ICE agent settles harassment lawsuit with gov't


WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal discrimination lawsuit that led to the resignation of a senior Homeland Security Department official has been settled out of court.

A lawyer for James T. Hayes Jr., an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says in a court filing that the "parties have come to an agreement in principal" and settled the case for $175,000. The two-sentence court record filed Thursday says conditions of the settlement include Hayes keeping his job.

It was not immediately clear who will pay Hayes, who is currently in charge of the agency's New York office.

In the lawsuit, Hayes described a "frat house" atmosphere that humiliated male employees under former ICE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr.

Barr, who has denied wrongdoing, resigned in September.

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