Janet Napolitano's Alleged "Frat House" Leader Suzanne Barr Now on Leave
One of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's appointees is taking a little break from her job after word got out about a lawsuit accusing her of sexual harassment.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief of staff Suzanne Barr -- an Arizona native -- is accused by the special agent in charge of New York City investigations for ICE of creating "a frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees."
ICE says Barr is voluntarily on leave, as it just so happens that more employees have made accusations against her since James Hayes Jr.'s lawsuit surfaced.
Barr was an aide for Napolitano when she was governor of Arizona, and Barr was appointed to the ICE post by Napolitano in early 2009. Barr graduated from the University of Arizona, and got her law degree from Arizona State University.
Her father is the late Burton Barr, who was an Arizona House member for 22 years. He was the Republican majority leader for 20 years, and left the House in 1986 in an unsuccessful run for governor.
His daughter, however, has some man-hating allegations to deal with.
According to Hayes' lawsuit, Barr "moved the entire contents of the offices of three male employees, including name plates, computers, and telephones, to the men's bathroom at ICE headquarters," just a few months after she started her new gig with ICE.
Hayes says the "humiliation" of male employees included Barr "calling [a] male employee in his hotel room and screaming at him that she wanted "his cock in the back of [her] throat."
Another instance allegedly included Barr taking a male employee's Blackberry, and sending a message to his female supervisor to declare that he had a crush on his supervisor and fantasized about her.
The drama continued at ICE for some time, as Hayes claims he was investigated by the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility -- "at least" six times.
"Each of the investigations [was] concluded with a finding that they were without merit," according to the lawsuit.
The other woman accused in the lawsuit, Dora Schriro -- also a Napolitano appointee -- is the former Arizona Department of Corrections chief.
Napolitano also told the Arizona Republic earlier this week that she's not really sure when her time's up in Washington.
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