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Janet Napolitano's Lady-Friends Don't Like Men, According to Angry ICE Employee

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According to a lawsuit filed by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement supervisory agent, a couple of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's lady-friends at ICE don't like men.

The lawsuit, filed by James Hayes Jr. -- the special agent in charge of New York City investigations for ICE -- says two women brought into the agency under the former Arizona governor's reign have been discriminating against him since they came into the agency in 2009.

As the lawsuit puts it, one of those women, ICE chief of staff Suzanne Barr, "...[C]reated a frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees."

Hayes claims the other woman in question, Dora Schriro -- a special adviser to Napolitano on detention and removal operations -- wasn't qualified for her position, but did have prior experience working for Napolitano, and "enjoyed a long standing relationship with [her]."

This lawsuit was discovered by conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel, who claims Schriro is Napolitano's "lesbian girlfriend," although that's apparently substantiated by nothing.

According to the lawsuit, Schriro started to replace Hayes in some of his job duties, and Hayes' lawsuit marks that as the first instance in which he believes men were being treated unfairly.

Then it got a bit worse, according to Hayes' account of events. In April and May 2009, 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."

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.

Hayes' lawsuit also detailed several instances in which he was continuously threatened with relocation and reassignment for no good reason, as he contends Schriro was gradually replacing him, although he says his job performance was excellent.

As the drama continued at ICE, Hayes says he was investigated by the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility -- "at least" six times.

Perhaps aiding Hayes' claims, "Each of the investigations [was] concluded with a finding that they were without merit," according to the lawsuit.

The investigations were started after claims of Hayes having a sexual affair, abusing his authority, defrauding the government, and other things.

Hayes is seeking $335,000 for lost compensation based on his discrimination claims, plus the equitable loss of what would've been in his retirement fund, and his attorney fees.

The lawsuit itself can be found below:

Napolitano Lawsuit



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