywhere from the smallest neighborhood shop to the FBI. If you feel that your rights have been violated, it is wise to contact an attorney versed in the law regarding sexual harassment. A lawyer may help you with litigation and the avoidance of retaliatory measures. You deserve a comfortable working environment.