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Sexual harassment in the Secret Service?

Two Secret Service agents were accused of sexual misconduct under President Obama's detail.
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    December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Secret Service members from President Barack Obama's security team are currently being investigated for purported sexual misconduct. The investigation evolved from an incident at a D.C. hotel in May 2013. According to reports, a Secret Service agent removed a bullet from his weapon and left it in a room of a female hotel visitor, whom the man had met earlier at a bar in the hotel.

Reports suggest that the man, also a supervisor in the agency, attempted to gain entry to the room when he discovered that the ammunition was left behind. The man asserted that he was a Secret Service agent and demanded that he enter the room. Subsequent to this incident, the hotel contacted the White House.

No police report or Secret Service complaint was ultimately filed. Nevertheless, the disruptive incident spurred further investigations. The Washington Post reports that there was a routine search of the agent's BlackBerry, which was issued by the agency. In this search, law enforcement discovered that the employee and an additional supervisor purportedly sent sexually suggest emails to female employees of the Secret Service.

As a result, the Public Affairs Department of the Homeland Security plans to release an inspection report with a detailed look at the Secret Service in the next couple of weeks.

Sexual harassment at work

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment includes harassing behavior in the employment arena. This might involve unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other physical or verbal misconduct that is sexual in nature. Under the law, sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and may involve the following actions by supervisors:
- Offering employment advances in exchange for sexual favors
- Making sexual gestures
- Making verbal sexual advances
- Unwanted physical contact
- Threatening verbal abuse of a sexual nature

Both men and women can be sexually harassed or responsible for harassment. Moreover, victims of this misconduct can be employees of minimum wage jobs or high-paying, prestigious professions.

In the aforementioned case, the supervisors' behavior could be viewed as acts of sexual harassment or misconduct in the workplace. Sources suggest that the two agents have been dropped from President Obama's detail, but this has not been confirmed.

If you have been harassed at your place of employment, or you suspect you have, it helps to meet with a legal professional about your workplace environment. You do not have to put up with offensive and inappropriate actions. To learn more, contact an employment law attorney in your area.

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