Investigators from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are looking into allegations about a supervisor using government time to recruit workers for “private sexual ‘swinger’ parties” at his home.
The complaint was submitted to the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security. He is accused of “gross sexual misconduct.” This complaint comes from a string of recent complaints made about management in the office.
The complaint claims that the employees at the ICE Enforcement Removal Operations office have been asked to partake in the sexual parties at the home of the supervisor. It goes on to say that the recruitment has been going on for over a year. The complaint claims the “practice is coercive of subordinate employees and an abuse of authority.”
Agents form the Office of Professional Responsibility scheduled interviews with agents in San Diego. Four of the agents interviewed were either asked to partake in the sex parties or were alleged to have helped organize them.
“The parties take place while their kids are watching a movie in their rooms. Kids are told that mom and dad are working on a project with the other couples and not to disturb them nor knock on the bedroom door for at least an hour,” says the complaint.
The carrying of cell phones is prohibited at the parties. The report claims some of the employees attend because they are “intimidated, afraid or foolishly ‘wow’d’ thinking participation will land them a promotion.”
It goes on to say, “Employees are being affected, traumatized, coerced and violated. It is an abuse of authority and needs to stop.”
Many complaints have been filed regarding the San Diego office. Some of these complaints have claimed racism and sexism are problems in the office. Racial slurs have become common in the office.
Felix Luciano, the head of the union that represents ICE workers in San Diego, said “They are not interested in getting to the root of the problem,”
ICE spokeswoman, Lorie Haley, said that the agency has directed its efforts toward creating a safe work environment through meetings with workers and supervisors. She said, “So far there have been no findings of discriminatory actions or significant deficiencies in local management practices.”