Former FBI Agent Files Discrimination Claim Alleging Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

A former FBI agent has filed suit in an Indiana federal court claiming sexual harassment and a hostile work environment while working in the Indianapolis field office. The case is Rachwalski v. Garland et al., case number 1:23-cv-02138, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

According to the suit, Alexis Rachwalski worked at the FBI’s Indianapolis field office in January 2020. A supervisor made inappropriate comments about her relationship status and sent her intrusive text messages for some months. Another agent informed her that she had been referred to as a “big butch lesbian cop,” that she was another supervisor’s “type,” and that she should wear a “low-cut shirt.” Yet another supervisor requested Rachwalski’s protected medical information and then disclosed during a squad meeting that she was receiving physical therapy for a work-related injury.

Throughout her term of employment in Indianapolis, Rachwalski was denied a spot on a public corruption squad, refused participation in a temporary assignment in the Chicago field office, and accused of violating confidentiality, which ultimately gave her a negative performance review. Ultimately, Rachwalski was advised that she had not passed her probationary period and could resign or be terminated.

Rachwalski later filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice. In March 2023, she received a memo from the DOJ’s Complaint Adjudication Office stating that it was issuing a final decision. However, as of November 29, 2023, Rachwalski had yet to receive a decision on her DOJ complaint.

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