Senior immigration official resigns amid misconduct allegations

The lawsuit alleged Barr “created a frat-house type atmosphere … targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.” Among claims were that she called a male subordinate at his hotel room “screaming” she wanted to perform oral sex on him.

Suzanne Barr

A senior appointee at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, stepped down on Saturday amid allegations of discrimination and sexual misconduct lodged by an employee.

Suzanne Barr, chief of staff to ICE Director John Morton, resigned, the agency said. She was cited in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a senior ICE official in May.

In the lawsuit, James T. Hayes Jr. alleged that he had been passed over for a high-level position within the agency in favor a less-qualified woman, and detailed allegations of “sexually offensive behavior” by Barr directed against male subordinates.


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