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February 27, 2013

Bill Clinton's female Secret Service agent suing agency

A Secret Service agent protecting Bill #Clinton is, it seems, suing the agency over alleged sex discrimination.

Get your mind out of the gutter. The case has nothing to do with Clinton's behavior. Indeed, the former president's name is not mentioned in the original complaint or in a decision issued Wednesday to shift the case from Washington, D.C. to the Southern District of New York.

Instead, agent Kate Crowley says the agency discriminated against her by giving her worse travel and overtime assignments than men in the detail, and then retaliated against her when she complained. As summed up by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg:

"When Crowley raised this disparity with her supervisors at USSS, she was 'assigned to a punishing overtime and weekend schedule and received a threat at her home.' Plaintiff also alleges that she has been regularly singled out and mocked by her colleagues."

Ms. Crowley, in her initial complaint and in the judge's decision Wednesday, is described as being part of the protective detail of a "former national leader." Then, the clues start piling up.

The detail is "based in the New York City area." In a declaration cited Wednesday, the Secret Service says "information concerning the creation of the work schedules, including requests for time off, assignments to particular trips, and requests for overtime, would be received by the former presidents’ detail supervisors..." (underlining added.)

And, finally, this, from Judge Boasberg's decision:

"The actual unlawful employment practices – i.e., the creation and approval of the discriminatory schedules – occurred at the detail headquarters in Chappaqua, New York." (underlining added.)

Chappaqua is, of course, Mr. Clinton's post-White House home.



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