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Sex discrimination alleged in lawsuit against Justice Department

The United States Department of Justice, through the work of its United States Attorneys and staffs, works to prosecute crimes committed in violation of federal law. District of Columbia residents may be familiar with the 13 appellate courts to which district court matters are raised on appeal; district courts are where alleged violations of federal law are initially heard for trial.

There are district courts throughout the country and attorneys who serve those courts as prosecutors. While most of those prosecutors are seasoned with regard to bringing lawsuits on behalf of the people of the United States, they may not be as familiar with initiating litigation on behalf of themselves. A former prosecutor for a federal court recently did just that, however, when she filed claims against the Department of Justice alleging to be the victim of sex discrimination.

According to the former prosecutor, who was hired to improve conviction rates on particular crimes relating to domestic violence and sexual assault, individuals above her in her office prevented her from effectively serving those who looked to her office for justice. She was subjected to verbal assault with other female members of the staff and became a victim of harassment as a result of her experience. In addition to the poor treatment she received as a prosecutor, the woman was denied several promotions despite her suitability for the positions.

Sex discrimination is a real problem for many workers in a variety of different industries. As this individual fights for justice in her own personal case, others here in the District of Columbia may be suffering from similar forms of discrimination and harassment. No one should be harassed or abused in her place of employment. Those who have experienced discrimination in the workplace may have rights to compensation for their incurred damages.

Source:, "Ex-prosecutor sues DOJ, U.S. attorney for NE, alleges sex discrimination," Riley Johnson, May 27, 2015

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