- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An FBI agent said she felt demeaned by her Omaha boss after he allegedly ordered her to wear high heels and smile more often.

Georgia Scott filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department and the FBI, the Omaha World-Herald reported. She’s seeking unspecified damages for wages lost from what she calls a discriminatory demotion and transfer to the FBI’s San Antonio, Texas, division.

Huston Pullen, a spokesman for the Omaha FBI, declined to comment, saying it’s a personnel issue.

Scott has been working for the FBI since 1998. She was promoted in 2009 to a supervisory investigative specialist role in Omaha. She was the office’s only black female supervisor at the time, according to the lawsuit.

Scott received a new supervisor in 2011 who she alleges began undermining her authority, such as overriding her personnel decisions on scheduling and promotions. Scott said she confronted her boss and other management officers in 2012 about feeling treated as a stereotypical “angry black female.”

After doing so, Scott alleges her boss ordered her to “pay more attention to her appearance,” including wearing more skirts, dresses and high heels. Her boss also created a “developmental plan” that required Scott to “smile occasionally,” moderate her volume and avoid cursing.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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