Sixteen former and current female recruits and FBI analysts have filed a complaint against the agency for sex discrimination and sexual harassment in a class action lawsuit with emails from James Comey.
The women filed their lawsuit at the federal court on Wednesday. Of the 16 prosecutors, seven still work at the desk. Five have agreed to be named, but 11 have not.
Most say they have wrongfully stopped graduating to become special agents, often just a few days before they graduate. They complain that they have been punished because they have made mistakes that prevented their male counterparts.
A woman, an Indian with a disability, says she was sexually harassed and ridiculed because of her disability.
Some claim that they were stolen by Quantum for sex by male recruits while completing their agent training and even claimed that they should go back to their room at night because they were often followed.
Others say they were wrongly punished for behavior that their male colleagues got away with, and some claimed that they had been fired from the academy and stopped to enter the field within a week of graduation without adequate explanation.
On Thursday morning, 10 of the women appeared on NBC & # 39; s Today show to discuss the matter.
Ten of the sixteen women who sue the FBI for discrimination based on sex and sexual harassment claim that they were wrongly hurled from Quantico weeks before they graduated just because they were women
Among them was Lauren Rose who claimed she was fired from the academy in 2015, a week before she graduated.
Ro would release a series of sexist, racist, and generally sophomore / inappropriate jokes, such as summoning the only African-American female intern with braids "spaghetti head", constantly referring to his "little blue balls" or the size of his genitals, and claim that female informants were not reliable because they were & # 39; too emotional & # 39; and that they only sleep.
She got no reason, she said, and when she complained that one of her superiors had said there was a problem with her & # 39; attitude & # 39; during a presentation with a review board.
Rose complained to the director of the FBI, James Comey, who denied discrimination and sent her a letter telling her to use her pain to think about her strengths and weaknesses, according to the lawsuit. who achieved DailyMail.com on Thursday.
She is still employed by the FBI, but it is not clear what her role is.
Paula Bird, who now works for the agency as an Operational Support Technician, said she was unjustly fired from the academy because she did not use a flashlight during a training exercise.
She claims that her male colleague who was also part of the exercise did not receive the same warning.
She was fired with another Asian woman. They were forced to go to the evaluation committee with a male intern who had passed the test and were allowed to graduate.
She claims that the male trainee was later told that he was only shown for the sake of appearance and that the board did not want to see it as if it were aimed at women.
Clare Coetzer says that she would be fired three weeks before she graduated in 2018.
Erika Wesley is an Indian woman who says she was mocked because of her disability and sexually harassed during training. It does not reveal what the handicaps are.
The women all trained at Quantico, the training facility of the FBI in Virginia, but they say it is an & # 39; old boys network & # 39; is
One of her complaints is that she was threatened with dismissal because she tied her coat around her waist and reported another woman being harassed.
One of the counselors, she claims, repeatedly told the academy that she had become pregnant from an extra-marital relationship that she believed was not true.
She was also subjected to & # 39; frequent sexually charged comments & # 39; of male colleagues & # 39; s, including & # 39; women who have to take their birth control to control their mood, invite female trainees to a male instructor's home for & # 39; after the necessary attention & # 39 ;.
A woman, who does not mention her name in the court case, said she was disciplined because she had parked in the wrong part of the parking lot when it was full.
She says she was later told to have a & # 39; derivation & # 39; was for agents and that her entire personality was & # 39; a character error & # 39 ;.
She says she has been repeatedly sexually harassed. Once a 55-year-old agent slipped him her phone number & # 39; she says.
A woman says she complained to James Comey about the alleged harassment and he replied that he denied it and then told her to think about her strengths and weaknesses & # 39;
On another occasion, two men tried to convince her to sleep with them in the back of a car.
Others tried to convince her to sneak & # 39; to empty rooms to have sex with them. One sent her 15 texts a day until she told him to stop.
She claims that she had to have a friend escorted to her room because another man had followed her home.
Instructors and counselors should regularly & # 39; say she had to laugh more, she added.
The lawsuit alleges that a Senior Special Agent made racist and inappropriate jokes, including the only black female trainee with braids & # 39; spaghetti-head & # 39; named, referring to his & # 39; small blue balls & # 39; and said female FBI informants were unreliable because they & # 39; emotionally & # 39; and slept around.
An African-American ex-student who referred himself to D.A. said she was routinely selected and embarrassed.
Another woman who only if & # 39; S.B & # 39; is indicated, said she was once reprimanded for having & # 39; argumentative & # 39; was when she questioned an instructor about something she was told was wrong.
She says she was confused & # 39; after class & # 39 ;, & # 39; shouted at & # 39; and cursed & # 39; because she had an attitude problem and was too argumentative. & # 39;
A woman in the suit is a former Marine who served as a radio operator in the war in Iraq.
Director Comey denied that such discrimination was an issue and suggested using her "pain" instead to reflect on her strengths and weaknesses.
Another was mentioned to bring water into a classroom and not to swallow a small piece of food before entering a classroom. Another says that a male boss had told her that they are his & # 39; special project & # 39; would become.
She was later told by a classmate that he had made a derogatory remark about women, while punishing a male trainee he had said: & # 39; You are no better than a f **** g woman. & # 39;
In their complaint they say collectively: & # 39; The FBI has intentionally allowed the Good Old Boy network to flourish uncontrollably at the FBI Academy.
& # 39; Training Department staff, including instructors, supervisors, field advisors, managers, and assessment commissioners, often reject male trainee mistakes as isolated incidents, determine whether male trainees are re-usable and retain them at the Academy for a disproportionately higher rate than their female trainee counterparts. & # 39;
The agency said in a statement: & # 39; Although we cannot comment on disputes, the FBI is committed to promoting a working environment in which all our employees are valued and respected.
& # 39; Diversity is one of our core values and to effectively accomplish our mission of protecting the American people, we need people with different genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. & # 39;
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