The Employment Law Group® attorney David Scher was quoted on the Northwest Indiana Times website in regards to his client Dawn Strobel’s employment discrimination lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Agency and its Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HICTA) task force.
“Dawn, we allege, became terminated because it became clear she was a lesbian, and others in the department didn’t like that …” said David Scher, Strobel’s Washington, D.C.-based attorney.
Scher said under federal laws, government employees who require security clearance can be fired if they are found to be hiding their homosexuality. In Strobel’s case, he said his office wants to defend her and create law in this area.
“It should be as difficult to dismiss someone based on their sexual orientation as it is with their race,” Scher said.
According to the complaint, Strobel’s supervisors said she was terminated for not being approved for the necessary security clearance.
“She was never denied a security clearance, and in fact still has a security clearance,” Scher said, adding Strobel was denied due process by never being allowed to deny the security clearance allegation.