The Department of Justice has released a scathing report against White House liaison Monica Goodling, an aide to former Attorney General Roberto Gonzalez. The report, entitled "An Investigation of Allegations of Politicized Hiring by Monica Goodling and Other Staff in the Office of the Attorney General", concludes that politics illegally influenced the hiring of career prosecutors and immigration judges by discriminating against job applicants who weren't Republican or conservative foot soldiers.
The report also reveals that Goodling rejected one lawyer because she was a lesbian.
The report states:
In another matter, we found that Goodling violated Department policy and federal law, and committed misconduct, when she refused to extend the detail of a career AUSA, and later tried to block the AUSA from obtaining other details, at least in part because of rumors regarding the AUSA's sexual orientation.
The investigation started in response to the political firings of 9 Attorney Generals in 2006, which led to Gonzalez's resignation. Goodling could now lose her license to practice law because of the findings.
While the political based firing of people from the Bush Administration disgusting, it is no surprise. What is a bit shocking is how blatant they are about it. Goodling outright said she opposed people because "judging from his resume, he appeared to be a liberal Democrat" or "because of his wife's political affiliations."
It is also disturbing how high up discrimination against LGBT people goes in our country. We have no national recourse to stop these types of things from happening over and over again.
I think Pam Spaulding put it best in her blog on Pam's House Blend:
This is big news, particularly for people who think that you can't be fired because your sexual orientation in this country. Even when you think you are protected, you may not be.
This kind of political firing occurs in many places around the country all the time - the bottom line, unless city or state law protect you, being fired for your sexual orientation or gender identity is perfectly legal. My wife works for the state, and there's nothing to stop her from being legally axed solely for that reason if some fundie gets a wild hair. That's why we need ENDA.