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High Rates of Discrimination, Harassment at CFPB

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The federal administration is not immune to charges of discrimination and harassment at many of its workplaces. Now it's the turn of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to face charges of discrimination and harassment. According to employees of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, they are frequently subjected to racial, offensive, sexist and discriminatory behavior.

The Washington Times recently obtained internal agency documents that found evidence of claims filed by employees. In one claim, the employee claimed that the management referred to an employee using derogatory terms. Another claim alleges that one of the departments is nicknamed The Plantation, because a large number of employees who work there are African-Americans while their managers are white.

According to many of the employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency fosters an environment where there is limited accountability, and that allows managers to create little pools of power and authority, and discriminate against employees without the threat of censure. The managers are ultra-powerful, and in a position that very often allows them to oppress workers below them.

According to the documents, the situation has been troublesome for quite a while now, but has been out of the public view. However the Washington Times says that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is aware of the complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination filed by employees, and is taking some steps to settle these complaints. It's not yet clear what kind of steps the bureau is going to take to settle such cases.

The agency however says that earlier this year, it came across issues of discrimination, and ”broad-based disparities,” in the way employees at the agency were rated, both in 2012 and 2013.

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