Well, I can’t say this is surprising, but a female group of former FBI recruits filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleging that its 20-week training academy discriminated against women.
The training, which included firearms, academics, defensive tactics and navigating high-risk situations not only allegedly discriminated on the base of gender but also race.
Former FBI Director James Comey is named in the complaint by one of the plaintiffs for dismissing her complaint.
However, that’s not the only person named.
According to the complaint, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mark Morgan, who oversaw the academy as a former top FBI official.
Male instructors at the academy in Quantico, Va., exposed the women beginning in 2015 to a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and inappropriate jokes, according to the lawsuit. One woman said that an instructor referred to an African-American female trainee as “spaghetti head,” a reference to her braids. The woman also said training agents made repeated sexual advances.
In particular, the lawsuit takes aim at the tactical training that plays out Hogan’s Alley, the academy’s mock town where hired actors play terrorists and criminals. Trainees practice making dangerous arrests where they use weapons. Many of the female agent recruits were kicked out of the academy during this phase more quickly and more often than men were.