The Ministry of justice scolded the Obama administration on Wednesday, according to a report, such as the sexual harassment of all kinds has been incorrectly treated in the Department for years.
The Washington Post reported that the DOJ inspector General had found “systemic” problems on how the complaints were treated, with the offending officials often leave you off the hook, or even rewarded. The article cited investigative reports on a lawyer who allegedly groped two female lawyers and a top-of-the U.S. Marshals official who had sex with “approximately” nine women in his office.
Although fresh complaints have been filed, as it was just recently in August, the IG said, some of the worst alleged offenses happened a few years ago in the Department’s civil Division.
Ian Prior, a spokesman in the trump Department of justice, would not comment in detail about the allegations but the problems described are largely the during of the administration.
“The Department does not have specific staff, disciplinary measures or comment on personnel actions and matters, which impact on privacy. That is, the Department was very disappointed with the problems in the Obama administration, and strives to achieve a workplace free of harassment and other misconduct for all of our with its 115,000 employees,” he said in a statement. “This is the reason why the Civil Division has implemented additional security measures and systems in place to ensure that all misconduct allegations are handled appropriately for the future.”
‘[T]he Department was very disappointed with the problems in the Obama administration.’
– DOJ spokesman Ian Prior
He said a “working group” has been convened to look at the issues raised and recommendations in brief.
The General inspector Michael Horowitz originally a memo sent in may, alerting the DOJ about the possible “systemic problems”.
Justice Department inspector General Michael Horowitz has concerns about the handling of sexual harassment cases to the DOJ.
The Post reported that the IG found, a top lawyer in the office of the immigration court proceedings, Victor Lawrence, “groped the Breasts and buttocks of two female trial lawyers” in a happy hour.
He reportedly got a reprimand, to change a title, and “discharge of Supervisory Board-tasks”, but was not suspended and did not receive a loss in pay or grade. There was supposed to be the concern that a suspension would “deprive the government” of its services.
A woman who does not recognize, told the Post she was “horrified” to be in an Elevator, out of concern that he would be there.
Several lawyers in the civil division allegedly got performance awards, according to the complaints. A female lawyer, not identified by the Post, said, “had you free.”
Another case concerned a woman, the former Oregon attorney, Amanda Marshall, is accused of sending harassing texts and E-Mails to a subordinate after an “intimate” relationship ended. She resigned later and apologized, allegedly, of the relationship calls “wrong” and “failure.”
According to the article, other allegations in the Department surfaced, this summer with 17 DOJ staff letter to the Deputy state attorney Rod Rosenstein in the August reporting sexual harassment. It is unclear when these events might have occurred.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.