11 Secret Service Agents Placed on Leave

In Colombia, 11 secret service agents were placed on leave because of their alleged involvement in misconduct. The nature of the misconduct was not disclosed. However, it has been reported that all 11 of the agents brought women back to their rooms at a hotel separate from where Obama was staying who were “presumed to be prostitutes.” The controversy threatened to unravel a two day summit in which Obama’s trip focused on boosting economic ties with Latin America. The Secret Service has argued that the incidents do not relate to its ability to provide security for Obama’s stay in Colombia. Read More

The termination of the employees discussed above, calls to mind employer retaliation in circumstances when an employee is fired for complaining about a business practice. Employer retaliation constitutes any adverse action taken by an employer when an employee has filed a complaint against the employer. Different forms of retaliation include harassment or discrimination, as well as getting fired or being punished by an employer. According to the United States Department of Labor, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This law is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In addition, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. This law is enforced by the Civil Rights Center. Read More

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