Bipartisan Judiciary members request probe into gender discrimination allegations at FBI academy

Bipartisan Judiciary members request probe into gender discrimination allegations at FBI academy
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Lawmakers from both parties on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday requested that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) inspector general probe gender discrimination allegations at the FBI's training academy. 

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing MORE (D-N.Y.), ranking member Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Trump praises GOP unity in opposing resolution condemning tweets House votes to condemn Trump for 'racist comments' MORE (R-Ga.) and Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment 'Orange is the New Black' author to Congress: Reform 'patriarchal' criminal justice system Top Democrat: Mass incarceration in US is 'an embarrassment' MORE (D-Calif.) and John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeRepublican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Bipartisan Judiciary members request probe into gender discrimination allegations at FBI academy Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger MORE (R-Texas) wrote a letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz requesting an investigation into the FBI's training and selection practices for new agents. 

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Their letter specifically cites a lawsuit filed in May that alleges women have been "sexually harassed, subjected to a hostile work environment and outdated gender stereotypes, constructively discharged, forced to resign under pressure or who perceived that continuing in the training would be a futile gesture, suffered retaliation, and/or suffered other types of harassment in whole or in part because of their gender since April 10, 2015." 

The suit also says that in many cases, women of color and disabled women are "excessively singled out for adverse treatment," according to the letter. 

The suit said that more than 100 women may have been subject to the alleged treatment. 

"If true, such conduct cannot be tolerated," the lawmakers wrote. "The selection process employed by the FBI must be free from discrimination on the basis of factors such as gender and race, and individuals hired to these important positions should reflect the diversity of our country."

The Hill has reached out to DOJ for comment. 

The FBI said in a statement that it could not comment on litigation, but that it is "committed to fostering a work environment where all of our employees are valued and respected."

The agency noted that its onboard average of female special agents is 20 percent and that so far this fiscal year its special agent Basic Field Training Course was 32 percent female. 

--Updated at 4:24 p.m.