Head of FBI’s Office in Seattle Resigns Abruptly; She Had Long-Standing Sexual Discrimination Claims
Laura M. Laughlin, head of the FBI’s office in Seattle for a decade, resigned abruptly Monday.
The Seattle Times reports that Laughlin retirement was anything but routine.
Laughlin, who joined the FBI in 1985, filed suit for sexual discrimination againt the bureau in 2011, claiming she was passed up for at least 15 promotions because of gender discrimination and retaliation since 2007.
An FBI spokeswoman said Laughlin was nearing her mandatory retirement age of 57 in September.
“Many special agents choose to retire before that age-related mandatory point,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said.