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Leave Sharon Stone Look at Home: Govt Sexism Investigator

September 7, 2006 


From POGO's blog:

Another blooper starring U.S. Special Counsel Scott Bloch. When his agency isn't blowing off whistleblower complaints, it is supposed to help police cases of sexism and discrimination inside the federal government. Which is why some employees at the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) were disturbed when an internal newsletter (VERY LARGE pdf; see last two pages) recommended that women avoid tight pants and "before choosing a skirt to wear, sit down in it facing a mirror." Inquiries from the Washington Post caused Bloch to retract this fashion advice to his employees.

For those who have not been tuned in to this saga, Scott Bloch has violated many of the "prohibited personnel practices" that he is supposed to enforce including, most notably, reprisal for whistleblowing. As a result, he is under investigation by the OPM Inspector General. Rumors that Bloch is on the chopping block have swirled.

Here's a letter today (pdf) from our attorney Debra Katz of Katz, Marshall and Banks asking the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues to denounce Scott Bloch’s inappropriate fashion advice.

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