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EEOC launches probe of TSA ‘hostile work environment’

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating the Transportation Security Administration for creating a "hostile work environment," according to Tuesday media reports.

The Hill reports the TSA is alleged to have fostered this environment for minorities and women in 2010. One of the claims: TSA officials allowed a "Jeopardy-style game" that contained offensive categories, according to the report.

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson requested the EEOC investigate, The Hill stated.

In response, the EEOC wrote to Mr. Thompson, Jan. 25: "It is our intent to conduct a program evaluation of the TSA within the Department of Homeland Security."

This isn't the first EEOC look at the TSA.

In 2010, according to Federal Daily, the EEOC upheld a judge's ruling in favor of a former TSA worker who complained of unfair treatment — and ultimately, firing — due to his disability. Then, the plaintiff was awarded $150,000 in damages.

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