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Posted: February 3, 2010 04:37 PM

DHS Asked to Investigate Air Marshal Discrimination Allegations

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By Michael Grabell, ProPublica

The chairman of the House oversight committee has asked the Department of Homeland Security for an independent investigation into allegations of discrimination and retaliation in the Federal Air Marshal Service.

In separate stories, ProPublica and CBS News reported Monday that dozens of air marshals say they’ve been treated unfairly by an "old boys club" of supervisors who target employees who speak up or don’t fit a certain mold.

The Transportation Security Administration is investigating allegations that supervisors in the air marshals’ Orlando field office created a "Jeopardy!"-style game board with derogatory nicknames for African-Americans, Hispanics, homosexuals and veterans as a way to mete out discipline and undesirable assignments.

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