CBS News reports that more than a dozen federal agents have filed an employment
discrimination action against the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). According
to reports, the agents allege that the DEA has subjected the workers to
“consistent, perpetual harassment that continues to escalate.”
One of the servicemen has alleged that he has been constantly harassed
by DEA managers because he also serves his country as a U.S. Marine colonel
He says DEA managers don’t like military reservists taking time off
work from the DEA to deploy overseas.
Others have joined the suit, noting that complaint claims DEA supervisors
routinely subject military reservists to “hostile and offensive
comments in the workplace” and that DEA managers discriminate against
agents who serve in the military by “denying reservists promotions
Pursuant to the
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), most military personnel must be returned to their jobs when
returning from serving in the military, and employers are prohibited from
discrimination based on an employee’s military service.
Here, the suit alleges “The Reservists contend that they themselves
have suffered concrete acts of discrimination, retaliation, reprisal and
a hostile work environment by DEA supervisors and senior management up
to and including the DEA Administrator, Deputy Administrator and Career
Board. Further, they suspect that since September 11, 2001, the DEA has
hired and retained far fewer Drilling Reservists, as part of a pattern
and practice of dissuading agents from remaining in the Armed Forces.”
The DEA agents are seeking back pay, retroactive promotions, monetary damages,
and mandatory employment discrimination training for all DEA managers.
For more information or if you believe you have suffered discrimination
as the result of serving in the military, please contact the dedicated
Atlanta employment lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, for an immediate, confidential consultation.