The U.S. House Judiciary Committee wants an investigation into the alleged sexual harassment of women at the FBI training academy in Quantico, 30 miles south of D.C.
Sixteen women, including several from D.C., Virginia and Maryland, sued the U.S. Justice Department, alleging women face sexual harassment and crude gender stereotypes at Quantico.
Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department Inspector General to investigate how the FBI selects new agents and runs its training program in Virginia.
The committee said if the allegations of harassment are true, the conduct can’t be tolerated.
In one passage of the civil suit against the Justice Department, the women said female trainees were subjected to sexual jokes, including jokes about “pregnancy, false allegations of infidelity, use of birth control and manner of dress."
The suit also alleges training programs give men an unfair advantage.
The FBI said it can’t comment on the lawsuit but it is committed to fostering a work environment where all employees are valued and respected.