Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr made headlines yesterday for submitting her resignation. Barr was alleged for creating a “frat house” atmosphere of boozing and sexual harassment at the agency. Because of these charges she finally chose to quit from the office.
Suzanne Barr got highly offended because of these charges and according to her, they are totally illegitimate. In her resignation letter, Barr mentioned that the charges against her are “unfounded” and “designed to destroy my reputation.”
Barr, a longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary, had been a victim of these allegations for the last two weeks. She took leave from the office soon after the allegations were made two weeks back. The allegations were made by a pair of ICE employees. According to The New York Daily News, one of the ICE employees claimed that Suzanne was a chronic alcoholic and approached him at a U.S. diplomat’s home with an offer of oral sex.
The other colleague from ICE claimed that Barr made inappropriate comments to a senior employee in the office of ICE Director John Morton back in 2009. The colleague reported that Suzanne used the phrase, “You a sexy mothaf----,” whilst looking at his crotch and asking, “How long is it anyway?”
Homeland Security Agent James Hayes also filed a lawsuit in May, accusing Napolitano of hiring such crude female employees that make the working environment hostile for men. Hayes also said that Barr had cleared out the offices of three male employees and moved the nameplates, computers, telephones and other items into a men's bathroom at ICE headquarters.
Some employees at ICE are extremely satisfied at Hayes’ decision of accepting Barr’s resignation because they genuinely feel that she behaved inappropriately at work. Hayes’ lawyer, Morris Fischer, said in a statement, “We are obviously very pleased with the agency's first step in rectifying this situation by accepting Ms. Barr’s resignation,” according to the NY Daily News.
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) showed deep concern over the conduct of such a high profile office. He said that Barr’s resignation has raised more questions about the management practices and personnel policies at the Department of Homeland Security.
Suzanne Barr served as chief of staff for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As chief of staff, she helped in directing operations, activities, and policies for the second largest law enforcement agency in the federal government.