ICE Hottie and Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr Resigns amid Allegation of Sexual Misconduct

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New York Daily News:  Napolitano-run dept. treated male staffers like lapdogs: suit (Aug 9 2012)

A blistering federal discrimination suit accuses agency honcho Janet Napolitano of turning the department into a female-run “frat house” where male staffers were banished to the bathrooms and routinely humiliated.  James Hayes Jr., who now is New York’s top Homeland Security cop, claims Napolitano filled top spots in Washington, D.C., with two of her gal pals who were bent on tormenting male employees.  The suit identified them as Dora Schriro, who is now running the city Department of Correction, and Suzanne Barr, the chief of staff for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Phoenix New Times:  Janet Napolitano’s Lady-Friends Don’t Like Men, According to Angry ICE Employee (Aug 13 2012)

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’ 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.

Fox News Insider:  ICE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr on Leave After Accusations of Lewd Conduct (Aug 15 2012)

… several ICE employees accuse Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr of making lewd comments and sexual advances. An investigation into those claims is now underway  …  Barr’s leave comes on the heels of two new affidavits from unnamed employees that are connected to a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed a few months ago against DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano by James T. Hayes, Jr., who used to run ICE’s New York office. The suit charges that Napolitano favors her female employees. One of the affidavits references Ms. Barr allegedly telling a senior ICE employee, “You a sexy” (expletive deleted).

New York Daily News:  Immigration chief takes ‘voluntary’ leave (Aug 15 2012)

… two more men joined a chorus of others charging her with treating male colleagues like pieces of meat  …  Lawyer Morris Fischer said the new, anonymous accusers stepped forward after he filed the suit on behalf of ICE Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes Jr.

Fox News:  ICE chief of staff on leave after new allegations of lewd conduct surface (Aug 15 2012)

The top Homeland Security official accused of cultivating a “frat-house”-style work environment has “voluntarily placed herself on leave” amid an internal review, the department told FoxNews.com late Tuesday evening — just hours after FoxNews.com contacted the agency about new allegations against her.   The official, Suzanne Barr, is chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Two more ICE employees came forward this week to complain about “lewd” conduct inside the agency, submitting sworn affidavits that depict graphic comments made by two top officials working under DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.   The affidavits were given as part of a discrimination and retaliation suit filed earlier this year by James T. Hayes Jr., the head of the New York office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In the newly emerging affidavits, one of the employees claimed that in October 2009, while in a discussion about Halloween plans, the individual witnessed Barr turn to a senior ICE employee and say: “You a sexy” (expletive deleted).  “She then looked at his crotch and asked, ‘How long is it anyway?’” according to the affidavit.

The other account recalled a trip to Colombia in late 2009, attended by ICE Director John Morton, Barr and Ray Parmer, who is ICE special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.   The account said Parmer and Barr were “drinking heavily” at the house of the deputy chief of mission for the U.S. Embassy there. It said Parmer took the BlackBerry of another employee, Peter Vincent, and sent “lewd messages” to Barr.   The affidavit went on to say: “During this party, Suzanne Barr approached me and offered to” perform oral sex.

Fox News:  CE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr on Leave After Accusations of Lewd Conduct [Video] (Aug 15 2012)

New American:  ICE Chief of Staff Takes Leave Amid Allegations of Lewd Conduct in Agency (Aug 15 2012)

Several ICE employees have come forward to complain about behavior within the agency. Employees have provided sworn affidavits regarding graphic remarks made by two top officials at ICE. The affidavits were submitted as part of a discrimination and retaliation suit filed by James T. Hayes, Jr., head of the New York office for ICE.

Likewise, the lawsuit accuses Barr of conducting several conference calls during which she looked for excuses to terminate Hayes’ employment. It also states that Schriro had assumed some of Hayes’ responsibilities before he was removed from his Washington ICE job and assigned to the New York office.

The Hayes lawsuit includes allegations that ICE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr was guilty of repeated “sexually offensive behavior” that seemed intent on “humiliating and intimidating male employees.” Hayes claimed that Barr even called a male colleague in his hotel room and screamed, used explicit language, and offered to perform oral sex on the colleague.

Likewise, the lawsuit gives an illustration of the “frat-house”-type atmosphere at the agency, stating that in 2009, Barr “removed the entire contents of the offices of three male employees, including nameplates, computers and telephones, to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters.” Barr is also being accused of taking the work phone of a male special agent and then telling his female supervisor “that the male employee had a crush on the female supervisor and fantasized about her.” The suit adds, “Further, Barr promoted and otherwise rewarded those male employees who play along with her sexually charged games.”

 New York Post:  Homeland Security aide takes temporary leave amid new claims, as Napolitano ponders stepping down (Aug 16 2012)

Suzanne Barr, who has close Arizona ties to Napolitano, took a “voluntary leave,” according to Brian Hale, spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  Barr’s leave, which began Tuesday, comes as two more male accusers claimed they personally witnessed Barr engage in lewd and hostile behavior with subordinates  …  Lawyer Morris Fischer says the accusers came forward after news broke about Hayes’ lawsuit. He said he provided the affidavits, both dated this week, to government lawyers.

Fox News:  Amid complaints about leadership, workers rank ICE close to last in satisfaction survey (Aug 16 2012)

  • On the question of whether ICE officials demonstrated “effective leadership,” employees ranked the agency 218 of 228 that responded. 
  • The response on the question of the effectiveness of senior leaders was worse — ICE ranked 220 of 228, with a score of 38.1 out of 100. 
  • And on the issue of “family-friendly culture and benefits,” ICE ranked 226 of 228, with a score of 20.8.

CNN:  ICE chief of staff on leave on heels of DHS job discrimination lawsuit (Aug 16 2012)

Suzanne Barr, chief of staff for ICE Director John Morton, voluntarily stepped down this week and is on paid leave because of allegations made against her as part of an ongoing civil suit filed by New York ICE chief James Hayes.  In the suit, which is leveled at the Department of Homeland Security and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Hayes claims he was passed over for promotions in favor of less-qualified women, some of whom used to work for Napolitano when she was governor of Arizona. As part of his lawsuit, Hayes cites behavior by Barr in an attempt to prove an alleged culture of sexual discrimination against men, according to Hayes’ lawyer, Morris Fischer of Maryland.

UK Daily Mail: ‘You a sexy m*****-f*****’: Customs chief-of-staff forced to QUIT after she is accused of making more ‘lewd’ comments to male executives (Aug 16 2012)

  • Suzanne Barr, the Immigrant and Customs Enforcement chief-of-staff, has ‘voluntarily placed herself on leave’ while an internal review takes place
  • ICE employees have made alleged graphic comments made by Barr and another official working for Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano
  • Affidavits given as part of a discrimination lawsuit against Napolitano filed earlier this year by James T Hayes Jr, head of New York ICE office

UK Daily Mail: Big Sis Janet Napolitano ‘promoted woman with whom she had a ‘long relationship’ while her female staff tormented male colleagues with ‘sexually charged games” (Aug 16 2012)

  • Department of Homeland Security boss faces discrimination lawsuit
  • Napolitano ‘gave close friend promotion over better qualified men’
  • Suit: She turned department into ‘frat house’ where men were tormented
  • ICE chief of staff ‘humiliated and intimidated’ male employees
  • Suzanne Barr ‘called male colleague in hotel room and used sexually-explicit language’

Phoenix New Times:  Janet Napolitano’s Alleged “Frat House” Leader Suzanne Barr Now on Leave  (Aug 17 2012)

[Suzanne] 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.

Fox News:  Congressional probe launched into allegations of lewd conduct at ICE (Aug 17 2012)

Graphic allegations of “sexually charged” conduct rocking a federal agency have attracted the attention of Congress, with Republican Rep. Michael McCaul launching an inquiry this week into the charges …  Both accounts described the actions of ICE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr, who was also mentioned in Hayes’ lawsuit. Barr has since gone on leave, according to ICE.

CNN:  ICE chief of staff on leave on heels of DHS job discrimination lawsuit  (Aug 17 2012)

Fallout from a job discrimination lawsuit filed by the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in New York has led to at least a temporary shakeup at the agency’s headquarters in Washington  …  After his client’s lawsuit was filed, Fischer says he was contacted by other federal employees who heard about Hayes’ claim. They provided affidavits to Hayes and his lawyer alleging more sexually charged comments made by Barr, according to Fischer.  “We’ve been getting calls and e-mails from all over the country from people who want to come forward with information that may be helpful on this case,” Fischer told CNN.

New York Times:  Official’s Lawsuit Claims Discrimination Against Men at U.S. Immigration Agency (Aug 21 2012)

[James T.] Hayes [Jr.] sought a transfer to Los Angeles, the lawsuit contends, but his request was denied.  When he threatened to file an internal discrimination complaint, the lawsuit says, the agency opened four misconduct investigations against him and reopened two others “to intimidate him,” the lawsuit says.

Front Page Mag:  Inside Napolitano’s ‘Frat House’ Department  (Aug 24 2012)

James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of New York City investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has filed a potentially explosive lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, alleging that he was shunted aside so that Napolitano could give a job to a “less qualified woman” with whom she “enjoyed a long-standing relationship.” The federal complaint also alleges that Napolitano’s handpicked Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Chief of Staff, Suzanne Barr, “created a frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.” The suit was filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Washington Post:  ICE chief of staff accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace (Aug 25 2012)

At least three employees at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have made serious complaints alleging inappropriate sexual behavior by a senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, according to court records and a letter describing the claims submitted to a congressional oversight committee. The complaints are related to a sexual discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed in May by a senior ICE agent. They accuse Suzanne Barr, the agency’s chief of staff, of sexually inappropriate behavior toward employees.

Associated Press:  ICE chief of staff accused of sexual misconduct (Aug 25 2012)

[Suzanne] Barr is accused of telling a male subordinate he was “sexy” during an office party and asking a personal question about his anatomy. She is separately accused of offering to perform a sex act with a male subordinate while on business travel in Bogota, Colombia. She is also accused of calling a male subordinate from her hotel room and offering to perform a sex act. The names of two of the employees were censored in affidavits reviewed by the AP  …  There were 10 sexual harassment claims filed with ICE in 2011, a significant increase over the two cases filed in each of the previous two years, according to equal employment data from the agency. DHS said none of the cases were substantiated. Also in 2011, [ICE Director John] Morton issued an anti-fraternization policy that said supervisors were not to have sexual or romantic relationships with subordinates. Any such relationships, the policy said, should be immediately reported.

Wall Street Journal:  U.S. Customs Official Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct (Aug 25 2012)

 New York Times:  Top Official at ICE Quits Over Discrimination Claims  (Sept 1 2012)

A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security resigned on Saturday after accusations that she had created a sexualized office culture that was hostile to men. The official, Suzanne Barr, is a longtime aide to the department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano, and had been on leave from her position as chief of staff to the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of the allegations.

L.A. Times:  Senior ICE official resigns amid sex allegations  (Sept 1 2012)

A senior official in the Homeland Security Department resigned Saturday while denying allegations that she had made inappropriate sexual advances to several male employees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Suzanne Barr was chief of staff to John Morton, who directs ICE, which is the second-largest law enforcement division in the federal government.

New York Daily News:  Suzanne Barr, top Obama administration official, quits post as ICE chief of staff amid sex harassment allegations  (Sept 1 2012)

The party’s over for a top Obama administration official.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr resigned Saturday amid charges that she created a “frat house” atmosphere of boozing and sexual harassment at the agency.  Barr’s decision to quit came two weeks after she took a leave of absence after new raunchy charges from a pair of ICE employees.

New York Post:  Fed big ICE’d out of her job  (Sept 1 2012)

An embattled Obama appointee is stepping down in the face of a salacious sexual-harassment lawsuit that has rocked the Department of Homeland Security.  Suzanne Barr, a longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, filed a letter of resignation yesterday after allegations surfaced that she had propositioned at least three Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees, the agency said.

New York Post:  ICE chief of staff quits over sexual harass claims  (Sept 1 2012)

A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior lodged by at least three Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees.  Suzanne Barr, chief of staff to ICE Director John Morton, said in her resignation letter that the allegations against her are “unfounded.” But she said she was stepping down anyway to end distractions within the agency. ICE, a division of the Homeland Security Department, confirmed Barr had resigned. The Associated Press obtained a copy of Barr’s letter.

The Blaze:  Top ICE Aide Resigns Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace (Sept 1 2012)

[Suzanne] Barr went on leave last month after the New York Post reported on the lawsuit filed by James T. Hayes Jr., ICE’s special agent in charge in New York.  Additional employees came forward with their allegations around the same time.  House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., said in a statement Saturday that Barr’s resignation “raises the most serious questions about management practices and personnel policies at the Department of Homeland Security.” He said his committee will continue to review the case and personnel practices at DHS.

Washington Times:  Immigration agency’s chief of staff resigns amid misconduct probe (Sept 1 2012)

Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he will take a look at the situation.  “The resignation of Suzanne Barr raises the most serious questions about management practices and personnel policies at the Department of Homeland Security,” he said in a statement Saturday afternoon, and added, his committee will look at the department’s personnel practices “across the board.”  Ms. Barr had taken a leave of absence after agency employees last month charged that she had created a “frat-house” workplace environment.

The Hill:  Top aide at ICE resigns amid allegations of sexual harassment (Sept 1 2012)

[Rep. Peter] King promised that his committee would continue the investigation into allegations against Barr “and intensify its review of all the facts regarding this case and DHS personnel practices across the board.”

Huffington Post:  Suzanne Barr, Obama Administration Official, Resigns Amid Misconduct Claims  (Sept 1 2012)

A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior lodged by at least three Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees  …  Barr is accused of sexually inappropriate behavior toward employees. The complaints are related to a sexual discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a senior ICE agent in May.

Phoenix New Times:  Suzanne Barr, Longtime Aide to Janet Napolitano, Resigns as ICE Chief of Staff Over Sex-Harassment Accusations  (Sept 2 2012)

Barr allegedly moved the office contents of three male employees to a bathroom soon after taking her job as ICE chief of staff, the lawsuit states. Numerous escapades followed. For instance, Barr supposedly swiped one employee’s Blackberry and sent a message to his supervisor saying “he” had sexual fantasies about her.  Hayes claimed Barr made comments about the penis length of one employee, and called another employee with the demand that she needed to have “his cock in the back of [her] throat.”  The purported party animal went on voluntary leave after Hayes filed his lawsuit.  Barr resigned yesterday after sending a letter to ICE boss John Morton that was obtained by the Associated Press.  In the letter, Barr said the accusations against her were “unfounded,” but that she was resigning “with great regret” to protect the agency’s reputation.

CNN:  ICE chief of staff resigns amid discrimination allegations  (Sept 2 2012)

The chief of staff to the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement resigned Saturday amid allegations that she helped create a culture of sexual discrimination against men.  Suzanne Barr, chief of staff for ICE Director John Morton, voluntarily stepped down last month and had been on paid leave  …  In an affidavit provided to CNN, another ICE employee describes a 2009 meeting in the office of ICE Director Morton, during which employees were discussing personal plans for Halloween. The male employee says he overheard Barr ask a “senior ICE employee” about the size of his genitals. “You’re a sexy mother-(expletive),” she allegedly said.

Fox News:  ICE chief of staff resigns after allegations of lewd conduct  (Sept 2 2012)

The resignation comes nearly three weeks after Barr went on leave over the allegations. The questions about Barr’s conduct were first raised in a lawsuit filed by an ICE official against Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano — the lawsuit, which alleged discrimination and retaliation, listed among the complaints that Barr cultivated a “frat-house”-style work environment.   That accusation was supplemented by two affidavits recounting incidents allegedly involving Barr in 2009.

Fox News: ICE chief of staff quits amid lewd conduct allegations [Video]  (Sept 2 2012)

Breitbart:  ICE Chief of Staff Resigns amid ‘Frat-Like’ Allegations  (Sept 2 2012)

The Blaze:  Alleged ICE ‘Mean Girl’ Suzanne Barr Steps Down, Steadfastly Denies Misconduct  (Sept 2 2012)

After being accused of creating a sexually-charged, “frat-house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees,” Suzanne Barr, longtime aide to Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, resigned Saturday from her position as the chief of staff to the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In a letter nabbed by the New York Times, Barr explains to ICE director John Morton her reasons for stepping down (which include not wanting allegations of her misconduct to taint the “reputation” of the ICE), while also denying that she Mean Girled anyone within the department …

My Fox DC:  ICE official Suzanne Barr resigns following lewd behavior allegations  (Sept 3 2012)

Suzanne Barr first made news about two weeks ago for allegedly telling a colleague, he was a sexy “expletive,” among other things.  Now she’s making news for telling her boss, she’s stepping down.  The now former ICE chief of staff voluntarily placed herself on leave in August.  But she’s leaving for good …

Fox News Latino:  ICE Chief of Staff Resigns over Claims of Sexual Misconduct  (Sept 3 2012)

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief of staff Suzanne Barr was forced to resign over the weekend following allegations by at least three employees of inappropriate sexual behavior  …  Barr is accused of sexually inappropriate behavior toward employees. The complaints are related to a sexual discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a senior ICE agent in May.

WPTV:  Suzanne Barr, ICE chief of staff for John Morton, calls sexual discrimination accusations unfounded  (Sept 3 2012)

Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said Barr’s resignation “raises the most serious questions about management practices and personnel policies at the Department of Homeland Security.”   The committee will continue a review of the case and the personnel practices of the DHS in general.

The Inquisitr: Suzanne Barr Resigns: ICE Chief Of Staff Quits Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations  (Sept 3 2012)

The Homeland Security Department says Suzanne Barr, a senior official at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, stepped down Saturday amid allegations of discrimination and sexual misconduct made by a pair of employees.

L.A. Late: Suzanne Barr Ice Lawsuit Allegations Pursued by James T. Hayes  (Sept 3 2012)

New Suzanne Barr lawsuit allegations are being made by James T. Hayes. Former ICE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr (photos below) has resigned after a lawsuit was filed by James T. Hayes Jr., a federal immigration official in New York, against department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano. But while Barr claims no wrongdoing, Congressional leaders are furious  …  Republican Congressional leaders issued the following statement after her resignation. “The resignation of Suzanne Barr raises the most serious questions about management practices and personnel policies at the Department of Homeland Security” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King.

The Blaze:  Yikes:  ICE Official Suzanne Barr Resigns   (Sept 3 2012)

Well this doesn’t happen everyday. Suzanne Barr, a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security and longtime aide to department secretary Janet Napolitano, resigned on Saturday after being accused of making the office culture hostile to men. Barr called the accusations against her “unfounded” but still resigned, after a lawsuit accused her of creating “a frat-house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.”

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