Sexual harassment in the DEA
Coworkers are often intimated from acting as witness for complainant or filing complaints after witnessing what happened to complainants. One women was transferred to a new office where her new manger informed coworkers about her 'sexual harassment' complaint. He also made derogatory remarks about her.
In other cases mangers increased scrutiny of complainants time and attendance, work products, and other activities; Removed complainant from enforcement related tasks; transferred the complainant to other states during investigation, while alleged harasser remained in place.
In one case, when a woman reported unwelcome sexual advances to her second line supervisor, his resolution was to curtail her activities on a task force,thereby decreasing her contact with the alleged harasser. The supervisor then issued a general statement to the males allegedly involved, saying he would not tolerate sexual harassment. The male coworkers then berated the alleged victim for what they perceived was a decrease in her work load. One male coworker refused to work with her on any future assignment.
At six sites visited by the GAO, twelve different women related recent unreported incidents of what they term sexual harassment and sexual discrimination by management officials. They refused to report those incidents because reprisal. At two separate offices during GAO interviews , three or more women alleged sexual harassment by agents in charge of their office. Offenses ranged from offensive statements, unwelcome touching to outright propositions.
Richard C. Stiener, Director of Offices of Special Investigations testified before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Committee on Post Office and Civil Service House of Representatives on March 8 1994. Lengthy testimony centered on the investigation by GAO on DEA, and BATF who though more cooperative than DEA had similar problems. Numerous recommendations were made,yet dates and manner of implementation or follow up were not requested. Nor was any request made to encourage adequate cooperation with GAO investigators.