A D.C. federal judge shot down an attempt by the Justice Department to throw out the bulk of a proposed class action by more than a dozen women alleging they were systematically driven out of the FBI agent training program and subjected to sexist double standards.
In a one-page order filed Friday, U.S. District Judge Jia M. Cobb denied the federal government's motion for partial dismissal of a proposed class action alleging the law enforcement agency allowed rampant bias in its trainee program in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
The 17 plaintiffs, some proceeding pseudonymously, had claimed that the bureau cracked down on female trainees but let men off the hook for mistakes it cited to block most of them from becoming full agents.
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The current and former FBI employees are represented by Joseph M. Sellers and Christine E. Webber of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and by David J. Shaffer.