ICE agent settles harassment lawsuit with gov't

Associated Press Modified: November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm •  Published: November 15, 2012
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the government have agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit, according a court record filed Thursday.

In a two-sentence notice, a lawyer for ICE Agent James T. Hayes Jr. said the "parties have come to an agreement in principal" to settle the case for $175,000.

Hayes' attorney in Maryland, Morris Fischer, wrote that along with the money, "a formal settlement agreement will be executed within the next several days" that will include other conditions, including Hayes keeping his job. It was not immediately clear who will pay Hayes, who is currently in charge of the agency's New York office.

Fischer was in a deposition Thursday and could not immediately be reached for comment.

ICE declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.

Hayes filed the lawsuit in May and described a "frat house" environment at ICE that humiliated male employees under former ICE chief of staff Suzanne Barr.

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