CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRET SERVICE DIRECTOR CLANCY ON $24 MILLION SETTLEMENT OF DECADES-OLD RACIAL-BIAS CLAIMS BROUGHT BY AFRICAN AMERICAN SECRET SERVICE AGENTS
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January 18, 2017 202-225-3816
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Applauds President Obama and Secret Service Director Clancy on $24 Million Settlement of decades-old Racial-Bias Claims Brought by African American Secret Service Agents
Jackson Lee: “I am pleased this two-decade-old racial discrimination case has been resolved. I am glad to see the Secret Service renew its commitment to fairness in promoting its most talented officers and agents. As Director Clancy moves the agency forward under the new administration, I hope and expect the Secret Service to embrace transparency. Secret Service agents who put their lives on the line to keep us safe deserve to have their efforts rewarded by a fair promotion process.”
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement today regarding the $24 million settlement reached between the Secret Service and plaintiffs compensating more than 100 dedicated African American agents for legal injury they suffered as a result of unfairness in the agency’s promotion practices:
“I applaud President Obama and Secret Service Director Clancy for their great work in reaching the agreement that settles the two-decade-old case involving more than 100 black agents alleged to have been denied promotion because of racially discriminatory promotion practices that routinely promoted white agents over more qualified African American candidates.
“I thank Mr. Moore and all the plaintiffs for bringing this issue to light and for persevering in their search for justice. This case was tied up in litigation for entirely too long and through too many administrations. I am glad to see the plaintiffs obtain compensate and closure, remedying the sting of the discrimination the agents suffered and the career opportunities they lost and believe and hope this long fought for result will prevent future discrimination in the agency.
“As a senior member of the House Committees on Homeland Security Committee Homeland Security, which has jurisdictional oversight over the Secret Service, I have worked closely among my colleagues in Congress, as well as with agency leaders, to ensure that they have the resources needed to properly do their jobs, and a work environment marked by a fair and transparent promotion process. within the federal government and hope that today’s announcement will ensure that the agency’s continued commitment to do so in the future.
“The Secret Service has long tradition of doing great work as the elite law enforcement agency responsible for ensuring the president’s safety. I am glad to see them acknowledge the unfairness endured by Mr. Moore and the other eight plaintiffs which amount to a glass ceiling which denied advancement to so many qualified African American agents for so long. I applaud the Secret Service for changing its long-standing promotion process by considering multiple candidates for each position and keeping records of factors for making promotions, as well as agreeing to create a hotline for agents to report bias, and to keep track of racial-bias complaints made against supervisors when considering them for promotion. This settlement agreement brings needed changes to make the Secret Service a model for other law enforcement agencies to emulate.”
Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations