Last Wednesday, we had the amazing (and fun) situation of Annette Clark who was blowing the whistle on St. Louis University in general and the law school in particular. The sequel to that has been that the president of St. Louis Father Lawrence Biondi then blew the whistle on Clark, contending that her Martin Luther-type gesture was mere posturing before the University fired her.
But, hey, that's academia and few of our lives - or our taxpayer money - are affected by the goings-on at one midwest pillar of intellectual excellence.
Much more juicy is the May lawsuit alleging employment discrimination and retaliation filed by James T. Hayes, New York State Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement against head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Here is a copy of the complaint. Debbie Schlussel brought that story mainstream on her blog. Now it's bouncing around everywhere, from the Drudge Report to THE NEW YORK POST. Those two, of course, are conservative media outlets and Napolitano is employed in a Democratic one. Also, this is an election year.
Hayes claims that his boss favored female employees. The particular instance cited in the lawsuit is the allegation that he was pushed aside to make room of Dora Schriro. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been dragged in since she now is employed by him in the Department of Corrections. As this story continues to catch fire, the Mayor's office will be deluged with media calls about how she got the job, how is she performing, and, most importantly, who didn't get the job.
The complaint also contends that another female employed by Napolitano - Suzanne Barr - interacted with male employees in a way that humilitated them. The alleged details, described in THE NEW YORK POST, are the stuff of late night show jokes. For example, David Letterman could develop the Top 10 list of what your female boss's favorite female employee screams into the phone if you are a male employee.
This puts the mess at St. Louis off the front page of serial whistleblowing. A good time will be had by all during Campaign 2012.