WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today
that it has reached an agreement in principle to settle Garcia, et al. v. Merrick Garland,
Attorney General, Dep’t of Justice, a class action lawsuit brought
on behalf of female Special Agents who were not selected for overseas
assignments between 1990 and 1992.
is committed to increasing the recruitment of female Special Agents, addressing
any discriminatory barriers to advancement, and promoting new and meaningful
opportunities,” said Administrator Anne Milgram. “This settlement builds upon
DEA’s continuing efforts to promote the advancement of women in our workforce.”
settlement agreement resolves the lawsuit for $12 million. The administrative
judge must approve the settlement agreement after notice has been provided to
the affected class members and they have had an opportunity to comment. If
approved, the agreement will provide compensation to 71 current and former DEA
employees who presented individual claims for damages.